Board of Directors


Diana Berlin - President
Hello, I am Diana Berlin. I live in Lake Orion, Michigan with my husband, Dave. I am retired from many years as a legal secretary. I have two married children and five
grandchildren. I enjoy spending time golfing, on the water and playing with my grandchildren. My husband and I bought our first unit at Emerald Seas in 1983 and now own five weeks. My family owns 12 weeks. I refer to Emerald Seas as my winter “happy place”.



Judy Morrison

My husband, Lee, and I reside in Pittsburgh, PA. We have owned 10 weeks for approximately 18 years, some in February and March, and others in August. We were actively instrumental in the initial Owners’ takeover of the Board and subsequent control of the Resort.
My education consists of a BS and two Masters Degrees in education and business administration, and I’ve also had training in interior design.
Having owned and managed my rental properties for forty-plus years, I have extensive knowledge as an investor and manager and, therefore, held leadership and decision-making roles. Emerald Seas is my love and commitment, and I believe I have the education, skill, talent and time to benefit the Board and our Owners.


T.J. Parker - Secretary

My professional background includes experience on other
boards with fiduciary responsibilities. I am a Way2Win,
LLC Partner, which specializes in business strategy and
leadership development.As a year round resident of Boca
Raton, FL, I really appreciate how uniquely special
Emerald Seas is. As owners of multiple units since 1982,
our family enjoys long-term friendships with other owners
and their families. (We have grandchildren playing with
friends’ grandchildren.)


Steve Gorder - Treasurer

My wife Deb and I have been owners at Emerald Seas for several years and currently own weeks ten and eleven.  I live in Starbuck, Minnesota. I work for CHS Prairie Lakes, Inc. I was a volunteer fireman for 30 years and fire chief for 11 years of those years. Also an EMT for 20 years. I have served in many local government positions.   I am currently on the Minnesota Propane Association as treasurer.


Tom Butts - Vice-president

Hi, I am Tom Butts and I absolutely love being an owner at Emerald Seas! I live in Southwestern Ohio with my wife Judi. I have two daughters, a son-in-law and two incredible grandchildren. I have worked in the fire service for over 32 years and currently hold the position of Fire Chief for City of Kettering Ohio. I have many life long experiences and I have developed many qualities that will assist our board with the continued improvements of Emerald Seas. I truly cherish the opportunity of representing and serving our owners as a board member. I look forward to meeting as many of the owners as possible in the coming years. Emerald Seas is such an outstanding resort!



Allen Sample

Hello, I am Allen Sample, my wife Lynn and I live in Holly Michigan, and have been coming to Emerald Seas for five years. We now own three weeks, and have had the  pleasure of renting other weeks during the year.   Lynn and I have four children, and four grandchildren between us, and love sharing time with them at this wonderful place. I have been a small business owner since 1980, in the building industry.  I have built several custom homes, and for the past 18 years,  built and renovated many dental offices, and managed maintenance programs for over 20 commercial buildings. I hope to use my experience as a board member, to help preserve and maintain this exceptional vacation resort.




Frank DiRocco

Hi my name is Frank DiRocco. My wife Barbara and I have been owners at Emerald Seas since 1994, we currently own 4 weeks and love spending time here. We live in Toms River, New Jersey and have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren.

My background is in construction. I owned and operated my business from 1977 to 2017. As the owner I oversaw the day to day operations, and acquired many skills in business management, and construction techniques, which I believe will help guide Emerald Seas into the future. In 1999, I joined the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (North Jersey Chapter). A few years later I was elected to the Board of Directors of the chapter and eventually served three consecutive one year terms as President of the North Jersey Chapter.

As a member of the Board I will strive to bring a common sense approach to future improvements with an eye toward fiscal restraint.