Scott Bartlett joined the Pratt as Curator of Exhibits in September, 2012. Scott’s community-based exhibition work draws from his experiences with various immigrant communities in the Seattle area, and with Tahitian musicians and craftspeople in Hawai`i. After studying anthropology and music at Washington State University, including stints at the University of Edinburgh and the Smithsonian Institution, he worked as an audio engineer, producer, and educator with Jack Straw Productions in Seattle. That work included a variety of oral history, heritage, and community arts projects. Scott went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, where his graduate work combined those two fields. From 2010 to 2012 he served as curator of exhibits and collections with the Kitsap County Historical Society in Bremerton, Washington, garnering awards from the Washington Museum Association. He joined the Museums Alaska Board of Directors in 2016. Scott and his family love the sea and the mountains, and are thrilled to make their home in Fritz Creek above Kachemak Bay.
Jennifer Bartolowits was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. She attended Ninilchik School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since graduation, Jennifer’s work has focused on the audit of design contractors through the lens of regulations compliance with State and Federal government. She loves the fiber arts and maintains quite the stash of yarn she acquired herself, old sewing machines gifted from family members, and bias bindings inherited from her grandparents. Her excel spreadsheet recording yarn yardage is deliciously accurate. Jennifer looks forward to bringing her experience and enthusiasm to the Pratt and to the greater Homer community.
Savanna Bradley was born and raised in Homer, Alaska. After an exciting summer internship at the Pratt during high school, Savanna was inspired to pursue a museum-related career, which led to her current position as the Pratt’s Collections Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010, after which she interned in collections for several seasons at the Pratt. Savanna received a Master of Science degree in Arts Management Museum Studies from the University of Oregon in fall of 2013. Her graduate research focused on collaborative care and the use of museum cultural collections in small communities. Savanna is excited to apply what she has learned to her work with the Pratt’s collections and our community. Outside of the Museum, Savanna enjoys creating art, beach walks with her dog, and spending time at coffee shops.
Art Koeninger enjoys a wide variety of tasks as Building Manager. Besides regular maintenance and repair of the four museum buildings, his responsibilities include monitoring the climate control, fire and security alarm systems; supervising and assisting garden, grounds, forest and trails staff and volunteers; maintaining the aquaria; and providing support for exhibit installations and gift shop displays. As a local metalsmith and jeweler, with decades of experience, Art has created many of the mounts for the artifacts and other objects in the Museum’s permanent exhibit. He also created the mounts and installed the exhibits at the Seldovia Village Tribe Museum, and has led a mount making workshop with Museums Alaska.
Raised on the Kenai Peninsula, Laurie started her career tagging king salmon on the Kenai River for ADF&G. After receiving a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in English from the University of Alaska, Laurie spent seven years abroad teaching and developing communication curriculums in Latvia, Japan, and Korea. Laurie has also formally studied East Asian Religion and Philosophy, as well as Interactive Design. Currently, Laurie is part of an Educational Doctorate cohort with the University of Missouri St. Louis, building a theory of change model that inspires social justice, sustainability, and a participatory culture in a world experiencing significant shifts in our human and natural ecologies.
Laurie comes to the Pratt Museum after nine years at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, where she led the Education, Interpretation, and Exhibit teams. In this role, she focused on methods for integrating marine science understanding in schools and public programs, with the goal of increasing civic engagement around issues affecting our shared ocean resources.
Outside of the office, Laurie and her husband Tim can be found on the trails or at the beach with their dogs.
Chessie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, but always enjoyed spending childhood winters and summers in the mountains of North Carolina. After graduating with a B.A. in Music from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, Chessie moved to Jackson, WY to work as a teaching intern at a small independent school with a focus on place-based education. She decided to stay in the area to complete a one year graduate program with Teton Science Schools. Chessie enjoyed learning teaching strategies while using nature as a classroom. She completed her degree at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and chose to complete a collaborative Master’s project with three peers. The group worked with a non-profit in Boston, helping reorganize and launch their new website. After spending another year in Jackson teaching field education programs with Teton Science Schools, Chessie followed her heart to Homer. Since then she has worked for Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, leading spit kids programs and dock tours, and the School District as a substitute teacher. Chessie is thrilled to now work at the Pratt Museum as the Education Director. When not working, she enjoys volunteering as an EMT and Firefighter with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, visiting with friends, and running/walking/skiing on the hills and beaches of Kachemak Bay.
