Half Moon Bay History Association Board Members

Learn more about the members of our board.

Juliette Applewhite


Born in San Mateo, Juliette spent much of her spare time on the coast, where she settled in 2013. She has served the association as Secretary and as Chair of the Education Committee  and has been on the Coastside State Parks Association board.  She also volunteers at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the Half Moon Bay Library. 

Julie Barrow


Julie has a broad background in public involvement programs. She is Co-Chair of the association’s Communications Committee and also one of association’s Collections Managers. Previously, she served with California State Parks, managing programs at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Año Nuevo State Park.

Scott Frazier


Scott moved to Half Moon Bay as a youngster in 1978 and has lived on the coast ever since. He has been a sports, entertainment, and real estate attorney for many years. He also finds time to volunteer with many local civic organizations and often provides pro bono legal services to members of the arts.

Mary Ruddy

Jail Museum Manager

Mary has been interested in history, anthropology and the great outdoors since age twelve. Her career included teaching high school social studies and working as a corporate trainer and human resources professional. She served as Chair of the association’s Education Committee and is a docent at Año Nuevo State Park.

Lau Hodges

Museum Building Committee Chair

Lau was the Director of Operations and Exhibitions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers where she managed the Victorian era greenhouse and designed and installed horticultural and historical exhibits. She lives in Half Moon Bay and works at the Resource Conservation District.

JoAnn Semones

Communications Chair

JoAnn is a maritime author and historian who has written widely about the Coastside. She serves as one of the association’s Collections Managers and has volunteered at many coastal organizations. She is also involved in several exhibit and interpretive projects at Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

Sally Benson

Special Projects Coordinator

Sally was born and raised in Half Moon Bay. Over the years, she has donned many business hats. She started a landscaping company, managed a salmon co-op, worked on a research vessel and owned a personal concierge firm. She volunteers with the Odd Fellows, Coastside Land Trust and any place that might need a helping hand.

Dave Olson

Special Projects Coordinator

Dave has lived in the Bay Area for his entire life and has a long interest in history and in hiking. He was a member of the Committee for Green Foothills and is now a member of the Mid-coast Community Council. He is a principal engineer with Cumulus Networks designing computer systems and software.