We welcome the newest member of the Arts Council Staff – Marni Rickelmann, our NEW Program Director. Marni will arrive in Ketchikan at the end of June and her first day at KAAHC will be July 2nd. Please see her bio below – and come introduce yourself in July to Marni!
Kathleen Light, Executive Director (Fulltime 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. Kathleen packed what would fit in a U-Haul and drove through Canada to Ketchikan in August of 2007. She spends her time keeping Calamity on task, and is a pretty great person to work with – when not hyped up on gummy bears!!
Anita Maxwell, Operations Manager (Fulltime since January 5, 2009) BA Anthropology, Environmental Studies University of Montana. Anita has served in every capacity imaginable in a variety of non-profits in Montana and Alaska. Anita moved to Ketchikan in July 2008 with her husband Cole, a math teacher at Kayhi, daughter Hannah, a 6th grader at Point Higgins and Addie, an old lab. She spends her time hunting for a clean spoon with which to eat her daily morning Pina Colada yogurt.
Marni Rickelmann, NEW Program Director, (Fulltime beginning July 2, 2012) Marni Rickelmann is a lover of sculpture and community art, a wannabe musician (her dog howls when she tunes her banjo), and animal rescuer extraordinaire. Attending Northern Michigan University for a degree in Fine Art has prepared her (she thinks) for extreme weather, and she takes solace in knowing she at least won’t have to shovel the 150+ inches of rain that she has been warned about. Repeatedly. Marni immersed herself in art as soon as her parents gave her an old picnic basket full of crayons, coloring books and paper, and she has worked and volunteered with multiple arts organizations ever since, coordinating and marketing events in both performance and fine art.
She strives to someday make a really good curry and to kick her addiction to Diet Pepsi, and was very excited when she found a store in northern Michigan that sold Xtratufs under a large sign that said “We Love Alaska!” in a bold red font.
Marni will be loading up a trailer with a few prized possessions she can’t leave behind and driving the 2,800 miles with a dog, two cats, and a recovering rescued guinea pig with a pin in its leg (long story)–and her brave, very tolerant, newly-retired mother. Marni is the proud owner of the Northern Exposure series box set, strongly believes in cultivating meaningful relationships with colleagues and the community while inspiring creativity, and is really, really excited to move to Ketchikan, Alaska!
Calamity Jane, Art Dog and Greeter (Fulltime 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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