Originating from northern Illinois, Colleen is a daughter of an artist/bookkeeper and a jazz musician/salesman with immigrant grandparents. Annual family vacations to different states each year consisted of stopping at every historical marker, national/state park, museum, and art gallery. That curiosity and love of cultures has endured.
Colleen has a teaching degree and a masters in Behavioral disabilities and taught in public and private schools before arriving in Alaska in the early 80’s. She has coached families of young children in ways to support their children’s development through Infant Learning Programs around the state including Anchorage, Homer, Mat-Su, McGrath, and the North Slope. Homer has been home since 1987 when she began her love of the Pratt by becoming a Docent. She has also been the Executive Director of Homer Children’s Services and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer Club.
She has started three businesses including an education/child development consulting service, Arctic Rose Herbs, and Doors to Learning, which funds girls in school in Kenya by selling African arts and crafts.
Passions include world travel, gardening, swimming, sailing, kayaking, and hiking.
Kim Wylde has worked at the Pratt Museum since February, 2007 as Visitor Services Manager, Office Manager and assisting in all other departments as well. After graduating from University of Delaware with a BA in Communications with an English Minor and an emphasis in Biology, Kim left the east to explore the beautiful forests of the west. She has taught preschool, downhill skiing and ballet. Kim loves to share her knowledge of the culture, art and science of this region with everyone from local schoolchildren to visitors from around the world. She and her husband are raising 4 children, sometimes officially homeschooling but always teaching them to live and learn from the earth and nature. Kim and her family are all lifelong learners and depending on the season, they enjoy spending time out on the water, with their hands in the soil growing food, skiing or playing music in their studio and around town.
Sara is Alaska Native and a native Alaskan with Alutiiq/Slavic heritage. She was raised in Ninilchik, has spent most of her life on the Kenai Peninsula, and has roots in commercial fishing, homesteading, Native issues and Alaska history and culture. She and her family have been members of the Pratt Museum for many years. She has a continuing interest in studying and preserving the culture and history of Kachemak Bay and the surrounding areas. Jackinsky has served on several boards, including the Ninilchik Traditional Council. Jackinsky joined the Board in 2010 and is serving a three-year term.
Linda Rowell is a retired educator who has taught in Maryland, Illinois and Alaska and has worked with students from preschool through college. She has been an active volunteer at the Pratt since moving to Anchor Point over 15 years ago. During this time she worked as a docent with school groups, developed educational materials, served as a National Park Service Laureate interpreting the bear camera, led the Harbor Walking Tours for summer tourists, and helped make countless gingerbread houses at the annual Stocking Stuffer Party. Active with the Patrons of the Pratt Society, most recently Linda completed two terms as president. Prior to that she was the president of the Anchor Point Public Library Board for five years, where she wrote their newsletter and ran their summer reading program. Rowell was elected to serve on the Board in 2012 and is serving a three-year term.
John Fenske first visited Homer and met Sam Pratt in 1970, and moved from Anchorage in 1978. His diverse background includes work from mining to aerospace and fine art, as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, on Cook Inlet oil platforms, and in Seldovia as owner/operator of a commercial charter fishing business, bed & breakfast, and “Warehouse Books and Coffee.” He has served on the Homer City Council and on the Boards of the Kachemak Bay Visitors and Convention Association; Homer Chamber of Commerce; the Economic Development Commission, Homer; local Church Board; and the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board. He was a Charter Member and Board member of the first Homer Rotary. John currently serves on the UAA, Kachemak Bay Campus College Council.
