Meet Our Board of Trustees
The Mercer Island Beach Club is a member-owned institution, utilizing a Board of Trustees comprised solely of members to oversee the Club. Our energetic Board is an accessible group of committed members dedicated to maintaining the Mercer Island Beach Club as an enduring resource for our current and future members and families. Board members volunteer for consideration and are elected to serve three-year terms. The Board plays an actively engaged role in club operations, with special responsibilities around setting annual budgets and membership fees, planning improvements to our grounds and facilities, and approving upper-level hiring decisions, in conjunction with our experienced staff.
If you are interested in joining our ranks, we’d love to consider you as a candidate. To contact members of the Board, visit our Contact page.
Rick Marcou, President
Rick and his family have been members since 2010. They moved to Mercer Island from New York City in 2009 to enjoy the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. Rick has been in the real estate investment field for over 20 years. He and his wife Jennifer have three kids, Nikita (17), Nadia (11) and Damon (11). Rick’s favorite aspects of the Club are grilling, eating dinner and socializing in the picnic area during ‘magic time’ (beautiful weekend nights during the summer), heading out on his kayak, and Men’s Tennis Night. His family loves the kids camp and Jet skiing on the Lake.
Gardner Morelli, Vice President
Gardner and his family have been members since 2014. While new to MIBC, Gardner grew up on Mercer Island. He returned in 2013 with his wife Kim and daughter Emma (7) after 16 years living outside Washington and the US, to settle down and experience the high quality of life that Mercer Island provides and to be closer to family and friends. Gardner has been in Supply Chain Logistics and Manufacturing for over 25 years with leading companies such as General Electric and Rexel. Gardner’s favorite aspects of the Club are grilling out with friends, enjoying the conversation with members during the summer time, and swimming activities around the pool and lake.
Ryan Flynn, Treasurer
Ryan and his family have been members since 2011. Ryan is an independent financial advisor and operates his practice out of the Mercer Island town center. He and his wife, Amy, are both natives of Mercer Island and both graduated from MIHS. Ryan and Amy have two kids, Kate (9) and Charlie (7), which can be found enjoying the club all summer. Ryan’s favorite aspects of the club are enjoying a BBQ with friends, playing tennis at Men’s Night and Wimbledon Workout, pickleball, boating and swimming in the lake.
Andrew Lamb, Secretary
Nils Olsen, Trustee
Nils and his family have been members since 2000. He and his wife Bridget have two daughters, Emily (20) who attends Washington State University and Grace (13) who attends IMS. The family is very active in MIBC’s swim team. They are also frequent users of the fitness room. Nils has been in the Advertising business for 28 years. He currently works for iHeart Radio. His favorite aspects of the club are the fitness room, swim team and social experiences.
Arvid Hokanson, Trustee
Arvid and his family joined the club in early 2013, shortly after moving to Mercer Island. It was a homecoming for Arvid, who grew up on the island. Arvid and his wife, Julia, have two boys, Oscar (8) and Fritz (4). Arvid works for KUOW Public Radio as the assistant program director. Favorite activities at the Beach Club include year-round swimming, the social activities and summer BBQs.
Chuck Werdel, Trustee
Chuck and his family have been active members of the club since joining in 2008 after moving from the Bay Area. Chuck has a career background in logistics and asset management systems. He and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter Tess (13) and a boy Cutter (11), who have practically lived their summers bouncing back and forth from the lake and pool at the Beach Club. From the time they became members, his family has actively participated in the club’s swimming and tennis programs, enjoyed many a dinner on the deck and volunteered their time for various efforts. The club is their “house on the lake.”
Garth O’Brien, Trustee
Garth is a lifelong Washington state resident raised in Kirkland. He, his wife Kristi, daughter Maddie (7) and son Cade (5) moved from Issaquah to Mercer Island and joined the Beach Club in 2013. Garth is the Global Head and Director of Search Engine Optimization and content strategist for GoDaddy. Garth and Kristi are aspiring tennis players, while Maddie and Cade love swimming and the Little Waves program. The O’Brien’s spend many summer nights at the Beach Club enjoying dinner with friends and watching their kids pal around with all the other children. The Beach Club is a perfect way to end their busy days.
Tyler Simpson, Trustee