BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TRYPS Board President
Robert Klick, BS/Political Science & Religious Studies & MA/Public Administration
Mr. Klick is originally from St. Louis, but has called Columbia home for 22 years. He is currently an Academic Advisor at Columbia College. His first theatre experience was a high school production of “Oliver!” He was only in 4th grade and played an orphan.
He believes that TRYPS gives all its students a chance to shine. He is proud to be a part of an organization that allows all children to learn the values of teamwork, and practice and develop a lifelong love of the arts.
Katy Klick, BS/Agricultural Education & LCSW/Social Work-University of Missouri/Columbia
Mrs. Klick is originally from Troy, MO and moved to Columbia, MO in 1998 to attend MU. Since 2003, she has worked at Fulton State Hospital and is the Director of Social Work. Her first experience in theatre was in 4th grade when she was cast as Paddington Bear. She went on to compete in Drama, Speech and Debate, but her greatest joy is supporting her amazing daughter, Alice, and talented husband, Robert, as they take centerstage in numerous local productions. Mrs. Klick believes wholeheartedly in TRYPS and its commitment to build up young people and give everyone a safe place to truly be themselves. TRYPS kids develop and grow in skills that will last them far beyond the stage. She has seen firsthand the confidence and determination that TRYPS has helped to cultivate in her daughter and can’t wait to see what the next generation of TRYPS Stars will accomplish!
Brandy Tieman, Freelance Artist
Ms. Tieman was born in Saint Joseph, MO. She planted her roots in Columbia, MO in 2004 and has proudly called it home ever since. Her first experience with theater was when her 5-year-old daughter was in the “Skippy Jon Jones” class production with TRYPS. Ms. Tieman has been the master scenic painter, tea party volunteer, usher, office volunteer, and assists with the day-to-day efforts that keep TRYPS rolling. She appreciates that TRYPS is a place where kids and adults alike can be themselves and take on the wonderful challenge of theater!
Bridgid Magee Kinney, BS/Biologial Sciences-University of Missouri/Columbia
Mrs. Kinney is Director of Advancement for Columbia Independent School in Columbia, Missouri. She is responsible for all fundraising activities, giving campaigns, and event planning. She also oversees the Parent Association, and is a key member of the leadership team. Prior to her role at CIS, Bridgid owned her own company for fifteen years, specializing in audio and video home electronic systems. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, children, and two mischievous dogs.
Christopher Meade, Retired-District Manager/O’Reilly Auto Parts
Mr. Meade serves as Board Treasurer. His business experience spans 36 years in business management. He was the Co-President/CFO of the Keytesville Hardware & Lumber Company in the 1980s. He was the District Manager for O’Reilly Auto Parts for 25 years. Mr. Meade comes to the TRYPS family by way of his daughter’s participation over the last several years. Mr. Meade looks forward to continuing TRYPS’ growth in Columbia and Mid-Missouri and helping so many young people achieve their true potential.
Greg Wack, BS/Building Engineering-Lincoln University
Mr. Wack was born in St Louis and moved to Ashland, Missouri in 1972, where he and his family lived until 2015. His career with the State of Missouri spanned 28 years, where he served as Engineering Technician, Construction Inspector, Construction Manager and Assistant Chief Construction Manager. His notable projects included historic renovations of the State Capitol Building and the Supreme Court Building, and construction of the Lewis & Clark State Office Building. He and his wife, Jayne, moved to Columbia in 2015. He has served on the Board of Directors with the Columbia Country Club and as Activities Committee Chair. Mr. Wack was first interested in theater in high school after attending the Muny Opera in St Louis in 1966. His interest was rekindled when he took his grandson to see a TRYPS performance of “Jungle Book.” When he toured the TRYPS office at the Columbia Mall, the rest is history. He has volunteered as the master scenic builder and served on the Board of Directors since 2009. He has watched all the children who have come through TRYPS, seen their growth in self confidence and leadership. He also firmly believes that the impact TRYPS has on these children is infectious.
Kim Nowak Watson, MFA/Graphic Design & Photography
University of Missouri/Columbia
Ms. Watson was born and raised in Chicago. She arrived in Columbia in 1981 as a freshman at Columbia College, where she earned two undergraduate degrees (BS/Art and a BA/Art Education). In 1995, she founded Pinnacle Graphics, a graphic design firm,with clients like Shelter Insurance, Toastmaster, Inc., Penske Racing and many others. As a high school sophomore, she forced herself into taking an acting class to get over being shy. Years later, her children became involved in theater. Her youngest was most active with TRYPS. Today, her grand-daughter is a TRYPS kid! Ms. Watson believes that TRYPS brings so much to the community while bringing the community together! TRYPS is an opportunity for children to build life skills while developing knowledge in the performing arts. She is most proud of how well-rounded our students become through the cultural experience of TRYPS.
Kristen Meade, BA/Psychology & Sociology-William Jewell College
Mrs. Meade was born in North Kansas City, Missouri, but considers Columbia her hometown, as she has lived in Columbia for 30 years. She has worked for the University of Missouri for almost 25 years and serves as the Director of UM System Procurement/Chief Procurement Officer. Mrs. Meade remembers attending various shows and plays as a child. One of the first plays she attended was “Annie”, and her love for theater has continued through the years. She joined the TRYPS family about seven years ago when her daughter started attending the TRYPS After School Enrichment program. Her daughter loved it so much, she auditioned for shows. TRYPS has been such a vital part of helping her daughter, and so many other children, grow and learn self-confidence. Mrs. Meade looks forward to seeing TRYPS in their new location and to continuing its work enriching the lives of many more young people.