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.
Gardner Morelli, 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 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.
Dale Blocher, Treasurer
Dale and his family have been members of MIBC since 2017, when they moved to Mercer Island from Bellevue seeking a more family-oriented community. Dale has been a management consultant for over 20 years, and previously ran a private equity fund. Dale, his wife Annemarie and their daughter enjoy many of the great activities the Club has to offer including social events, BBQs in the picnic area, the fitness room, swimming and kids camp.
Andrew Lamb, Secretary
Andrew Lamb joined the club in 2010 when his family moved to the island. He and his wife Julie are Pacific Northwest natives and enjoy all aspects of the Club with their 4 children, but particularly swim team, BBQ’s and socializing with friends during the summer. You might see Andrew “DJ-ing” at swim meets or the occasional social event, or working remotely from his boat in the marina.
Lynn Abulhosn, Trustee
Lynn and her family were attracted to MIBC because of its friendly, laid back atmosphere to hang out with friends and take in the stunning views of the lake and Mount Rainier. Lynn is a strategic leader who brings to the board nearly 20 years of broad business experience. Most recently she was a senior executive for a commercial real estate company in Seattle. She is experienced in real estate facility operations, shaping culture, people leadership & HR, Marketing, PR, & Communications, IT & Systems, and Administration. She and her husband Mak have two sons and enjoy summer BBQs, swimming and playing tennis at the Club.
Frances Ames, Trustee
Frances and her family have been members since 2017. Frances is a commercial real estate lawyer. She and her husband, Ryan and their two children, moved from NYC to Mercer Island in the summer of 2015. Frances and her family love spending summer at the Club and can’t get enough of the spectacular view. Her kids can be found swimming in the pool and love the water slide. They have even attempted to fish in the lake (albeit unsuccessfully). She and her husband enjoy playing tennis and pickleball and socializing with their friends at the club. Being relatively new to the island, Frances and her family are excited to meet and spend more time with the members of the Club.
Laurie Givan, Trustee
Laurie, her husband Charlie and her two boys have been members since 2011. Laurie and Charlie are native Mercer Islanders and 2nd generation MIBC members. Professionally, Laurie spent some years in corporate licensing at Eddie Bauer and then over 13 years as an account executive for a local packaging company. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. She and her family enjoy summer swim team and tennis, fitness classes, barbecuing with family and friends at the Club.
Grant Goodall, Trustee
Grant is a fourth generation Seattleite growing up in the University District and attending Seattle Prep where he ran cross country and rowed crew. After attending Western Washington University, Grant joined Microsoft and has held various project management roles currently overseeing the construction of a $9M specialized operation center. Grant, his wife Kaitlin and his two children enjoy the outdoors, boating and cheering on the Seahawks.
Tyler Simpson, Trustee
Tyler, his wife Andrea and their three daughters have been members of the Club since 2016. Tyler and Andrea are often found at the picnic tables several days a week during the summer months hanging out with friends while chasing kids running back and forth between the pool, day dock, and beach. Tyler has spent his 20+ year career in the technology sector as a software engineer currently serving as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Luum. Tyler enjoys an active lifestyle including running, cycling, and competitive rowing.