Scott Bartlett, President

Scott Bartlett is principal percussionist for the orchestra. Bartlett received a Bachelor in percussion performance from Washington State University (2000) and a Master of Arts in Music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (2011). He has performed with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra (timpanist and principal percussion), numerous pick-up ensembles and pit orchestras, and a wide range of folk, popular, and culturally diverse ensembles.  Bartlett has been professionally employed in the arts and culture sector since 2000. Since 2012, he has served as the Curator of Exhibits at the Pratt Museum in Homer. Scott has been a member of the KPO Board of Directors since 2017. He also serves on the Board of Museums Alaska (since 2016).

Mi’shell French, Vice President

Olya Silver, Treasurer

Leslie Morton, Secretary

Ashley Curtin, Director

Marion Parrish, Director

Dr. Robert Thompson, Director


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 concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of his undergraduate college orchestra at Western Kentucky University, and for the Anchorage Community Orchestra.

Betsy Vanek, Director

Cathy Wilmeth, Director

Cathy is a lifelong volunteer who has served on board committees and in officer positions for several nonprofits, including GFWC Western States Region, GFWC Colorado, and GeocacheAlaska! Inc. She spent many years playing clarinet in community, concert, marching, and pep bands in Colorado and Wisconsin, and believes strongly in live music for children – both as audience and as performers. Locally, she serves on the Wynn Committee for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and as chair for Nature Rocks Homer. Cathy is a homeschooling mom of three whose husband managed to wait until adulthood to turn his nerdery to making music; you’ll often find her hiking or snowshoeing, reading a good book, or wandering not-quite-aimlessly with camera in hand.

Teddy Handley, Youth Director

Teddy Handley is a graduate of 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 has been a competitive swimmer for the past ten years and recently has added Diving and Track / Field to his activities.

Emma Mullet, Youth Director