Amy Elizabeth Striebel Kalas, a longtime employee of dick clark productions, died on Dec. 9 at the age of 47 after a long illness. She passed away at West Hills Community Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Striebel Kalas began working at dick clark productions in 1990 as the executive assistant to Dick Clark and his wife Kari. She worked side-by-side with Clark on every show dcp produced, including the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. She also served for many years as the talent producer on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
While at dcp, Striebel Kalas developed many long-lasting friendship including with Dick and Kari Clark who became her second family. In 2006 she joined them when they launched the Dick Clark Company in Malibu, Calif. This year, through DCC, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Buried History with Mark Walberg, which she said she took on to “make Dick Clark proud.”
Born on May 2, 1969 in Kokomo, IN, Amy Elizabeth Striebel Kalas graduated from Northwestern High School, then moved to San Francisco and studied at the College of the Recording Arts. Throughout her life, she was an avid sports fan and remained loyal to the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Colts and Purdue.
At work, she had a unique gift of making everyone who came through the office doors feel special and cherished. Her colleagues called her a “gift to those who knew her” who taught them about “love, selflessness and friendship.”
She is survived by her husband, Brad Kalas; her parents, Joellen and Joe Striebel; her brother, Matthew; his wife, Linda; and their children, Mason and Hunter.
Donations in honor of Striebel Kalas can be made to the Lupus Foundation or the Humane Society of California.