Humanities council announces three new board members

Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2009

JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is pleased to announce three new board members now serving as Trustees on the Council.

• Debbi Lehner, chief operating officer for Bartlett Regional Hospital, was previously involved in drama and music as a parent and advisory board member in Florida, spent countless hours in museums, shows, exhibits and concerts. She hopes that though connections with the JAHC diverse artistic activities will be added for Bartlett patients and staff alike.

• Andy Kline is program director of KXLL, Excellent Radio, which focuses on music and events that appeal to a younger audience. KXLL has had a great partnership with the JAHC, frequently using the facility and Andy hopes to emphasize events and arts that will continue to make Juneau a great, creative place for young people to live.

• Jess Parks moved to Juneau after graduating from Columbia University's Barnard College in 2000, and was surprised by the quality and variety of arts and music offerings. Jess has a strong background and interest in music. Juneau's strong community commitment to the arts factored heavily in her decision to stay in Juneau (the original plan had been to stay just for the summer). She looks forward to serving with the talented members of the JAHC Board, and hopes to help create opportunities for increased participation in the Arts from Juneau's young professional community.

Officers serving this year are as follows:

• President: Paul Voelckers, MRV Architects.

• Vice president: Annie Calkins, education consultant.

• Treasurer: John McConnochie, Cycle Alaska.

• Secretary: Andy Hemenway, lawyer with the state of Alaska.

The JAHC 15-person board meets monthly and in committees to activate its mission "To be a leader in cultivating and supporting rich cultural experiences and opportunities for Juneau and the surrounding Southeast Alaska communities." Members and officers are elected at the annual membership meeting in the fall.

For more information about the JAHC, visit or contact Executive Director Nancy DeCherney at 586-2787.

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