Jennifer Gibbins has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit leadership and management for organizations in Washington, DC and Alaska including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Eyak Preservation Council, Prince William Soundkeeper, Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alaska Forum on the Humanities where she served as Leadership Programs Director. Gibbins joined the Pratt Museum in 2019.
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 2013. Savanna was employed at the Pratt Museum as Collections Manager from 2012-2020 before being promoted to Curator in spring 2020. 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.
Jeff is a professor in the History/Political Science Department of the Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus. For the past five years, he has taught and created curriculum for traditional and online history courses at the University of Idaho, George Fox University, and KBC. Jeff’s book, The Criminal-Terror Nexus in Chechnya, dealing with the connection between crime and terrorism in the twenty-first century in Chechnya and the Russian Federation, is due for publishing in April 2017. Jeff’s interests in the Pratt have come from the good things he has heard from the community, especially his colleagues at the college, and are threefold. Firstly, he and his family love Homer and want to be a part of the community in any way they can, and the Museum is a place where he can use his skills. Secondly, being a newcomer to the area, he is interested in the history of the area’s peoples. And third, Jeff is committed to connecting the Museum with his future history and political science courses, and with the college in general.
Ahnie Litecky is a historian who specializes in Native history. She has worked on research projects in diverse fields such as the oil and gas industry, environmental studies, psychology, and economics. She spent her first five years living in western Alaska where she developed a lifelong interest in Yup’ik culture. After earning an undergraduate degree in journalism, Litecky served as a U.S. Peace Corps education volunteer in rural South Africa for two years. At the University of Montana, Litecky focused her history M.A. research on how the Yup’ik grappled with the introduction of epidemic diseases. While living in Montana she also served for five years on the board of a non-profit dedicated to community-based pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum education. After spending three years in Cairo, Egypt, Litecky and her family moved halfway around the world to Homer in 2017. Litecky is excited to support the Pratt Museum’s mission of exploring and sharing the history of the Kachemak Bay region.
Jason Davis is a retired U.S. diplomat who spent most of the past 25 years overseas, working at embassies and consulates in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Malta and Belgium, with occasional stints at State Department headquarters in Washington DC. His foreign languages are Arabic, Hebrew, French, Italian and Farsi. After taking early retirement from the Foreign Service, Davis relocated with his family to Homer, where his children attend West Homer Elementary and Homer Middle School. Davis grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, attending Tustumena Elementary and graduating from Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. He has an undergraduate degree in biology and maintains an abiding interest in that field, particularly marine biology. He has fond memories of visiting the Pratt as a high school student in the 1970’s and hopes to draw on his years of experience in organizational management to make a meaningful contribution to the Board’s work .
Monica brings 26 years of nonprofit leadership, formal and informal pedagogy, and museum community engagement experience. Her passion is focused on creating authentic community-led and intergenerational experiences based on relevancy, and she thrives in mobilizing teams to be catalysts for collective change. Most recently, Monica served as the Executive Director of the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature. Before that, Monica was Director of Education and Public Engagement at the Anchorage Museum for five years. Previously, she also served in leadership positions at the American Museum of Natural History, The Field Museum, Wonder Works – a Children’s Museum, and the Chicago Center for Music Education. These experiences have provided her with a strong foundation in non-profit fundraising, outreach, and partnership building.
Adele Person has worked at Bunnell Street Arts Center since 2007 and is currently the Managing Director. She is a mother of two school age children and is married to a 3rd generation Alaskan fisherman. Person has participated in many Homer groups and coalitions over the years like Safe Routes to School, the Woodard Creek Coalition, Homer Cycling Club, Peonies on Pioneer, and Pioneer Avenue Revitalization. She cares for several town gardens, including the Post Office, in addition to her own vegetable garden. She has also been part of Homer’s arts scene through the Kenai Peninsula Choir, Pier One Theatre, Wearable Arts and various other art inspirations. Person has a BA in Philosophy from Rice University (’00) and worked with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Menil Collection in Houston when she lived there. Upon moving to Alaska, she was self-employed for many years in Halibut Cove and brings a broad and diverse skill set to living creatively here in Alaska.
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.
Jessica Shepherd has resided in Alaska since 1993. She has lived in Homer since 2009 and is employed at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as the Reserve’s Education Coordinator. She has worked with several non-profits, including serving as the Executive Director for Friends of Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, Education Coordinator for the Alaska SeaLife Center, and board member with the Homer Garden Club. Jessica holds a BS in Environmental Biology with a focus in ornithology from Colorado University, Boulder, and a MA in Northern Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with an emphasis on wilderness values. Her primary interests include advancing knowledge and appreciation for coastal ecosystems, and furthering the dialog on climate change resiliency.