Board of Directors
We have a 13 member Board of Directors which meets monthly during the summer at Pinewood and a minimum of three times in Phoenix during the off season.
Board members and their areas of responsibility are as follows:
Pam Solace – President*
Pam was born and raised in northern Illinois, but has been an Arizona resident since 1972. In 1997, she and her late husband Keith, purchased a lot in Munds Park and spent weekends for the next 10 years, building their cabin. Following a 23 year career with Mayo Clinic, she retired in 2010 and was finally able to become a summer resident.
Pam first became involved with PWP as a member of Readers Cabaret Theater, playing a small part in “Dixie Swim Club”, and portraying Gracie Allen in the “George and Gracie Radio Hour”. It was during that time she developed an interest in directing by taking on a few small skits under the tutelage of Doug Pusateri. She served as co-stage manager for “Bells are Ringing” and will be assistant director to Doug for the 2016 production of “Said the Spider to the Spy”.
Pam is excited to be part of this talented community theater group and is hoping to help grow the organization by being a member of the board.
Dan Slocum – Vice President
Dan is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. He retired from a thirty-seven year career in the semiconductor industry, initially as a product engineer then moving into marketing and sales for the majority of his career after discovering that he preferred working with people more than widgets. In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he served a 2 year term on Pinewood Players Board of Directors. During his term on the board he was responsible for marketing and publicity. He also served as Treasurer for the 2014 season.
Melanie Westmark – Secretary*
Melanie became a member of Pinewood Players in 1996 after her parents (Al and Alice Mau) were in the play “The Crucible”. In 2002, Melanie was involved with turning the teen room at the country club into our current theater. In 2004, her first performance on stage was in “Inside Story” and she has been involved in 15 shows since her most recent being “Bus Stop”. In 2015 she won an “Outstanding Actor” award for her portrayal of Stephanie Dickinson in “Cactus Flower” at an AACT (American Association of Community Theater) competition in Flagstaff. She retired recently after 35 years in the dental field. This will be her 4th year serving as secretary. The Mau and Westmark families have been blessed with so many lasting PWP friendships. She thanks her husband, Dave, for all his set construction talents and to all the volunteers who make PWP The Best Community Theater!!
Chris Murphy – Treasurer*
Chris was born in London, England, spending her childhood/school years in a small country town near Brighton in Sussex. After an amazing 38 years working in Finance at American Express Travel Related Services in UK/Europe, Florida, New York and Phoenix, she retired from corporate life in 2006.
Chris and her husband, Chip, moved to Phoenix in 1996 with Amex until they retired. Then they both worked for a further 5 years in less stressful ‘rewirement’ roles. Chris had a major a health scare 17 years ago inspiring her to move into health & fitness where she certified as a Personal Trainer. Her focus was in helping her ‘mature’ clients to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
Chris and Chip moved to Munds Park in spring 2013 as year round residents. They both volunteer with CERT here in Munds Park and in Flagstaff. Chris serves as treasurer on the boards of the Pinewood Lady Putters at PWCC and the Munds Park CERT group.
The Murphy kids and grandkids live in Florida which gives Chris and Chip the opportunity to cruise in their RV with their two fur-kids who love to travel too!
.Vy Armour – Publicity/Marketing/Advertising
Violetta (Vy) Armour and husband Don have been Munds Park summer residents since 1996. They feel it’s the best real estate decision they have ever made and it has nothing to do with investment but with the wonderful community people.
Vy is a first generation American and cherishes her Bulgarian/Macedonian heritage. She grew up in Gary, Indiana when it was a thriving steel city in the 50’s. She graduated from Valparaiso University in Northern Indiana, received her English secondary teaching certificate from University of Colorado and a Masters degree from University of Phoenix. She has taught at many levels—from preschool to high school
English, English as a Secondary Language and as an adjunct instructor in Communications at University of Phoenix.
What she is most proud of was fulfilling her dream of owning a bookstore in Ahwatukee (Pages)
in the early 90’s and recently publishing her debut novel, “I’ll Always Be With You” in 2015. In 2016 she published a children’s picture book “Granddad Golf and Me”. She has also been published in
Chicken Soup for the Soul .
Vy and Don have a blended family of five children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The grandchildren have had wonderful experiences with Pinewood Drama Camp.
She is proud to serve on the board of such an outstanding organization.
Nancy Del Duca – Play Selection
Nancy Del Duca is serving her first term on the Board of the Pinewood Players on two committees: the first oversees the housekeeping duties and the second is the play selection committee researching production possibilities for the summer of 2017. Pinewood Players is an important part of her life and although she and her husband Bart are only weekend residents, they make Players’ activities a priority. As a realtor in Phoenix with HomeSmart Elite Group, Nancy delights in serving both buyers and sellers with exceptional attention to their needs in any real estate transaction. She and her husband always have a renovation project underway in the Arcadia neighborhood where they have lived for 47 years. With a career assisting her husband in all aspects of the building field, she is fearless wielding power tools or backing trailers into tight spaces. After teaching in the Scottsdale School district and volunteering with many theatre groups for kids, she developed a lifelong love for Pinewood Players when her oldest granddaughter was bitten by the performing bug in a Pinewood production of Perfect Pirates. Sewing, costuming, stage decoration and performing have been memorable ways to serve this wonderful community theatre. As a nun, psychiatrist, anxious bride, new widow,organized group planner, Southern belle, suspicious wife or Hot Box Dancer, she has found each role to be challenging and worthwhile. The cooperation at the very heart of community theatre shapes great friendships within the Pinewood Players Community and she is grateful for the examples provided her 12 grandchildren.
