Kodiak Arts Council Staff

Katie Oliver

Katie Oliver
Executive Director

Katie Oliver joined the Arts Council as Executive Director in 2012. As a young person she participated in many Kodiak theatre productions under the direction of Gerry Wilson. She remains active in local community theatre (Disney's Mary Poppins, 2018; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 2014; Wit, 2010) and is a member of Isle Bells, Kodiak’s five-octave community handbell choir. Prior to joining the Arts Council, Katie served for eight years as the Executive Director of the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum. Katie is responsible for vision and planning, fundraising and development, implementing the policies of the Board of Directors, and the Performing Arts Series and Community Theatre programs. Contact her at katie@kodiakarts.org


Rory Psotka
Public Programs Manager

Rory is a transplant from Evanston, Illinois who has fallen absolutely in love with Kodiak. Rory harbors an incredible passion for the natural world and all the ways that we are connected to one another. He is an active participant in Kodiak’s community theatre productions. He has performed in Disney’s Newsies(2019), The Crucible(2019), and The Hasty Heart(2020). Before signing on at the Arts Council, Rory worked as an Interpretive Ranger at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge where he developed and presented environmental education concepts through art, storytelling, and hands-on activities. He’s also spent several years working at the Department of Fish & Game where he has personally processed and sampled more than 15,000 Pacific herring in the name of science. A poet at heart, he greatly enjoys creative expression, listening to and playing music, singing, fishing, hiking, doing coloring pages, and being a part of this wonderful island community that we call home. 

Please don't hesitate to contact Rory at programs@kodiakarts.org with any ideas, questions, or concerns.

Neelam Ibrahim

Arts Education Coordinator

Neelam Ibrahim is an artist who specializes in fine art using oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and charcoal as mediums in her paintings and sculptures. You may recognize her artwork from various 3D rock paintings around Kodiak island and her realism style oil paintings. Inspired by her parents, Neelam's interest in art started at a young age of 3 and since them she has expanded her knowledge by learning different cultures and traditional-art forms in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia that she now incorporates in her art. 

Neelam facilitates community arts education programs and K-12 initiatives including the Munartet Project. For inquiries contact her at education@kodiakarts.org


Tasnah Bercy

Special Project Coordinator: Visual Arts

Tasnah Bercy joined the Arts Council staff in the fall of 2020 and works to support visual artists and create opportunities for artists to share and sell their work in this most unusual year. In this capacity, Tasnah created and manages the Makers of Kodiak directory at makers.kodiakarts.org 

An accomplished visual artist herself, Tasnah works in watercolors and creates prints, cards and stickers from her original work. She further puts her planning and organizational skills to work through her business Events by Tasnah.

For inquiries contact her at kodiakartscouncil@gmail.com