Half Moon Bay History Association Board Members

Learn more about the members of our board.

Robin Kirby


Robin has lived in Half Moon Bay since 2014. She works as a Realtor with Alan Pinel Realty. Along with being on the Board of the Half Moon Bay History Association, she is on the Board of the Coastside Land Trust, and is Board President of the Senior Coastsiders organization and the Stanford Coastside Club.

Juliette Applewhite


Born in San Mateo, Juliette spent much of her spare time on the coast, where she settled in 2013. She is Chairman of the Education Committee, traveling to schools and teaching children about the coast’s history. She also serves on the Coastside State Parks Association board, and is a volunteer at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the Half Moon Bay Library.

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.

Lau Hodges

Museum Building Committee Chair

Lau was the Director of Operations and Exhibitions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers for many years. Her primary responsibilities included managing the one-of-a-kind Victorian era greenhouse, and designing and installing horticultural and historical exhibits. She is preparing for the opening of a museum at the Johnston Barn. She lives in Half Moon Bay and works at the Resource Conservation District.

Mary Ruddy

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. She is a docent at Año Nuevo State Park and loved researching donated antiques and vintage items for the former Senior Coastsiders Thrift Shop.

JoAnn Semones

Collections Manager

JoAnn is a maritime author and historian who has written widely about the Coastside. She looks forward to seeing the association’s archival and artifact collections reflect the stories of local people. She has volunteered at many coastal organizations and also serves as Chair of the association’s Communications Committee.

Julie Barrow

Collections Manager

Julie has a broad background in public involvement programs. She looks forward to tying the association’s collections to major interpretive themes based on key historic eras. She served with California State Parks, managing programs at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Año Nuevo State Park, and now acts as Co-Chair of the association’s Communications Committee.

Sally Benson

Museum Docent Co-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

Finance Committee Member

Dave has had a long interest in history and in hiking. He has lived in the Bay Area for his entire life, enjoying communities such as Mill Valley, Palo Alto, and the Mid-coast. He was a member of the Committee for Green Foothills and is now a member of the Mid-coast Community Council. He is employed as a principal engineer with Cumulus Networks designing computer systems and software.