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.
Carolyn Osorio – Marketing & Sales Manager
Carolyn joined the Marine Gift Shop team in February 2021. She earned a BFA in Theory, Criticism, and History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has worked in communications and community building for a variety of arts and culture organizations in both New York and San Diego, CA. Before moving to Okinawa, she worked as a digital engagement and marketing consultant for numerous San Diego arts nonprofits and as a staff writer for The Coronado Times. When not at the shop she can be found working on her MBA program, fostering dogs, or sewing new projects in her She Shed.
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