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.
Nick Lenington, President
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.
Kristi O’Brien, Secretary
Kristi is an attorney and a long-time member of MIBC. She and husband Garth have 2 children. They have been Mercer Island residents and MIBC members since 2013. Kristi is a partner (and former managing partner) at Montgomery Purdue PLLC, where she has practiced various aspects of the law including business, real estate, employment, and contracts, and now focuses on corporate, M&A, contracts and healthcare law. She holds a JD from UW, and an MA from Columbia. Kristi and her family love the pool and summer swim team, mooring their boat in the marina, tennis programs and BBQ’ing.
Doug and his wife Deanna joined MIBC in 2017 when they moved to Mercer Island from Houston. They have 2 children. Doug brings a depth of financial experience and fresh ideas for the Club. He leads the customer success team for Amazon Business, and has an MBA from Vanderbilt. Doug has also served on the Boards of Child Advocates (CASA) and the Professional Pricing Society. At MIBC Doug and his family enjoy tennis, water sports (kayaking, paddle boarding and mooring their boat in the marina), swim team and BBQ’ing with friends.
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.
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.
Daniel, his wife Dana and their son have lived on Mercer Island for 5 years, are first-year members of MIBC, and have rapidly immersed themselves in many Club amenities such as the BBQ area, the beach, the pool and lake swimming, and tennis lessons. Professionally, he has an extensive technical and engineering background, and is currently a Solutions Architect for Quadient, an IT services company. Dan has a BS in Information Technology from the University of Minnesota, and also served previously in the military for 12 years.
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.
Eric Dorre, Trustee
Eric and his family moved to Mercer Island in early 2019 from London, England. The Dorre family immediately “dove” into all the MIBC has to offer; Eric swims with the Masters program, his two older children lifeguard and teach swim lessons, his youngest swims in White Waves and he and wife Jen are aspiring tennis players. In the summer, you can spot Eric on Dock F in the marina or grilling shortly after tying off his boat. Eric is a management consultant focused on financial services firms’ adaptation to regulatory and technology change. Eric grew up outside of Chicago, swam at Dartmouth College and earned his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School. Eric serves as a Committee Chair of Scout Troop 647.