KAAHC is seeking applications for an
Arts Education and Program Coordinator

We invite you to become part of our team!


Kathleen Light, Executive Director (Full-time since August 20, 2007)  BM University of New Mexico, MM University of Southern California, Doctoral Work at the University of Maryland, all in Oboe Performance. I packed what would fit in a U-Haul and drove from Michigan through Canada to Ketchikan in August of 2007. To describe myself… I love playing the oboe, the love of the oboe has shaped most of life, such as playing in small ensembles (wind quintets, reed trios, chamber orchestras), until I got to Ketchikan. In addition to the oboe, I love dogs. My current four legged friend is a somewhat psycho, highly energetic (and bossy) border collie mix named Calamity. She is currently employed at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council as Greeter (and art critic) – see bio below. I have been employed by non-profits most of my career, but this is my first position as the Director of an Arts Council. It has been my honor to become part of the Ketchikan community and to help facilitate the direction of this extraordinary organization. I believe the arts of Ketchikan are an integral part of who we are and how we see the world as a community.


Marni Rickelmann, Program Director, (Full-time since July 2, 2012)  Marni immersed herself in art when she was given an old picnic basket full of crayons, coloring books and paper as a kid, and she has worked and volunteered with multiple arts organizations ever since, coordinating and marketing events in both performance and fine art. She attended Northern Michigan University for a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, worked in marketing, events and student services at the University of Michigan, learned a lot about the world of touring musicians while working at a booking agency, and spent many, many weekends working as a House Manager for a non-profit music venue. Marni is a lover of sculpture and community art, a wannabe musician (her dog howls when she tunes her banjo), an animal rescuer extraordinaire, and strongly believes in cultivating meaningful relationships with colleagues and the community while inspiring creativity.


Arts Education and Program Coordinator

Please check out the new Arts Education and Program Coordinator job description and give Kathleen a call if you have questions! We are fun to work with and it is an awesome organization which does great things for Ketchikan!!!




11109449_876647212394912_4649113988585484645_nJeff Fitzwater,
 Administrative and Marketing Coordinator, (Full-time since July 30, 2015) A long-time resident of Ketchikan, Jeff has been involved in art via song, puppetry, theater, and photography for most of his life. He has a Double Master of Arts in Education and Communications. Married to Bonnie Paddock for over 15 years (they met on stage, cast together in First City Players’ The Sound of Music) and a co-concierge for four cats who currently allow Bonnie and Jeff to live with them and attend to all their needs. Although usually able to assimilate himself into the general community, watch out if he has a puppet on his arm…he’ll get away with saying (and doing) almost anything.


Calamity Jane, Art Dog and Greeter (Full-time since May 2010).  Since being adopted by Kathleen, Calamity spends her time greeting her adoring fans, training humans to bring her treats, and howling at the fire trucks.

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