Kingman Center for the Arts Board of Directors


Christine Fredriksen, Chair

Christine has been involved in the non-profit sector for over ten years and worked as the Executive Director for a breast cancer support non-profit before moving to Kingman. She has experience in grassroots fundraising and non-profit leadership. She began her career as an attorney in Vancouver, British Columbia; but became interested in non-profit work several years into practicing law. Christine has a passion for the arts. Her first non-profit job was as an editor and illustrator in an international non-profit’s publications department. While there, she illustrated a cartoon strip, edited publications and helped lay out the non-profit’s magazine.  Christine is an art enthusiast and is thrilled to be a part of a local non-profit committed to bringing more art-related activities to Kingman.

Matt Hecht, Vice Chair

Matt Hecht has been doing theatre in the community for over 30 years now.  Graduated with a degree in Theatre and Computer Science, he found himself in Kingman without an outlet for his theatre background.  When he heard about the theater project he was “all in” and has been a part of Kingman’s community theater from the beginning. 

Roger Jacks, Treasurer

Mr. Roger Jacks obtained his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies, a master’s degree in Sociology, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has served as a Classroom Teacher, Principal, and a Superintendent of Schools. He was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to The State Board of Education. He served in the military as an Air Force colonel, base commander, and as an aviator in B-52 bombers and SR-71 aircraft. Roger has a strong belief that “The Arts” are crucial in the education of the whole child and the cultural strength of a community.

Joan Jacks, Director

Ms. Joan Cates-Jacks received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education She was an elementary school teacher for 23 years and she served in the United States Air Force Reserves. She has been active in the Arizona Supreme Court program which supports displaced children serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In 2011 she was honored as Kingman’s Citizen of the Year for her CASA work. Joan has participated in musical theater most of her adult life and sees the importance of “The Arts” for the future of a growing community such as Kingman, Arizona.   

Delphine Brandt, Director

Aaron Demke, Director

Emilie Preston, Director

Kristina Michelson, Executive Director

Kristina is an avid participant and consumer of the arts. She has over 30 years of experience as a pianist, both in performing and teaching.  She loves to accompany other artists as well as solo.  She is also experienced with handbells, having played in a professional handbell choir in the Las Vegas area.  Other instruments she plays are the saxophone and clarinet.  In college, she was asked to learn the organ for her church’s worship services, a challenging instrument she soon fell in love with.  Kristina also has 10 years of experience in community dance programs including tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance.  She is the mother of five boys and hopes to bring more opportunities for arts-based programs to the city so her boys can share in her passion.

Sky Pelham, Marketing Director

Sky moved to Kingman, AZ in 2008 from Illinois and has had 7 years of committed experience in theatre, with 2 of those years specifically in the Beale Street Theater. Before taking up the Marketing Director role, Sky was often directing costumes or performing on stage. With 2 years of experience in Marketing, she is finishing her associate degree in Business Administration to better help Beale Street Theater with its needs. She has always been interested in growing arts programs in the local area and is confident that Beale Street Theater is a crucial stepping stone in the growth of Kingman.