Artist Boat

Betty Massey, President

Betty Massey is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She is the Executive Director of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, a private foundation based in Galveston, Texas and doing charitable work in both Texas and Virginia. Prior to joining the Endowment in September of 2000, Ms. Massey worked for Galveston Historical Foundation for close to seventeen (17) years, the last eleven (11) of which she served as Executive Director.

During the last few years she has served as chairman of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, vice chairman of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, a member of the board of directors of United Way and 2004 campaign chair, chair of the City of Galveston's Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, chair of the City's Hurricane Ike Recovery Committee, chair of the Galveston County Recovery Fund. Currently she is chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Galveston Housing Authority.

Betty is an avid runner, citing her greatest athletic accomplishment as the completion (albeit slowly) of 12 marathons; she took up long-distance bike riding a few years ago, and is a triathlon competitor. She also enjoys cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, tennis, and kayaking.

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Mary Orange,Treasurer

Mary Orange is the controller at Spectrum Organization,Inc., a property management company at 6300 Seawall. She has been a board member of numerous community, especially-youth related, boards. She has 20+ years in grant management and accounting as well as her years of non-profit service. Mary has known Karla for years since the Artist Boat was a twinkle in her eye". "I truly believe the Artist Boat is on the edge of greatness and I would like to be a part of helping it move forward". "

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Mort Voller

Mort was born in the UK prior to WW2, and has some vivid memories of living during the blitzes. Growing up on the edge of the countryside he developed a love for the outdoors, nature and natural sciences, as well as being a pretty fair soccer, tennis, cricket and piano player. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Natural Sciences MA, degree specializing in Geology and Metallurgy. After working for 4 years as a Specialty Steels Metallurgist, the last two in Canada, he obtained his MBA (Finance and Marketing focus) after a two year full time course. In 1967, after graduating he joined Cameron Iron Works in Houston as a Product Marketing Manager. In 1970, making the final switch to a more general non-metals business focus, he joined Humble Oil (now Exxon/Mobil) from which he retired after 30 years, the last few managing Exxon's Fuel Product Pricing department.

After retirement, Mort and wife Brenda sold their home in Houston and built a grandchild-friendly home on Galveston Island. In retirement Mort has spent a significant time volunteering, early on consulting for non-profits and disaster service for the Red Cross, finding interest in organizations involved with nature, especially bird life, and nature tourism on Galveston Island. He joined the Board of Friends of Galveston Island State Park and initiated the Sunday birding walks and birding by kayak and was President for one year. He introduced birding by kayak into Galveston's first FeatherFest (FF) 2003, helped organize FF 04, then Chaired the FF Committee for the next 4 years. He helped incorporate Galveston Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) in 2004, and was President for 4 years. Most recently he has been a member of the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve and Natural Recreational Area, development committee.

During his roles with GINTC and FF, Mort appreciated the help of both Karla Klay and Kris Benson and hopes that by being on the Board of Artist Boat he can help them take the quantum leap in scope and size that lies ahead.

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J. Alton (Al) Alsup

James Alton Alsup or Al is an attorney at law with Brown, Fowler & Alsup in Houston and resides in West University Place. His practice includes legal services to financial institution in Texas real estate and home mortgage transactions.

Al and his wife, Jeanne have a second home in Pirates Beach West and spend weekends and holidays in his �home of the heart�, Galveston. A Ball high graduate which BBA and Law degree from UT, he is thinking of retiring from fill-time law practice in January 2014 but continuing as special counsel to the firm. He has served on numerous boards and identifies his areas of possible contribution to Artist Boat in Pro bono legal support, marketing and advertising drawing from his Six Flags and Sid and Morty Krofft days.

Al is late-life aspiring artist (currently a fledging student at Glassell. He enjoys fly fishing, beach combing and reads widely.

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Richard Cron

Richard Cron is founder and president of Copano Communications, LLC, a public relations and media relations consulting firm. His skills in fundraising and as a public policy resource will benefit the board. He can liaison with local elected officials and regulatory agencies. He �is very interested in coast restoration and conservation efforts.�

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Pam Rice

Pam Kemp Rice joins the board with extensive experience in nonprofits and for profit as she traveled with her husband�s work in the oil and gas industry. She has lived the last 7 years on a sailboat in the yacht basin. She has served on the Gulf Coast Broker Association Board since 1998. In her position as a yacht broker, she has connections to the boating community.

Pam brings skills in policy development, program evaluation, special events, grant writing and fundraising.

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