Amy (Airhart) Herring- Amy is a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor. Raised on the lower Wishkah in Aberdeen, Amy comes from two Grays Harbor pioneer families. Amy is married with four sons, including two stepsons that live out of state. Amy graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1996. She went on to Grays Harbor Community College and Evergreen State College and earned her AA degree in General Studies and BA in Art and Writing. Later to change her BA core classes through the addition of an AA in Human Services through Grays Harbor Community College and Evergreen State College’s upside down program. Amy has spent the past 11 years with the State of Washington as a social worker. Amy previously had a variety of employment including working in the museum photo archive lab, working with crime victims and training crime victim advocates, in-home therapy services, local mill work and retail sales/distribution. Amy has volunteered for a variety of local charities over the years and also serves on the board of a non-profit that provides needed items to children in foster care. Amy joined the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum in July 2018.
Acting President (Vice President) of the Board
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Patti graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1977 and attended Grays Harbor College. She volunteered as a girl scout leader from 1979-1984 and worked at Southside Swansons for 38 years.
In 1986, Patti had a bone marrow transplant and shortly after she started counseling patients before they went in for a transplant.
Patti’s love of history comes from listening to the stories from her grandparents about Aberdeen during the 1920’s. Today you can usually find Patti researching her family history.
Treasurer of the Board
Raised on the lower Wishkah, Nancy graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1966. She attended Pacific University earning a BS in Physics in 1970. She retired with 25 years service from U S West as an Outside Plant Engineering Manager. Besides her service on the Board as Treasurer, Nancy was Volunteer Coordinator & Past Perfect trainer for the Aberdeen Museum for about 2 years. Nancy is the facilitator for the Grays Harbor Museum Association and a member of the Board of the McCleary (Carnell House) Museum.
Secretary of the Board
Ruth Hamilton is a newcomer to Grays Harbor. Her love of history and museums brought her to the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Art) degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and a Master of Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University Center for Museum Studies in Orinda, California. She has worked in hospitals, banking, real estate development, product innovation and in film and video production. After 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is enjoying the process of discovering more about her new community. She lives in Hoquiam with her two sons, two cats, and two dogs.
Douglas C. Orr
Board Member at Large
Douglas Orr was born at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and comes from a long line of Grays Harbor Natives. Mr. Orr currently is Director of the Aberdeen Art Center, Curator of Alder Grove Gallery, and President of the Harbor Art Guild. He strives to help revitalize and rebuild Downtown Aberdeen by creating a vibrant arts science.
In addition to serving on the Friends of Aberdeen Museum board, Mr. Orr also serves on the board of the Aberdeen Historic Commission.
“Everything you see is art, support artists!”
Jennifer Jones Bennefeld
Board Member at Large
Jenny is a third generation Harborite who is excited about being a part of preserving the rich history of the area. Her parents moved her away at 11 but she has been back in the area 2 years. Jenny works as a Dental Hygienist and is married with 3 daughters ages 13, 10 & 6.
Board Member at Large
Born in Santa Cruz, California, Connie spent most of her childhood in lumber camps and attended a different school every year until high school. In addition to raising two children, she was a freight broker, owned a craft store, and spear-headed a community education program in La Center, WA. Her love of history motivated her to start Historic Hoquiam Memories, now in its fourth year.
The Friends of the Aberdeen Museum board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the Art Center office, Market & K (entrance is on the K Street side). You can also find information about what’s happening by checking this web site, our Facebook page, or calling 360-533-1976.
Phone messages can be left for all Board Members at (360) 533-1976.
Contact Friends of Museum
Visit our office
Market & K St (K St Entrance)
Volunteers are in the office Tuesday and Thursday 1-4 pm and during Aberdeen First Fridays.