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Harbor History Museum Announces New Board Members

Local residents Mark Nelson, Dave Morris, Tim Payne, Jane Koler, Lee Kilcup and Mary Grubbs will serve on the museum board, according to Executive Director Sue Loiland.

The Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor has announced the addition of six new board members, according to Executive Director Sue Loiland.

“I am so pleased with the quality of our new board members. Each of these individuals brings an expertise to the board that will help the Harbor History Museum thrive,” said Loiland.

The board members, who all have strong ties to Gig Harbor, are Mark Nelson, Dave Morris, Tim Payne, Jane Koler, Lee Kilcup and Mary Grubbs. 

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson is an attorney with Davies Pearson in Tacoma. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and his JD from Seattle University School of Law. Nelson, a Gig Harbor High School graduate, moonlights as the guitarist of the popular local music group, The Beatniks. He has a great interest in Gig Harbor’s history and is excited to help establish HHM as the area’s premier cultural arts center. Nelson lives on Fox Island with his wife and two children.

Dave Morris

Dave Morris became a member of the HHM Board of Trustees in January 2012. Morris is a principal with Keller Williams Realty West Sound. He is a member of the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary and operates the Morris Foundation along with his brother, Tim Morris. Morris is a long-time Gig Harbor resident.

Tim Payne

Tim Payne has served as the Gig Harbor City Council Position No. 1 since 2006. He is also the Executive Vice President of the Western Region EMA, Inc. He is a member of Chapel Hill Church, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and an assistant Little League coach. He and his wife live in Gig Harbor with their two boys.

Jane Koler

A graduate of Whitman College, Jane Koler went on to earn her M.A. in Art History from the University of Washington. After graduating Cum Laude from Seattle University, she clerked at the Court of Appeals before going to work for a boutique real estate firm in Seattle. In 2001, she opened her own practice, the Law Office of Jane Ryan Koler, PLLC. Koler has served on the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, its Executive Board, and is presently serving on the Gig Harbor Film Festival Board of Directors. Koler is married to Roy Humphries and has a daughter.

Lee Kilcup

Born and raised in Tacoma, Lee Kilcup earned a degree in Construction Management from Washington State University. Kilcup spent the next 30 years developing a very successful construction engineering and management career, which culminated in 2005 when he became CEO of GLY Construction. He retired in 2010. In 2011, he built his Gig Harbor home, which he lives in with Anne and their Golden Retriever, Bo. Kilcup has an extensive experience as a nonprofit volunteer, including serving as President of the Associated General Contractors of Washington and working with Habitat for Humanity. He has two grown children and enjoys gardening, golf, travel, boating and working out.

Mary Grubbs

Mary Grubbs is the most recent addition to the Harbor History Museum board. After retiring from the military in 1999, Grubbs joined the staff of MultiCare Health System. Grubbs held various positions with the company before accepting the position of Administrator of MultiCare’s Gig Harbor Medical Park in 2007. Grubbs is very active in the Gig Harbor community with her roles in the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Tacoma Community College Advisory Council and various community events. Grubbs lives in Lacey with her husband.

For more information on the museum’s Board of Trustees, visit the Harbor History Museum website.

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