Betsy Froderman – Historian/Photographer
Elizabeth “Betsy” Froderman grew up as the daughter of an Air Force pilot. After graduating from DePauw University in 1986 with a degree in computer science, she moved with her husband to Nashville, Tennessee for three years before moving to Phoenix in 1989. They have a daughter, Lauren (25), and a son, Bryan (21). A huge part of her daily parenting was spent being a Dance Mom (and a football Mom) and she continues to follow dance. She enjoys theatrical performances of all genres.
Betsy enjoys spending as much time as possible in Munds Park, including many weekends during the winter months. During the country club season, she plays in the card groups, especially the hand & foot Thursday groups. She also enjoys walking their 5 dogs. They also have two cats.
Andy Harper – Social
Andy Harper was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from college, Andy moved to Phoenix to explore a new part of the country. She enjoyed a successful and rewarding career working for Salt River Project, a local utility company, for 25 years. Andy became involved in volunteer work through SRP, which has a vast presence with numerous charities throughout the Valley. The Phoenix Zoo offered multiple volunteer opportunities, and she has dedicated countless hours at the zoo over the last 35 years. In 2002, Andy became a co-founder and charter member of Arizona’s Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) chapter. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. She loves to travel with her husband, Gary. Gary introduced Andy to Pinewood in 2003, although his family has owned a home here since 1973. Andy and Gary have enjoyed becoming engaged with Pinewood Players over the past 5 years. She looks forward to bringing her organizational skills to the Social Committee.
Eileen Jones – Ticket Committee
Eileen Jones was born and raised in New Holstein, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin for three years and moved to Arizona to finish her degree in education at Arizona State University. She taught for 25 years in the Madison School District in Phoenix. She then became the Madison District Science Coordinator for 13 years.
Eileen and her husband, Jim, have been Munds Park residents since 2000. They have two children, Christine and Bobby, and five grandchildren. The grandchildren participate in the youth drama camps. Eileen has volunteered her time ushering for the Pinewood Players for several years.
Eileen feels blessed to be part of the Pinewood Country Club, the Pinewood Players, Munds Park Community Church and this small and wonderful community.
Carlos Navarrette – House Management/Playhouse Maintenance
Georgia Osborne – Club Liaison
Georgia retired from Farmer’s Insurance as a Supervisor of Personal Lines Underwriting.
She and husband Tom and their family have been coming to Munds Park on weekends since 1980 and have been spending the summers here since 2001.
Georgia has primarily been involved in the back stage crew for Pinewood Players productions. Duties included serving as a co-stage manager for “Bells are Ringing” and stage manager for “Cactus Flower”. She has also helped with theater maintenance, painted sets and assisted with the kids in Drama Camp. In addition, she’s been involved in the cast of various skits presented the past two years by our Cabaret Players and finally made “the big stage” in the 2015 production of “Whose Wives are They Anyway”.
Georgia and Tom have 3 sons, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren
Lori Prescott – Social
Lori was born in Connecticut, traveled abroad being raised as a “Navy Brat”, the daughter of a Naval Officer, before settling in Arizona in 1977. She and John have been married since 1980 and have 3 children, 2 grandsons and a shihtzu-poodle, Molly. Lori worked 12 years as an Accounting Controller for a builder/developer keeping 35 sets of construction books, job costing, and payroll for over 200 employees as well as on-site supervision of sub-contractors. Lori and John own the family owned business, PRS Property Management, which they began together in 1979. The company is responsible for the management of 1,000 single family home investment properties. Lori obtained her Real Estate Sales License in 1979, followed by an Arizona Real Estate Broker’s License in 1988.
Lori has volunteered in many different areas: a Tempe Pop Warner Baseball Coach, Kyrene Middle School softball coach for 6 years, and math tutor at Kyrene Middle School. She now volunteers her time as the Treasurer of the Pinewood Ladies Golf Leagues, 9 and 18 holes, San Marcos Women’s Golf League, and is also the Vice President of the Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association. She enjoys golf a lot! And spends her summers playing in the many different leagues Pinewood has to offer. Lori also enjoys playing pickle ball, tennis, scuba diving, making dichroic glass jewelry, making ceramic pottery and traveling the world.
Lori became active in Pinewood Players in Cabaret Nights in 2013, advancing to the “Main Stage” in 2014 where she played Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, 2015 as Crystal in Hallelujah Girls, a dual role of Tina Jo and Gina Jo in Dearly Beloved in 2016, and will have her first major role in 2017 starring as Jenna in The Education of Angels.
Lori currently splits year by residing in Munds Park during the summer months and Tempe during the winter.
Bill Gibney – Past President/Advisor and Carnival
William (Bill) Gibney is an estate-planning attorney with W. Gibney Law, PLLC, practicing in Phoenix and Pinewood. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona. Immediately after law school, Bill served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. for three years. He then returned to the Valley to serve as Special Counsel to three Arizona governors before launching his own firm. In addition to his law practice, Bill teaches monthly classes on estate planning and asset protection at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business in Scottsdale.
Bill has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Power Paws, Inc. He hopes his many years of experience with these 501(c)3 organizations will be valuable to Pinewood Players so that it will continue to grow and provide top-notch entertainment to the Pinewood community.
Bill loves music and art of all genres, both as a spectator and a performer. He debuted on the Pinewood Theater stage as Nicely Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls”, sang in the musical production “All Night Strut”, played the role of Leslie in the hilarious comedy, “Love, Sex and the IRS” and was Max in “Lend Me a Tenor”.
Bill was inducted into the Sigma Chi Hall of Honor at the University of Arizona in 2009. He and his wife, Cheryl Parker, are members of Paradise Valley Community Church in Phoenix and Munds Park Community Church.
* Executive Committee Member