The Sea Glass Center was founded in Maine in 2014 by sisters Danielle Perreault (founding President and Executive Director) and Aimee Thorman. The mission to preserve a permanent collection of international beachcombed finds continues today, as current President and Executive Director Mary McCarthy working with Board Members Danielle Perreault, Kim Hannon, Kirsti Scott and Richard Lamotte, transferred the nonprofit to Maryland where it operates currently, seeking to expand the collection and educational mission to include coastal erosion and marine debris.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary McCarthy is an author, journalist, reiki master, and beachcomber on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to serving as President and Executive Director of The Beachcombing Center, Mary is currently Secretary on the Board of Directors of the North American Sea Glass Association where she also serves as Education Chair. She has lectured, done educational exhibits, sea glass identification and judged contests at many sea glass and beachcombing conferences internationally.
Mary’s background is journalism; she is currently Senior Editor at splicetoday.com and her 25-year professional writing and editing career includes many magazines and newspapers across the country. She is the author of a number of books including a novel that reached #1 on the Amazon bestseller list and a children’s book, I SEA, A Beachcombing Treasure Hunt, with Kirsti Scott. Mary is a mother of four on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she enjoys kayaking, beachcombing, volunteering for beach cleanups, and scuba diving.
Kim is the owner of Ophiuroidea “The O” in St. Michaels and Kent Narrows, Maryland (ophiuroidea.com) and she has always been in love with the beach. Her shops showcase unique and handcrafted coastal items, mermaid art, genuine sea glass jewelry and coastal clothing & home decor. Kim’s love of beachcombing for sea glass, shells and driftwood along the ocean and Chesapeake Bay’s shorelines led to creating and hosting the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival held yearly in St. Michaels, Maryland. Kim is the current President of the North American Sea Glass Association and the St. Michaels Business Association and Treasurer and Secretary for The Beachcombing Center.
Danielle is the Co-Founder of The Sea Glass Center and is excited to see it transform into the Beachcombing Center. Danielle is also the sole Owner of The Deep Blue in Kennebunk, Maine. New England Travel Magazine names her shop a top place to shop in Southern Maine. When not at the shop, you can find Danielle somewhere on a beach collecting. Danielle has an amazing collection of sea glass that has been featured in Lure of Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte. Her earlier crafts have been featured in Sea Glass Crafts by C.S. Lambert. Her collection has also been featured by DownEast Magazine when they photographed her collection and made a calendar with the images.
Richard is the author of the award-winning book Pure Sea Glass and its sequel The Lure of Sea Glass. He is co-founder and past-president of the North American Sea Glass Association. Richard lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland where he began collecting sea glass in 1999. After researching glass history, and the science behind what creates sea glass, he published Pure Sea Glass in 2004. Since 2004 he’s traveled North America doing lectures and sea glass identification sessions. Richard and his book have been featured on Martha Stewart Living TV, in Coastal Living, Parade Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, on NPR and Maryland Public Television.
Kirsti is the Editor and Publisher of Beachcombing Magazine and the owner of Etched by the Sea Inc. She is a board member of the North American Sea Glass Association and The Beachcombing Center and founder of the Virtual Beachcombing Festival. Kirsti is an artist, graphic designer, and avid beachcomber. She lives on the central coast of California on Monterey Bay with her husband, Matt, a couple of cats, and occasionally their three grown children. She has degrees in Economics from Stanford University and Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.