The Kodiak Historical Society, which operates the Baranov Museum, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Meetings of the Board are held on the third Thursdays of each month at 5:30 pm at the Baranov Museum and are open to the public. To contact the Board of Directors, please email board@baranovmuseum.org

 

Meghan Kelly, President

Meghan graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in History and Psychology. She moved to Kodiak in 2008 and presently works as an attorney for the regional ANCSA corporation, Koniag, Inc. Meghan is passionate about history and community and works with several groups within Kodiak: the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center, Kodiak Public Library Association, Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak, and the local visitors’ bureau.

 

M. Alexandra (Alex) Painter, Vice President

Alexandra is the Collections and Exhibits Specialist at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. Having been born and raised in Kodiak, she was introduced to its rich culture and history at a young age, first through elementary school field trips, then through participating in museum programs. She was an intern at the Baranov Museum for six months and created 20 short films as part of the West Side Stories exhibit. It was through these visits and programs that her interest in and enthusiasm for anthropology, history, archaeology, art, and museum studies was propelled. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. She moved back to Kodiak with aspirations of working in her field of interest in the town she knows best. She currently works at the Alutiiq Museum where she assists with partnerships between the two institutions.

Roberta Austring, Secretary

Roberta has lived at Kodiak for 36 years. She is retired from her Federal Government job as an air traffic controller for 28 years. Most of her career was spent in Kodiak. She is active in about a dozen local organizations including at least six non‐profits. She is on three boards and treasurer for a fourth group. Roberta grew up in southeastern Alaska, and one of the highlights of her family’s trips to Seattle was a visit to the Burke Museum. Later, when she was in high school on Oahu, Hawaii, a favorite family outing was to the Bishop Museum. She learned that a community’s museum is a valuable asset as well as a place to return to. Roberta thinks the new practice of museums becoming more like community centers, may be one of the more important activities of a museum these days. It is important for museums to evolve. 

Melissa (Missy) Stark, Treasurer

After graduating from the College of Charleston (SC) with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in English, Missy spent a year as a VISTA volunteer with East Cooper Habitat for Humanity in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and worked for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital Fund. She was employed with Skirt! Magazine before moving to Kodiak in September 2005. She worked for two years for the Kodiak Daily Mirror before moving to work for the Alaska Court System as an in‐court clerk. Her current job is the Victim/Witness Paralegal with the Kodiak District Attorney’s Office. Missy has volunteered with the Kodiak Girl Scouts as a trooper leader, Kodiak Special Olympics as a swimming coach, and is an Elks member.

Anjuli Grantham, Member

Anjuli Grantham is a public historian, writer, curator and producer originally from Kodiak and now living in Juneau. She received her MA in Public History in 2011 with a Certificate in Museum Management. Anjuli worked for five years as the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Baranov Museum, where she managed the content development for the permanent exhibit redesign project, curated temporary exhibits, and spearheaded a variety of public history programs, including West Side Stories and the Way Back in Kodiak radio show. She specializes in the history of Alaska’s seafood industry and was the director of the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative. She writes a monthly column on fish history for Pacific Fishing, is an Alaska Humanities Forum Salmon Fellow, works as a legislative aide for Rep Gabrielle LeDoux, and is a consulting museum professional who works for Alaska museums on a variety of collections, management, and curatorial‐related projects.

Vickie Vanek, Member

Vicki is a longtime Kodiak resident of nearly 30 years and has been a volunteer at the Baranov Museum since the 1990’s. Vickie has served on the board of the Kodiak Area Volunteer Firefighter Association and is an Alutiiq Museum committee member for collections and upcoming displays. Her lifelong interests in museums and archeology led to her being chosen for a National Science Foundation student archaeology project at the Natural History Museum in Chicago and she has participated in many projects for museums since that time. She has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a BS in biology and is currently working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in aquatic animal research.

Dana Haynes, Member

Dana graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and a minor in Religious Studies. After working in a few art galleries and museums, Dana moved to Kodiak in 2015 and began working as the Gallery Manager at the Alutiiq Museum. She currently is employed as the Community Relations Director at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, where she manages membership and programming.

 

Toby Sullivan, Member

Originally from Connecticut, Toby came to Alaska at age 19 and fished for crab around Kodiak and in the Bering Sea from 1975 to 1993, and fished herring, halibut, and sea cucumbers on his own 36 foot boat until 2002. He has also commercially fished for salmon every summer since 1983 at his set gillnet site in Uganik Bay on Kodiak Island. Toby has been writing about the lives of commercial fishermen for many years and is a regular performer at the annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon. Toby holds a BA degree in English from University of Alaska, Anchorage, and MA degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Toby has worked as an instructor and tutor at Kodiak College since 2002, and has been the Executive Director of the Kodiak Maritime Museum since 2008. He has two grown children and lives in Kodiak.