Board of Directors
Peggy Paver, Executive Director
HCOA’s Executive Director, comes to Homer from Ashland, OR. For two and a half decades she has worked as a dance educator, director, and choreographer in both public education and the non-profit sector. As Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Dancing People Company in Ashland, OR, she developed community and school residency programs that to sustain the company. Her choreography has been descried as “movement full of strength and grace…(with) an openness of spirit and sincerity of purpose that connects the audience to the performers, and to each other.” As Adjunct Professor and Master teacher, Peggy’s work has touched dancers throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Central Australia.
Peggy has dedicated her life to supporting the arts rooted in the belief that the arts are how we communicate our shared human experience, and an integral part of how we build community. She is grateful for the circumstances that have brought her to HCOA, and looks forward to expanding the possibilities for Homer’s vibrant art community!
Chloe Pleznac, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Chloë was born and raised in Homer on a small organic farm. From an early age she showed a passion for music and writing, and continued to pursue those interests throughout her first 18 years of life. In 2017 Chloë was named Homer Council on the Arts “Youth Artist of the Year” for her creative endeavors, and in 2018 she was honored as “Young Woman of Distinction” for her work through Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. A recent high school graduate, Chloë looks forward to pursuing a BFA in film, and is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her love for art and the community of Homer here at HCOA.
* If you live on the Kenai Peninsula and have a bellybutton, there's no reason not to become a member of HCOA!
* Business members get shoutouts on Facebook.
* Members who purchase at least two member-price tickets in a year pay for their membership with savings.
* Membership doesn't expire in December; it runs one year from the date you sign up!
* New members receive super-cool stickers.
* If you lose your membership card, don't worry-we will remind you when it's time to renew.
* Renting the gallery space? Members get special treatment.
* Nutcracker Faire vendors who purchase a membership with a booth still pay less than non-members.
* Members happen to be our favorite people!
* Members with benefits! No-strings-attached.
Community Financial Contributions
Cindy was born and raised in Bellevue Washington, went to college at Pacific Lutheran University and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington. She had a college mate who lives in Alaska, and came up visiting many times since graduation. In 2002, she and her friend visited Homer, and that’s when Cindy fell in love. Her dream of driving the Alcan Highway was achieved the summer of 2004. For 13 days, she and her black lab made the trek up this historic highway. She lived in Anchorage for that summer and winter, frequently driving to Homer to look at homes. In May 2005 she made the move. As an accomplished visual artist, she works with glass fusing and mosaics as well as beaded jewelry. Her latest endeavor has been learning painting with oils. She co-owns Homer’s local Coop, Ptarmigan Arts on Pioneer Ave.
Cindy has been a board member at HCOA for the last 10 years she has seen a lot of accomplishments within this organization. Cindy’s biggest accomplishments at HCOA have been reinstating and developing the Homer Street Faire, and organizing and coordinating the annual Nutcracker Faire. Her passion in the vision of HCOA has kept her on the board for a decade. This is her last year as a director, but she will maintain a presence within the organization as a volunteer as well as being on the Advisory Council, making available a wealth of historic knowledge of HCOA.
Susan Johnson, Treasurer
After many yearly visits, Susan finally moved to Alaska in 2014. As trong desire to remain involved in the creative world brought her here to Homer. Originally from the East Coast, Susan attended the Art Institute of Boston, then spent the next 25 years doing traditional photographic printing for professional photographers. After a career change to become an X-ray technician, and with photos changing over to digital, Susan learned how to print for herself, and continues to create. She has had 2 shows at the Homer Library and 2 shows at HCOA as well as participating in the Nutcracker Fair as an artist.
Susan was an officer on the Board of Directors of a Non Profit in
Cambridge, MA for 10 years that went on to build The Maud Morgan Art Center.This inspired her to keep being involved. She is currently the Treasurer at HCOA and is very excited and encouraged by the possibilities that the Yurt Project will bring to the community. Susan also serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Bunnell Art Center, and was recently elected President. When not volunteering, Susan works in the Imaging Department atSouth Peninsula Hospital.
Gundega Snepste, Secretary
Gundega Šnepste was born and lived most of her life in Latvia. She has a MA in architecture however her professional career has been scattered in between 2 major economical and political crisis of her country.
After 15 years of a mostly long distance relationship with Earl Brock, her husband and father of two youngest children, the family finally united in Homer in 2014. Earl has a boat business, traveling all over the world, and her children Richard and Anna attend Homer High school.
During 1990-ies, Gundega witnessed the non-violent uprising called “the singing revolution” which led to collapse of the Soviet Union and independence of the Baltic states. The power of music, folklore, and art nurtured through centuries of wars, oppression, and violence have preserved the survival of the small Latvian nation and a language spoken by less than 2 million people worldwide.Gundega strongly believes that art and music not only enhances the quality of life, but can be a means of survival for an individual as well as a whole nation, and sometimes it can be a powerful weapon against aggression.
In Homer Gundega is pursuing her artistic side making art quilts and experimenting with mixed media projects. She volunteers at HCOA, HHS and Bunnell. Gundega joined HCOA board January 2016 and is happy to contribute her professional knowledge for upcoming projects of the expansion project and reconstruction of the HCOA building.
Caitlin Walls was born in Texas and grew up in Colorado, west of Denver. She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate studies and then moved to Boston, MA to complete her graduate degree at Emerson College. After living in Boston for four years, she moved to Utqiaġvik, AK to teach English, oral communication, and art history at Iḷisaġvik College. After four years in the arctic, Caitlin and her husband, Austin Parkhill, moved to Homer, AK, where they have resided since July 2015. Caitlin currently works in development and strategic planning, and her husband is an artist (his medium is acrylic paint).