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Seldovia Arts Council
Board Of Directors

photo- Laurel Hilts

Laurel Hilts

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.

Laurel 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.

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Suzie Stranik
Vice Chair

Suzie is a summer resident of Seldovia from March to October.  She and her husband, Jerry, first came to Seldovia in 1976, establishing a dental clinic. 

Suzie has a background in cooking and ran a catering company, Gourmet Fleurs, for 7 years in Anchorage. 

Suzie is a mother of three children,  operated a B & B for 18 years in Anchorage, and worked with the 1% for Art program for 20 years  before retiring to Seldovia in 2007.   She opened a garden nursery and gift shop, Thyme on the Boardwalk, May 2011. 

Suzie is an active member of the chamber of commerce and wants to see a thriving art community in Seldovia while promoting it’s community gardens.
Tobben Spurkland, Seldovia Arts Council

Tobben Spurkland
Co - Treasurer

Retired Civil Engineer with 40 years of Alaskan experience. 

Full time resident of Seldovia where fishing and gardening occupy his time.

Has played a b-flat tuba since 1953 and is beginning to get the hang of it.  Favorite artist: Ella Fitzgerald. 
Favorite music:  Big Band Jazz.
Steve Bainbridge
Co - Treasurer

Tania Spurkland

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 community year-round.

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 groups.

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.
Image, Margie McCord, Seldovia Arts Council Board Of Directors.

Marguerite McCord
Board Member

Margie, 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
Board Member

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 University.

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Vivian Rojas
Board Member

On 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 home.

Seldovia has been a perfect place to live, recreate, work, raise three children and now retire from the local school district.
With 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.
Shelly Forsberg
Board Member

Melissa Peterson
Board Member

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Tech, Sound, Webdev, for S.A.C.

Wildland Firefighter, volunteer.
Retired Street Racer (Drags)

Lurking about the greater Seldovia area since 1964.

Dedicated to making the live performance audio painless for the artists,
and as enjoyable as possible for the audience.

Revised December 4, 2018.