JAHC appoints new Executive Director and Technical Director

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Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors has named Phil Huebschen as the new Executive Director and Zachary Pease as the new Technical Director of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC).

Both men were born and raised in Juneau, and have experience working with organizations in the contiguous United States. Huebschen’s background as associate director of the UCLA Chancellor’s Society and his passion for community-based arts programs. Heubschen brings with him substantial knowledge of fundraising and strategic development from years of work experience.

“I am very excited to join JAHC as its next CEO,” said Heubschen. “My connection to this organization has informed much of my life, and having the opportunity to lead its growth and help enrich the arts in Juneau is very important to me. I look forward to connecting, collaborating, and engaging with our community as we move into the future.” “

Heubschen will assume the role in March 2023 and will be responsible for fund development, fiscal and grant management, and program management, among other responsibilities.

JAHC Board Chairman Abel Ryan says the board is excited to have Heubschen as part of the team.

“He will be working with a great team at JACC and Centennial Hall and will bring some fresh ideas and new energy to the community that will continue our goals of equity and support for the arts in Juneau. Being a Juneau native, this will be a great homecoming for Phil, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.”

Heubschen succeeds interim CEOs Reggie Schapp and Jennifer Quinto, as well as former Juneau Council on the Arts and Humanities CEO Nancy DeCherney, who retired in May 2022.

JAHC is also taking on Zachary Pease as its new Technical Director. Pease will begin his new role on February 1, 2023. Pease will bring with him experience in production and event operations from his time as a freelancer. Pease has previous work experience organizing major events like Anime Expo 2022, Burning Man, and the D23 Disney Convention for 2022.

“As a born and raised Juneauite, I have always appreciated the Juneau Council on the Arts and Humanities for helping shape the community that supported and inspired me to be the artist I am today,” Pease said. “Accepting the role of Technical Director has been the highlight of my year, and I look forward to using my passion for the arts, events and production to help foster the same inspiration and support that Juneau gave me.”

As Technical Director, Pease will oversee the technical production of events at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Center for Arts and Culture. He will also be responsible for equipment inventory, general security and will act as the direct supervisor of the event team.