Board of Directors

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Mary Broderick, President

Mary Broderick, Branch Title Manager for a local title company, began her Kenai Peninsula musical journey in 2006 when she began cello lessons. She has played as a valuable member of the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra, Redoubt Chamber Orchestra, Kenai Performers Pit Orchestra, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and several cello groups. Wanting to help ensure that live classical performance will continue, she joined the Board in 2010 where she has served as both Co-President and Vice-President of the board of directors. Between her very full work and orchestra schedule, Mary spends her free time off-roading in her Jeep and spending time with her 9 children and their spouses, and starting her own orchestra by teaching grandchildren to play cello.

Mi’shell French, Vice President

Leah Handley, Secretary

Leah Handley, her husband Bob, and their 3 children live in Homer, Alaska. She has not always appreciated fine music-ask her mother! Her Colorado childhood was spent listening to opera or symphonies on the weekends via the radio or the phonograph. (The house was not big enough to escape her mother’s blaring tunes.) Piano lessons didn’t help to enlighten her either. She closed her ears, and heart, to anything but pop music. In her early 20’s her musical taste began to refine. She sang in her college choir and traveled with one of their musical troupes. After marrying and moving to Alaska, she and her husband sang with one of the Billy Graham crusades. By her 30’s she pretty much resembled her mother’s tastes! In Homer, the couple enjoys choral singing and they have participated in many concerts, even traveling to Italy with the Community Choir. Their three children all love singing. Leah enjoys orchestral music, opera, and about anything with a violin. She stays busy with family projects, passing on her mother’s musical quirks to her granddaughter, community service, and occasional employment as a CNA. She has been involved with KPO for many years from the sidelines and now joins the KPO Board with much appreciation for the quality music it has brought to her life.

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Linda Reinhart, Treasurer

Linda began playing the violin at the age of 11. However, upon her marriage, she set aside the instrument while she attended to the homemaking duties of wife and mother of 6 children. After 30 years she began playing violin again and gradually increased her participation as a playing member of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.Linda’s special interest is focused on promoting the training and encouragement of young people who want to participate in making music. To further that purpose she also participates on the board of the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club, one of the youth orchestras KPO helps sponsor.

In 2013 she accepted the position of co-president of the Board of Directors of KPO with Mary Broderick and serves in that capacity at this time. She is thankful for the opportunity to work and play with such a splendid group of people, helping to present classical music to the music lovers of the Kenai Peninsula.

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Dr. Robert Thompson, Member

Dr. Thompson, medical doctor and author, resides in Soldotna with his practice  focused on achieving wellness and anti-aging medicine.  He actively seeks outdoor adventure, hunting, fishing, dog training, skiing, climbing, and more. He also serves as President of Love INC of Kenai Peninsula.  He plays in the first violin section of the KPO and has served as concert master and assistant concertmaster of his undergraduate college orchestra at Western Kentucky University, and for the Anchorage Community Orchestra.

Ola Mullikin, Member

Tracy Curtin, Member

Ashley Curtin, Member

Teddy Handley, Youth Member

Teddy Handley is a 16 year old Sophomore at Homer High School. He began receiving violin lessons when he was nine. He has been studying under Lisa Shallock for the past five years, Michael Shallock for the last year,  and plays in the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club.  Teddy has also played with KPO for various concerts since 2015.  Music has always been a major part of his life.  Ever since he was a child his family would have home church services where singing consisted of almost half the service. These family get togethers gave him an appreciation for music and making music. As he has gotten older he has realized that music is a universal language and he has continued seeking to improve his knowledge and expression of it. He plans to keep violin and orchestra playing as a focal point in his life.  He is excited to be asked to join the KPO Board and learn another side of what it takes to bring music to a community.  He was a cast member in the 2015 Pier One production of Les Miserables, sings with the Homer High School Chorus and Swing Choir, and loves the stage. Teddy also has been competitively swimming for the past ten years and recently has added Diving and Track / Field to his activities.