DIHAC President / Board Member
Kathryn is a practicing attorney and has been involved in community projects on Dauphin Island for several years.
Prior to organizing DIHAC in March 2013, Kathryn was a founding director of West Bay and Gulf Coast Tourism Development Corporation ("TDC") in 2010. Her work with TDC included the coordination of the inaugural "Seafood, Science and Celebrity" in March 2011, starring Food Network star, Alton Brown.
Kathryn was later instrumental in the writing and passage of the enabling State legislation for the South Mobile County Tourism Authority (successor to TDC) and negotiated the formation of SMCTA by the Town of Dauphin Island, the City of Bayou La Batre and Mobile County. During Kathryn's tenure as SMCTA's first Executive Director, she created and coordinated events such as the inaugural SeaGrass Music Festival in March 2012, starring Ricky Skaggs, Sarah Watkins and a number of other nationally-known bluegrass artists. Kathryn is also a former Board member of the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce where her work included creating and coordinating the inaugural Dauphin Island Gumbo Cookoff in April 2010.
Deborah Jones is a native of Mobile, Alabama. However, for the past 12 years, she has enjoyed creating her artwork in her “Studio by the Sea” on Dauphin Island. She is a self taught watercolorist with a tropical flare.
She helps with the elementary school art club programs, volunteers with the DI women's club the local chamber of commerce and assists in organizing art festivals and juried art shows.
Not only is she interested in visual arts, but loves to promote performing arts as well. She is one of the founding members of the DIHAC and is active in its design and promoting the galleries interests as well as the heritage of Dauphin Island .
Kathy was a left-brain lawyer in her prior life. She began working with her right-brain about ten years ago painting furniture and creating sea life shadow boxes, crosses and mirrors. She progressed to canvas with art classes in acrylics at Samford University.
She is currently living in Fairhope and loving the many painting classes offered in the area. Kathy loves the beach, seashells and painting with a passion that she hopes shows in her art.
Creating beautiful, lasting works of art is Frank Ledbetter’s passion. Drawing inspiration from the colorful flora and fauna of his native Alabama coast and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Frank renders metal into works of art with an inspired approach to color and form that has become his signature.
A self-taught, prolific metal artist, Frank enjoys creating functional pieces, as well as those which are purely decorative. Bringing a client’s idea to fruition is a very rewarding experience for him. He loves creating creatures, both real and imagined, to the delight and surprise of those who see them.
Beth Marietta Lyons
Beth Marietta Lyons is a Governmental Advocacy Attorney in Mobile. A former member
of the Alabama House of Representatives, she is a member of the Alabama Law Institute,
Leadership Alabama, Rotary Club of Mobile and Mobile United.
Living half-time in Dauphin Island, she is on the Board of the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association.
Although admittedly without creative talent of her own, she is a staunch supporter and
promoter of local artists and the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Museum.
Julie Sirmon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising, Public Relations and English from The University of Alabama. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, a sustaining member of The Junior League of Mobile, and an active member of the Women of the Church and the Flower Guild at her church St. Paul’s Episcopal. She enjoys taking classes in painting and pottery and shares her creations with family and friends.
Julie is a past board member of The Art Patrons League which supports the Mobile Museum of Art and the Mobile art community. She chaired the annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival on the grounds of the Mobile Museum of Art.
Julie and her husband reside in Mobile, and have enjoyed their second home on Dauphin Island for the past 14 years.
Peter Tanner is a 5th generation Mobilian, baring his namesake from his grandfather of the Tanner-Williams Community. Very much a boating/water person Peter has lived on Dog River, Fowl River, Rabbit Creek and now Dauphin Island, in one of the oldest houses on the Island- a house dating pre-bridge! Having 1st hand conversations with the house's previous owner, Peter is a vast and humorous source of Dauphin Island history. Peter is a founding board member of the Alabama Lighthouse Association, a volunteer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary, and a proud member of the DIHAC board.