Meet our 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!
Bauer Evans, Chairman of the Board
Bauer Evans is the Lead Pastor of Crossway Church. Prior to being ordained in 2002, he was a social studies teacher for 13 years in public, private and Christian high schools in the Philadelphia area. His formal ministry training includes graduating from the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastors College in May 2000, and completing a 12-month church planting internship at Covenant Fellowship Church in Philadelphia. He has a Masters in Education from West Chester University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bucknell University. He is currently enrolled in Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Master’s in Divinity program. In addition to his graduate studies, he is an adjunct instructor for Advanced Placement courses at New Testament Christian school, in Norton Ma. He lives in Attleboro, MA with his wife Linda and their four kids, all of whom were homeschooled.
Michael Roca, Jr., Treasurer and Founding Member
Mike is the Senior Automation Tech Lead at the Canton office of Computershare LTD. He has worked in the computer industry for almost 20 years, in both the Quality Assurance fields and Software Development. He has also teaches computer programming. Mike serves on the Sound Team as well as the Financial Advisory Team at Crossway Church, which is where he met Jennifer about 12 years ago. He has since learned more about the behind-the-scenes of a theatrical production, as he has often stepped in to help edit songs, webpages, videos or scripts. In his spare time you might find him playing Candy Land with one of his three children, ages 9, 7, and 5.
Jim Pimental is a construction project manager for a company called Terva Corp out of Northbridge, Mass. Prior to that, he has over 30 years experience in the construction industry, including such companies as Gilbane and The Newport Preservation Society. Jim is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology. In his spare time, Jim enjoys yard work, building stone walls and spending time with his family, including his wife Wendy and children. Jim and his family attend Master Builder Christian Church in Fall River, Mass, and they have homeschooled their children for the last fifteen years.
Dave Wilson is from Wareham MA is new to the AWIP board this year, after seeing what a wonderful organization his kids were involved with last year for “Annie.” He is a husband, a dad of four, a leader at House of Bread Community Church in Taunton, and an electrical contractor in MA. He enjoys helping behind the scenes with everything from sound board to set up and break down, and keeping Dorothy’s feet safely on the ground.
Kim Beck, Founding Member
Growing up in a family who loved music, and then attending the Hartt School of Music through high school, Kim’s love for the arts began at an early age. She got her degree in Elementary Education while minoring in Music so as to continue pursuing this passion.
As a young wife, to a Navy Reserve Officer, and mother of three children, Kim ran a private piano studio and directed two children’s musical productions.
Homeschooling over the past 14 years, Kim has had the chance to pass along the importance of the arts and all aspects of production in a tangible way. Seven years ago, she was presented with the thrill of enjoying the arts from ‘behind the scenes’ as production manager for “Alice in Wonderland,” working alongside Jennifer Roca. Soon afterwards, they were laying the foundation together for A Work in Progress, and she has served as a Founding Member, Board Member, Production Manager, and Classroom Administrator since its inception!
Meet our 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, Secretary and 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 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.
During his high school years, Luke was very active in developing his musical and dramatic talents. He studied clarinet and piano, his clarinet playing earning him spots in the South Eastern District and Massachusetts All-State Music Festival ensembles. Luke was also active in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School as principal clarinetist of the Symphony Orchestra and a member of various chamber music groups. A dynamic speaker/actor, Luke competed in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. Throughout his three years competing in speech and debate, he consistently earned spots to the national competition where he excelled. His awards, among others, include 6th place in Duo Interpretation and 4th place in Dramatic Interpretation.
Following high school, Luke pursued a degree in music at Rhode Island College where he studied clarinet with Ian Greitzer. At Rhode Island College, Luke worked his way to becoming principal clarinetist of the RIC Symphony Orchestra and the RIC Wind Ensemble. Intent on becoming a well-rounded musician, Luke studied voice with Nicholas LaRoche and Georgette Hutchins and joined the RIC Opera Workshop for his final semester of study. Luke graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in May of 2014, receiving College Honors, General Education Honors, Departmental Honors in Music (For his thesis ‘The Unshackled Art of Music‘: Martin Luther’s theology of music and the life and work of Heinrich Schütz), and the Cantor Jacob Hohenemser Award.
Currently, Luke is fulfilling prerequisites to apply to nursing school. To ensure that he continues to grow musically, Luke has joined the tenor section of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Edward Markward for their 2014-15 season. Additionally, he will be co-directing the choir/drama ministry at his home church in Fall River, MA (Calvary Temple Assembly of God) where he first discovered as a child his strong inclination for the arts. His heart’s desire being to point people to Christ, Luke is most at home leading people in worship. Eventually, Luke hopes to pursue full-time ministry.
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!