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.
Anita Maxwell, Education Director (Full-time 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, and her daughter Hannah. Anita’s passion is education and she is an advocate for the importance of lifelong learning. Knowledge is power, people—World domination via the arts can’t happen without it! In her spare time Anita stunt doubles for the Encyclopedia Britannica (seriously, ask her anything) and enjoys the eternal search for snacks and/or the perfect font.
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 degree in Fine Art, 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. After moving to Ketchikan from Michigan in July 2012, Marni is now the proud owner of three pairs of rainboots and is still really, really happy to be living in Ketchikan, Alaska!
Shelley Baumeister, Administrative Assistant, (Full-time since October 1, 2013) Shelley has been involved in the arts since grade-school. She attended Lecanto School of Art, an art academy high school, in Lecanto, Florida. Her studies allowed her to learn many mediums including photography, drawing/painting, ceramics, and sculpture. For her 3D A-P portfolio, Shelley’s concentration was wearable art. Her portfolio included a full-sized ball gown made of visqueen plastic and staples. Currently Shelley is a painter, but dreams about the day she can ship her pottery wheel and kiln to Alaska! She moved to Ketchikan in April 2013 and worked for Allen Marine Tours during that summer. Shelley fell in love with Alaska and decided to stay. She looks forward to surviving her first Alaskan winter and getting to know the fantastic artists’ community of the First City.
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.