Charlie received a Master of Social Work degree, specializing in program administration from the University of Arkansas in 1972. He is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served 25 years in the Army in a variety of healthcare administration positions, coming to Alaska in 1993 as the CEO of Bassett Army Hospital in Fairbanks. He retired from the Army in 1995 at the rank of Colonel and served as the CEO of South Peninsula Hospital for 12 years, retiring again but then serving as the Administrator of Heritage Place nursing home in Soldotna from February 2009 to March 2015, retiring once more. Charlie actively held many officer positions on the Board of Directors of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. He was the Alaska delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Council 2004 – 2007. He has been active in local community organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce for six years, including terms as Vice President and President. Charlie was a member of the Vocational Education Advisory Committee of the Homer High School; served on the Board of Directors of the Homer Infant Learning Center, and the Kenai Peninsula College Council. His retirement activities include kayaking, gardening, beekeeping, woodworking, skiing and fishing.
Sue Fallon first moved to Homer in 1994 to work at the Kachemak Bay Campus as a Professor of Psychology. At the same time, she began volunteering with the Pratt Museum, both in the Marine Gallery and as a docent for school groups. Sue also volunteered as a naturalist with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, leading day tours at the Peterson Bay Field Station, and later served on the Board for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, receiving an award for distinguished Board service. Subsequent service roles include the City of Homer Library Advisory Board, the Friends of the Library, supporting classroom activities at Homer schools, and serving as a troop leader for the Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts.
Susan Mumma is keenly interested in creating quality in our communities including excellence in educational experiences, community planning, environmental practices, and communications between peoples regarding human traditions and the arts. Susan says she believes that human beings must learn from their past, celebrate their differences, and work together as a species to create a better future for all species. She feels the Pratt Museum is a good example of this effort toward quality of life and she would be proud to serve as a board member. Susan moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1972 and has lived in the communities of Kenai, Cooper Landing, Seldovia and Homer. She is a retired teacher, an arts advocate, an environmental advocate and a lover of the State of Alaska’s rich history. She says she loves the arts and their processes and is intrigued by the scientific processes that help us preserve our world toward its continuance. Susan graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master‘s Degree in Education with emphasis on Art, Language Arts and the Gifted and Talented. She was a multi-grade, multi-subject teacher for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from 1972 to1996.She retired from being a Director and Board member of the Seldovia Arts Council from 1999 to 2012 and is the founder and creator of the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival as well as its Director for 12 years. Since 1982, Susan has been the owner and operator of the Seldovia Rowing Club Bed and Breakfast. She is a founding Board member, former Treasurer and archivist of FAR-West Folk Alliance supporting traditional music and musicians in the Western States and is the owner/operator of Crazy Crow Productions House Concerts in Seldovia. She represented the City of Seldovia as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission for 15 years. She is the retired President and Member of the Alaska Arts in Education Association and has served on the Boards for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Cook Inlet Keeper.
Bill has long been involved in helping to build and maintain the physical plant of the Pratt Museum because of his appreciation of the contributions made by the Pratt. He says that by weaving together our art, our history and the natural environment, the Pratt itself has become a local cultural icon. Bill’s first work for the Pratt was helping his father work on the old oil furnace before the Marine Gallery addition occurred. He worked on the Building Committee for the final addition to the current building and also worked on the main building and the shop for that addition. Bill has been a member of the Pratt’s Building Committee for the new project since 2009 and has an intimate knowledge of the Museum’s current mechanical systems. He has spent the last seven years on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly where he was chair of the Finance Committee for 3 years. He has a lot of budgetary experience and has also been Board service trained by the Foraker Group. A pre-statehood Alaska resident, Bill moved to Homer in the mid 70’s. After retiring from a 29-year stint as a mechanical contractor, he has spent the last 7 years doing project management for an electrical contractor. Bill currently serves on the UAA KPC Kachemak Bay Campus Citizen Advisory Board and the Borough Mayor’s Health Care Task Force. Previously, he spent 7 years on the City of Homer Planning Commission, with additional service on the Borough Planning Commission, the Kachemak Bay Advisory Commission, the Board of the Alaska Municipal League, the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board and numerous City of Homer committees. Bill says that he is pleased with the progress toward the new Museum building and hopes to work for the fruition of this critical project. Given his blend of work experience and political experience, he believes he can make a positive contribution to the Board of the Homer Society of Natural History.