The Marine Gift Shop is run primarily by volunteers, but we do have four paid staff members overseen by our volunteer Board of Supervisors.
Vincent Toth – Director of Operations
Vinny started to volunteer at the Marine Gift Shop in January and shortly after became the Merchandise and Inventory manager. He comes to us as a former Nordstrom manager and has always helped the local communities he has lived in with volunteering for organizations. Since taking on the merchandise and inventory manager role, he has helped spearhead the new point of sales system and integrate the traditions of the Marine Gift Shop with modern technology. One of Vinny’s favorite shipments is Thailand, because he loves all the intricate carvings and wood working. Vinny has been a military spouse for six years and is throughly enjoying Okinawa with all the delicious food it has to offer. Come see him and say hello any time.
Courtney Valora – Assistant Manager
Courtney joined the Marine Gift Shop team in October 2019. Courtney and her family arrived on island in October 2017 and had their first child a couple months later. After her daughter began school, she was excited to join the team as a volunteer when the position came open. Courtney graduated with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management (SCM) from Arizona State University. She has 10 years corporate experience in various facets within the SCM arena. Six of which were in indirect procurement for AMC Theatres out of Kansas City. Courtney always enjoys volunteering with local organizations including, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City. She is excited to bring her background to the Marine Gift Shop as well as continue the great traditions of the shop’s service to Okinawan and American Communities on the island. When it comes to MGS merchandise, Courtney’s favorite shipment is Thailand. She appreciates the craftmanship of the screens, the variety of their pieces and beautiful floral décor. Courtney loves the history, culture and landscape of Okinawa. She is known amongst her friends as the walking google map of the island. But her favorite thing and where she can always be found, is enjoying the most hidden of cafes.
Brandy Sharpe – Marketing Director
Brandy Sharpe has been a part of the Marine Gift Shop family since November of 2018. She began volunteering as a means to meet others here on island, and she’s proud of the amazing relationships forged with so many. Brandy’s dedication to the Marine Gift Shop resulted in accepting the position of Marketing Manager. Brandy received her BA in History with a minor in English from Arizona State University. Prior to arriving on Okinawa, Brandy was the Public Affairs Specialist at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It was in that position that Brandy found her love with public relations, and the importance and value of volunteers in the workplace. When it comes to the MGS merchandise, Brandy has a love affair with all vintage ginger jars from Hong Kong, but secretly adores most everything from Thailand. When you don’t see Brandy in the shop- you might catch her in a number of yoga classes here on island, or laughing as she attempts to master this stand-up paddle board life.
Becky Calderon – Accounting Manager
Becky joined the Marine Gift Shop team in February 2020. Becky and her husband arrived on island in December 2019 and adopted a fluffy fur baby 1 week later. After getting the family situated on island, Becky was thrilled to take on the opening as Accounting Manager. Becky graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from American University and went on to get her M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services from Towson University. She worked at a Big Four accounting firm for two years in Washington, D.C. before moving to Okinawa. She is excited to help volunteer at the Marine Gift Shop as well as buy all the great items the shop has to offer in her spare time. You can catch Becky at the dog park or gym in her off-time, as she is trying to work off all the Oki bubble tea and ramen she consumes