Kathleen Light, Executive Director
Marni Rickelmann, Program Director
Cameo McRoberts, Arts Education and Program Coordinator (Cameo’s first day of work is June 1, 2016. You must wait to email her until then!!)
Jeff Fitzwater, Administrative and Marketing Coordinator
Kathleen Light, Executive Director (Full-time since August 20, 2007!) BM from the University of New Mexico, MM from the University of Southern California, Doctoral Work at the University of Maryland, all in Oboe Performance. After playing professionally in orchestras for many years I took up managing them. Evenutally I decided it was time for a grand adventure and I packed what would fit in a U-Haul and drove from Michigan through Canada directly to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. 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. I also believe Marni and I need to hangout with Jeff, Cameo and Mason so we can be covered in COLORS too!!!! (See below…)
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.
Cameo McRoberts, Art Education and Program Coordinator (Full-time beginning in June of 2016!!! Yippee!!!!) Cameo is a loud and proud product of her hometown, Ketchikan. Raised on KRBD, went on the Kanayama exchange, stuffed black bean burritos at the 5 Star Cafe, guided tours through Dolly’s House and played Little Nell in Fish Pirates Daughter. She moved away for college, lived in Mexico, worked as a chef on cruise ships and spent five years in Chicago as sous chef to celebrated chef Rick Bayless. Her time at Topolobampo was the highlight of her culinary career, but she missed the west coast and after a five year stint in Seattle moved home in 2014. She’s been an active volunteer in the community and happy to be raising her son in such a beautiful place. She’s excited to join the Arts Council and continue to promote art and creative ideas throughout the community.
Jeff 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. She likes art too.