Seldovia Arts Council's
Board Of Directors
Laurel Hilts grew up in Seldovia and returned in 2005 to raise her three
children here. She has been involved in the Seldovia Arts Council
throughout the years, and enjoys supporting the arts in the community.
has a degree in Communication and a Master’s in Teaching Elementary
Education. She has taught music, drama and language arts in Seldovia,
has been the Boys & Girls Club Director and the Prevention Program
Coordinator for the Seldovia Village Tribe. She is currently SVT’s
Marketing and Public Relations Director.
is a summer resident of Seldovia from March to October. She
her husband, Jerry, first came to Seldovia in 1976, establishing a
Suzie has a background in cooking and ran a catering company, Gourmet
Fleurs, for 7 years in Anchorage.
is a mother of three children, operated a B & B for
in Anchorage, and worked with the 1% for Art program for 20
before retiring to Seldovia in 2007. She opened a
nursery and gift shop, Thyme on the Boardwalk, May 2011.
is an active member of the chamber of commerce and wants to see a
thriving art community in Seldovia while promoting it’s community
with 40 years of Alaskan experience.
Full time resident of Seldovia where fishing and gardening occupy his
Has played a
since 1953 and is beginning to get the hang of it. Favorite
artist: Ella Fitzgerald.
Favorite music: Big Band Jazz.
Tania was lucky to grow up on the hillside of Homer on a homestead
where her family raised French Alpine dairy goats. She and husband,
Tobben, have always loved Kachemak Bay and have been “part-timers” in
Seldovia since 2000. This year they will finally aspire to becoming
“full-timers” and are looking forward to being involved in the
Tania was a science teacher with the Anchorage School District for
three decades, and her passion is marine biology education and ocean
stewardship. She recently completed UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean
Sciences graduate program with a specialty in intertidal ecology and
marine algae. She has published her work in the Journal of Coastal
Research, Botanica Marina and Phycological Research. She currently
works for the Seldovia Village Tribe in their environmental department
and conducts intertidal biodiversity monitoring with KPBS school
As secretary, Tania has been on the board of the Seldovia Arts Council
the past three years. She wishes to help bring a diversity of arts and
science activities to Seldovia.
"I was born in Hackensack, NJ; came of age in Santa Barbara California;
and escaped to Alaska via stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I
quess I have always been in the arts; both my parents were commercial
and fine artists. I liked to make up skits and dance for my reflection
in the old box TV when it was off.
I have a BFA in theater from UC Santa Cruz and a BS in nursing from
I got practical late in life.
I spent time in LA trying to "make it". I only lasted three years. I
did not want to grow old there trying. Moved to SF, where I worked at
the Eureka Theatre and the Magic Theatre. I did two shows in one year
and was nominated for both by the Bay Area Critics Circle. I won the
supporting role. I have never been so nervous. I had to walk up on
stage and accept the bloody thing.
I have had the honor of being the first company to present at Cyrano's
Off Center Playhouse as Pacific Rim Theater. I acted with the Alaska
Rep; was Lizzie in their Rainmaker. Was Artistic Director of the Valley
Performing Arts in Palmer, before they moved to Wasilla, and of Pacific
Rim Theatre. I have directed, acted, taught, produced.
Had a blast directing childrens shows at VPA and taught/directed the
Pacific Rim Summer Arts Camp for children. We did Midsummer's Night
Dream and Artistophanes The Birds with all girls age 7-16. What a blast!
I also had the great opportunity to teach in the bush with the Alaska
Arts Council Education program.
Now, I love to sing and tell stories. It is so portable! Honored to be
able to help out, as I can, here in Seldovia."
her husband Byron , and grandson Ashton have spent their summers in
Seldovia since 2007 escaping the frenzy of the big city in Soldotna. “I
work part-time as an RN in Cardiac Rehab where we try to change
peoples’ lifestyles over 3 months after having lived a lifetime of
unhealthy habits; not often easy. I think it’s the best job in the
hospital because I get paid to exercise with the patients!”
“We loved Seldovia at
first visit and decided to immerse ourselves in the community by
volunteering in any way to support the school, church,
and the arts council. I am more of a “worker bee” and have been amazed
how just a handful of dedicated community members can attract artists
from all over the world to come to this little out of the way village
to perform and leave with the fondest of memories. There is an amazing
amount of work that goes into each concert and an exhaustive amount for
the summer solstice festival; I feel honored to be part of the team. I
tell people that all the concerts I attend are in Seldovia! If you
don’t see me around town walking my dog or pulling weeds from one of
our beautiful town gardens, I might just be rowing in the harbor!"
|Charles F Nagel
Chuck Nagel recently
retired from his retirement job of nine years at Providence Hospital
after medically retiring from the Anchorage School District as an
instrumental music teacher at Mears Middle School and Dimond High
School for over 29 years. Previously he taught in Nogales High School
and East Phoenix High School in Arizona. He has been part of the
music scene in Anchorage performing in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
and The Anchorage Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Nagel is graduate of Arizona State
a whim 42 years ago I traveled to Seldovia with three girlfriends
and never looked back. Seldovia became home base for me as I traveled
and worked around Alaska, but I knew Seldovia was the place to make my
Seldovia has been a perfect place to live, recreate, work, raise three children and now retire from the local school district.
my new retirement I can embrace new adventures, one of which is joining
the Seldovia Arts Council. I am a believer of giving back to your
community therefore, I am on the Seldovia City Council and a volunteer
on the local EMS department.
This beautiful place allows me to
enjoy my passions of hiking, biking, fishing, gardening, picking
berries, skiing, and watching the tide change. Seldovia is a treasure
to be enjoyed by all.
Rebecca is currently a summer resident of Seldovia with her husband,
Stanley Coleman, who spent his young childhood living along the slough
on the boardwalk. They currently spend
winters in Kenai while Rebecca teaches anthropology classes part-time
at Kenai Peninsula College at either the Homer or Soldotna campuses.
Rebecca’s education includes Masters degrees in both
Anthropology and Chemical Engineering and she spent many years living
and working in Norway, Scotland and England. She
has a particular interest in the interaction between symbolic arts,
technology, and culture change with her travels and research taking her
to Papua New Guinea.
Sticking closer to home now, a current project
includes a historical and cultural walking tour including Kenaitze
archaeological sites. She has also
operated a coffee house venue for promoting local musicians in Old Town
Kenai. Lately, writing has become a
passion along with long walks (usually with dogs).
Numerous Technical Operations
Noah Custer is a young musician who recently moved to Seldovia from
Colorado and was recently elected as the Arts Council's Youth Advisory
Member. He's currently a senior in high school and is looking forward to
being done with schooling so that he can focus more on music.
plays six instruments with reasonable proficiency and has experimented
with many more. Among the better ones are piano, guitar, drums, and
ukulele. He has a passion for learning about, playing, and composing
music in various genres and for various instruments as well as arranging
songs into totally different formats. Seriously, don't get him started
talking about music. He won't stop.