Board of Directors
The Board of Directors’ job is to ensure that A Work in Progress’ offerings stay true to its mission statement, as well as providing overall accountability, insight and support to the staff and instructors. We are so grateful for these amazing folks!
Kim Beck, Founding Member
Kim Beck, a founding member of AWIP, has been blessed to be part of the organization since its humble beginnings around a kitchen table in 2012. She has served in multiple roles at AWIP (Production Manager, Stage Manager, Fundraising Coordinator, Bookkeeper, and Company Administrator) until she relocated with her family to Texas in 2016.
Kim has served on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years, returning each year for the MainStage Production and for either the Junior Production or the In Progress Show. Kim, a classical pianist since middle school, studied at Hartt School of Music and also earned a secondary concentration in music in college. She applied her musical background to building her own private piano studio which she maintained for years. With an M.S. in Education/Curriculum Development from Old Dominion University, Kim merged her love for the arts with her expertise in education by directing two full musicalsasaclassroomteacher. Currently,KimistheAcademyDirectorofEducationforA.D. Players in Houston, which uniquely serves as one of Houston’s largest professional theatre companies, producing relevant and compelling theatre from a Christian worldview. Kim has a passion for providing outreach opportunities as well as quality educational experiences in the arts as she supports Plato’s premise that “the patterns in music the arts are the keys to learning.”
The AWIP Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is new as of June 2015, as we officially become a Non-Profit Organization. The Advisory Board will meet to dive deeper into the fabric of A Work in Progress, finding ways to serve our community together and ensure students and families are receiving the best care possible while they are with us
Nicole Eckerson, Founding Member
Nicole is an avid supporter of the arts and assisted in the inception and creation of A Work in Progress. She has co-written a musical and several short plays for children in addition to being on the creative team for homeschool stage productions. Nicole was homeschooled exclusively through the 10th grade and then attended a private school for the last two years of her high school career. Once she graduated from UMass Dartmouth with her BSN, she taught science courses to homeschoolers for three years. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with her MS and currently works as a nurse practitioner in southeastern Massachusetts.
Patty (Trish) Mclernon, Production Manager
Patty McLernon has home schooled her children for 21 years, and has graduated the older five of her six from high school. She has involved herself with music and theater since childhood, and has sung as part of a church worship team for over 25 years. Patty has led children’s choirs and women’s worship teams, and has helped to direct home school drama presentations for the past four years. She is also in her second year of aiding in a drama intensive class. She has informally coached high school students in public speaking for the last six years, and in 2009 guided two of her children to qualify for the national tournament of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. One of her greatest joys is to have a front row seat in watching and encouraging children as they grow through theater and public speaking in their relationships with others and with God.
Raised in the midwest, Pam Macbeth learned to sew under the loving instruction of her grandmother Nina, who made clothing from feed sacks and newspaper patterns. Pam began her theater and sewing experience in high school by making her own costume for Guys and Dolls. As a homeschool mother of five delightful daughters, creations continued to be stitched from smocked baby clothing, matching holiday dresses, quilts, Civil War reenacting garments, costumes for play and home dec items. She continues to pass on the love of sewing and creating through mentoring, charity sewing workshops and teaching. Two daughters have pursued professional opportunities in the sewing field but all have been involved in various aspects of performing arts from orchestras to the stage. “Alice in Wonderland” was Pam’s first costume department theatrical experience with Jen Roca and it was the perfect marriage of the love of creating and the stage. “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Annie” followed as well as numerous smaller children’s productions. Pam looks forward to imparting the excitement to the next generation of creative stitchers and has added sewing opportunities to the table at A Work in Progress this year!