Sherry Robinson, Vice President

Sherry recently relocated to Homer after visiting for several years. She has done drawing and painting and fiber arts for many years. She has volunteered extensively in promoting the arts and fundraising for her (now grown) children’s schools in Dallas, Texas. She is excited to continue volunteering in these areas through HCOA. Sherry particularly likes being involved in an organization that promotes accessibility and inclusivity in the arts!

Kiki Abrahamson, Secretary

After retiring from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Kiki is crazy busy traveling, working with her horses, and still finding time to work with kids in the schools. Art has always been a wonderful avenue to reach children and teach them self reliance, creativity, and collaboration. A forty year resident of the peninsula, she is committed to nurturing a creative, compassionate community.

Mannfried Funk, Treasurer

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Funk began musical studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music when he was five. Beyond earning his BA, BAed and MA, he pursued studies in Israel. He entered the professional world as the Co-Principal cellist of the Sinfonica National de Colombia in Bogota. In Bogota he also played for commercial recordings and toured europe with the Orquesta Pro Musica de Bogota. Returning to the US, he was hired by the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He also was a fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute playing under conductors Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Lewis, Eiji Oue and others. Later Mr. Funk built a 35 student cello studio, was an adjunct teacher at North Seattle Community College, performed chamber music and recorded for the movie industry. His piano trio was engaged by the state department to play for Boris Yeltsin’s visit to Seattle and eventually toured Japan. Later, he was engaged to be on the US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Music of the Night. After the tour ended, he was recruited as principal cello and personnel manager for The Federal Way Symphony and later also the Bellevue Symphony. In 2014 he and his wife took a vacation to Homer, Alaska. The B&B where they were staying, now called Juneberry Lodge, was for sale and within two days they decided to buy it and move to Homer. Their B&B is operating successfully since 2015. Meanwhile he maintains his Personnel Manager position and flies to Seattle for performances. In Homer he has worked collaboratively with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Homer Council on the Arts, the Homer Youth Orchestra and Opus program, and the Pratt Museum. He also performed in a collaborative project with composer Larry Moss, poet Wendy Erd, dancer Mariah Maloney, and violinist Daniel Perry at the Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Melanie Dufour

Melanie has lived in Homer since 1993 and has experienced first-hand and so appreciates what the Homer Council on the Arts can do for each of us and our community at large. She sees opportunities for increased partnerships with Homer’s small businesses and non-profit organizations: promoting the value of the arts and membership to both current and potential members and working to increase participation in HCOA activities and support of programs.

Michael Rosel

Micheal Rosel is an outdoor enthusiast, burgeoning vinyl collector, video gamer, avid coffee drinker, and dreams of riding motorcycles on cold, snowy days. He assists people in our community overcome barriers to self-sufficiency through his employment with the State of Alaska.  His life experience has helped him develop strong problem-solving and time management skills. He served his country in the US Army earning the prestigious expert sapper award and went on to be an instructor and grader for the event, as well as taking on the responsibility of being his companies Armorer.  Growing up with a mother who is an artist, Michael gained a deep appreciation for the arts and an understanding of the importance creative process, which he applies to his daily life.

Emily Sloth

Emily was born and raised in Alaska, having lived in Homer for 28 years. She has a strong passion for the arts and outdoors. A mother of 3 she keeps busy adventuring all seasons. Emily  and family have benefited from HCOA’s art programs, and community concerts/events over the years. Emily loves raising a family in a town with so many art opportunities for all ages. Her art interests can be found in photography, painting, and writing. She received a BA in communications and mass media as well as her 200 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) training. Emily joined the board because she believes art unites people, can bring healing, creativity and hope.

Jim Anderson

Jim was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Homer Alaska, and has lived in Hawaii, California, Japan, Utah, Arizona, New York City, South Carolina and Texas. He has a unique and diverse background in both Business and the Arts. He has been involved in the arts his entire life. An accomplished musician, Actor, Vocal Coach, Director, Producer and Choreographer, he is a 1987 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and has a Business Management Degree from Alaska Pacific University. He has performed in Alaska, Los Angeles, Arizona, South Carolina and NYC. Jim has directed Youth Theater Arts programs for years and has recently introduced a Theater Arts-based Leadership Intensive for High School students that is part of his Launchpad Initiative that promotes the need for greater child advocacy throughout the nation. In 1991, Jim entered the corporate world and worked in the International Transportation and Logistics industry, and then in the Nuclear Cyber Security environment for over 26 years. Jim is also a Corporate Consultant, Executive Coach, Motivational Public Speaker and is currently working on a Business Venture for an International Arts and Leadership Alliance Project that he plans to launch in 2024.