Walsh Orchid Island Ambassador
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Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Pat Walsh received his undergraduate degree in sociology from William and Mary and his Masters in Finance from George Washington University. He worked at Merrill Lynch for 32 years, with his last position being SVP of Global Human Resources. He and his wife are at Orchid Island from early January until late June. The rest of the year, they live in the Princeton, New Jersey area, near their children and 11 grandkids. They are members of: Quail Valley, The Ridge at Backbrook and Cherry Valley CC. At Orchid, Walsh enjoys playing golf (19 handicap), working out at the Fitness Center and walking on the beach. He participates in the Book Club and Finance Club. He loves the people at Orchid—both the members and staff and thinks it’s very well managed. He also really likes Vero Beach.

Donna Thrailkill’s hometown is Huntsville, Alabama. She attended both the University of Alabama and Drexel Institute of Technology and worked in marketing management. Today, she and her husband spend time in Boston, Atlanta, Huntsville, Paris—and of course, Orchid Island, where they reside for nine months of the year. In Alabama, they are affiliated with Cherokee Ridge, Huntsville Country Club and The Ledges. At Orchid, she takes part in the Garden Club, Orchid Outreach and the Orchid Island House Committee and is Chairman of the Holiday Decorations Committee. She loves playing golf at Orchid for the social aspects of the game. Her husband works out at the Fitness Center daily, and she enjoys Orchid’s dining and spa services. Most of all, she loves the community here. The members, management and staff combined help to create a lovely lifestyle.

Henry Thomas spends his time in Baltimore and Maine when not at Orchid Island. He is an insurance professional and attended Boston College. Other club affiliations include Elkridge (MD); Farmington (VA); Boothbay Harbor (ME). During his yearly three week stay at Orchid Island, Henry can be found utilizing the Fitness Center, spending time at the beach or playing a round of golf (10.7 handicap) He also enjoys boating on his Grady White. Two of his favorite things about Orchid Island are the people and the golf course.

Leslie Prothro, from New Hampshire, grew up in Bedford. Leslie, a Mental Health Counselor, attended Wake Forest University and The University of Texas at Austin. She is affiliated with Manchester and Abenaki Country Clubs (NH) and Quail Valley (VB). From November to May, you can find Leslie enjoying the Fitness Center, spending time at the beach, playing a round of golf (22 handicap) or participating in events such as Trivia Night and Friday nights at the Turtle Bar. Leslie loves the community of positive and engaging people at Orchid Island.

Chris Kirchen’s hometown is Greenwich, Connecticut, and he and his wife raised their children in Darien. They generally spend November through mid-June at Orchid Island, and much of the rest of their time at their home in Warren, Vermont. Kirchen received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and his MBA from Wharton. He began his career in marketing and consulting, and then moved into Venture capital. In Connecticut, the couple belongs to Woodway Country Club. At Orchid Island, Kirchen enjoys hiking, biking, the Orchid Book Club and golf (22 handicap). The Kirchens live in the condos and enjoy walking to the beach, working out at the Fitness Center and dining at Orchid’s restaurants. Kirchen’s favorite parts of life here are his fellow club members and the friendly staff. He also enjoys the attractive setting and the town of Vero Beach itself.

Colette Kennedy, a year-round resident of Orchid Island, grew up in New York. She was transferred to Chicago for work where she met her husband and spent most of their married life in Winnetka. Colette travels during the summer months to Europe and California where her children live. She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs (NY), worked in municipal bonds for Merrill Lynch and was a realtor in Winnetka. She has been affiliated with Westmoreland County Club (IL); The Woman’s Athletic Club (IL) and Lawrence Beach Club – Atlantic Beach NY. An avid tennis player, Colette is a member of the Tennis Committee and is on the B team. She also organizes a Monday morning tennis group that is always looking for players. Colette’s other hobbies include the Book Club, Bicycle riding (Townie level) walking and decorating. She can also be found enjoying the many events, parties and special dinners – “I think Chef Souza provides wonderful inventive cuisine.” Colette enjoys the sense of community at Orchid Island.

Georgie Hutton comes from Brookline, Massachusetts and received her BA from Boston University and her MA from Hood College. Her diverse career included owning a retail store and working in executive search. She spends nine to ten months each year at Orchid Island, while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico the remainder of the year. In Santa Fe, she is a member of Las Campanas. At Orchid Island, she participates in the needlepoint and bridge groups. She also works out at the Fitness Center, plays pickleball and golf (12 or 13 handicap) and enjoys going out on the Grady White 21.5 foot motor boat that she co-owns. The people are what she loves best about Orchid Island. She especially loves the intimacy and friendliness of the staff.

When not at Orchid Island, Bob Hausen lives in New York City and Watermill New York. He has membership affiliations with Laurel Links Country Club and Watermill Beach Club. Bob enjoys all of the activities offered at Orchid Island including golf (13 handicap) and tennis. He attended the University of Wisconsin for undergraduate studies and graduated from St. John’s University Law School.

Mary Grandy’s hometown is Somers/Bedford in Westchester County, New York, where she belongs to the Bedford Golf & Tennis Club. She spends November through May in Orchid Island. Mary attended Elizabeth Seton College. She stays very active at Orchid Island, participating in the Orchid Island Garden Club and Orchid Island Book Club, while also enjoying golf, walking and reading. Area organizations she is active in include the Yale Club of the Treasure Coast and the Junior League of Indian River County. At Orchid Island, she enjoys dining at the restaurants, playing golf and working out at the Fitness Center. She loves Orchid Island’s beauty and amenities, but the camaraderie and longevity of the membership is what she treasures most.

Ann Costello is originally from Oklahoma City, and she and her husband, John, lived in the Washington D.C. area for more than 40 years. Today, the Costello’s call Orchid Island home, living here from early October until May, while spending summers in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Ann is a graduate of Duke University. She is a lawyer and was a lobbyist on financial services issues. The couple belongs to the Chevy Chase Club, and she is a member of Sulgrave Club. Ann stays busy at Orchid Island serving on the Marketing Committee, as Co-Head of the Book Club and as members of the Yacht Club. She works out with a trainer at the Fitness Center, enjoys massages at the spa, dining in Orchid’s restaurants, going to the beach and summer outings on the pontoon boat. Best of all, she loves the people at Orchid Island and all the close friends they have made.