Our Team

Jennifer Klein- founding board member and treasurer

Jennifer grew up in the Bay Area of California, born with a love of the sea. When she was 10 years old, she recalls reading a Sunset Magazine or National Geographic article about Southeast Alaska. She remembers thinking “I want to live there”. So she did from 1975 to 2014 (with a 9 year hiatus to Cape Cod). She received a BA in History and along with her Construction Project Management work experience with the State of Alaska became involved with historical preservation. Five Finger Lighthouse became her canvas and she honed her writing skills to obtain numerous capital grants to help preserve, maintain and make Five Finger accessible to the public. None of this could have been possible without the strong skills and innovative ideas of she and her husband Ed. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2016 but his tireless efforts at the lighthouse will continue to be appreciated by future generations. Jennifer lives in California now, but looks forward to moving back to Southeast Alaska.

Paul Sharpe– president and board member since 2016

Paul Sharpe, current board president

A four-time national Emmy Award winning cameraman and editor, Paul has traveled the world working on wildlife and adventure documentaries. His first visit to Five Finger Lighthouse came in the late 1980s when Paul was filming a humpback whale documentary for Mutual of Omaha featuring Jim Fowler. Since then, Paul has visited the lighthouse on several occasions and was the full time Lighthouse keeper in 2015. Paul is currently serving as president of the board of directors.

Jeff Erickson– secretary and board member since 2016

Jeff is a forty year resident of Petersburg, Alaska. He grew up in Washington and worked at a cannery for eleven years before becoming a full-time fisherman. Over the years he has enjoyed many visits to the lighthouse with friends and family. He is highly motivated to preserve and maintain the lighthouse infrastructure and the lovely island on which it stands so others can come and enjoy this magical place. With his 59′ seiner, 32′ open skiff and other craft, he is well equipped for supporting work parties and moving equipment on and off the island. “The first thing I do every day when I wake up is check the weather at Five Finger Lighthouse”.

Thomas Cumps– vice president and board member since 2018