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.
Dale Blocher, President
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.
Peter Hutt, Treasurer
Peter and his family joined MIBC in 2008 when they moved to Mercer Island. As native Californians, they appreciate the outdoor lifestyle, friendly family community and excellent education available on Mercer Island. Professionally, Peter has been a finance executive for 30 years. He currently consults to retailers on financial and operations improvement projects. Peter and his wife, Libby, enjoy many wonderful activities at the club including swimming with a view of Mount Rainier, fun social BBQs, and the fitness room. Peter has been working on his pickleball skills with a dedicated group of members.
Frances Ames, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Nick Lenington, Trustee
Nick and his family joined MIBC in 2010. His two children are active in aquatics, with his 16-year-old serving as a lifeguard, swim coach and swim team member. Nick’s wife, Rachel, grew up on MI, and as a member of the Club. Nick is a licensed civil engineer who directs a portfolio of commercial real estate projects at Vulcan. Nick’s leadership skills and construction and facilities background are well suited to support the Club is as it navigates the next phase of reinvention. Nick describes himself as a “potluck kind of guy” who wants to contribute, build and reaffirm the MIBC culture.
Carla Richards, Trustee
Carla and her family have been members of the Club since September, 2000. As a Beach Club neighbor, she has coordinated activities for the neighbors on Avalon Drive for many years. Additionally, she has helped with club social events. Carla’s professional and volunteer experience, along with her deep understanding of the Club, and Mercer Island provides her with broad skills that will serve the Board and our membership. Carla, her husband, Jim and son enjoy working out in the fitness center, barbequing and socializing at the Club.
Mike Vanderzanden, Trustee
Mike and his family have been members since 2006. He has been a regular contributor to the Club helping with moorage, work parties and attending social events. Mike recently retired from Boeing after 34 years leading engineering teams. He is a regular in the fitness center and values the Club as “home” for his family including wife, Julie and daughter, Megan. Mike is enthusiastic about the Club’s future and looks forward to creating opportunities to engage the membership in its rich history of community and volunteerism.
Gardner Morelli, Trustee (Past 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.