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Since 1994 I've operated my own business as a professional speaker, trainer, troubadour and author.


Community education coordinator and director since 1974 with varying levels of responsibilities, including:

  • Director, Community Education, Brooklyn Center Sch. Dist., MN., 1993-94
  • Coord, Community Partnerships & Facilities, Hopkins ISD 270, MN, 1990-93
  • Executive Dir., Adult Learning Programs of AK, Fairbanks, 1989-90
  • Dir. of Community Affairs, Fairbanks Public Schools, AK, 1985-89
  • Community Education Supervisor, Alaska Dept of Education, 1978-85
  • Adjunct Professor, Univ of Alaska-Juneau, 1980-85
  • Community School Coord., Eugene 4J Sch. Dist., OR, 1977-78
  • Community School Coord., Juneau Sch.Dist., AK, 1975-77


  • Adult Swim Instructor, Ridgedale YMCA, 2001-2019
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Univ. of Oregon, 1977-78
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Juneau Parks & Recreation, 1975-77
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Dallas (OR) Parks & Rec., 1974
  • Camp Counselor/Lifeguard, Presbyterian Camps, Saugatuck, MI, 1972-73
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Willamalane Parks & Rec. District. Eugene, 1972-73
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Minneapolis (MN) Parks & Recreation, 1970-71


  • Volunteer Recruiter at YMCA Camp Christmas Tree, 2012-present
  • Neighborhood Block Captain, 2003-present
  • Member, Community Bd. of Directors, Ridgedale YMCA, '03-'09
  • Member, Bd. of Directors, MN Chapter National Speakers Assoc, '02-'04
  • Superintendent's Communication Committee, Hopkins School Dist, '98-01
  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Business-Education Partnership, '97-99
  • Emergency Foster Home provider, Teens Alone, Hopkins, '93 - 97
  • Committee Chair, Minnesota Community Education Assoc, '90-96
  • Bd Member or Officer, Alaska Assoc for Community Education, '76-90;
  • President, AK School Public Relations Assoc., '85-87
  • Member; Juneau Board of Education, '82 - 85
  • President, Juneau PTA, '81 - 82
  • Advisor, Alaska PTA, '81-85.
  • Stingray Swim Team Parent Group Chair, 1986-90


  • Attending other workshops & presentatiions at conferences I'm working with.
  • Continuing education through professional development seminars offered by MN-Chapter National Speakers Association (NSA), and annual conferences of the N.S.A.
  • M.S., 1978, Public Administration, University of Oregon, Eugene.
  • B.S., 1976, Community Services & Public Affairs, Univ. of OR.


  • "Outstanding Contributions to Community Education," from the Alaska Association for Community Education (AACE), '89
  • "Outstanding Urban Community Educator," AACE, '89
  • "Lifetime Membership Award," AACE, '81 & 89
  • "Outstanding Young Man of America" from the United States Jaycees, '81
  • "Outstanding Organization Support for Community Ed - Alaska Dept. of Ed", from the Nat'l. Community Ed. Assoc., '81; & AACE,'80
  • "Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Graduate Fellowship" (Univ. of OR), '77-78

Kim Ratz, Speaker-Trainer-Troubadour-Author
Successfully sharing stories, songs and skills since 1994.