Board

Meet the Spectacular Follies Board Members

  • Chris Cree

    President

    Chris joined the Follies in 2019. He is a lifelong Dallas resident save his years…

  • Jill Brooks

    Vice President

    Jill joined the cast of the Spectacular Follies in 2010 and has been a part…

  • Brigittia Powers

    Secretary

    Brigitta Powers was recently voted onto the Follies board as an auxiliary member.  She is…

  • Betsy Lee

    Treasurer

    Betsy joined the Follies in 2017 and was elected to the board as the Treasurer…

  • Phil Alford

    Director

    Phil Alford recently joined the board of the Spectacular Follies after performing with the group…

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    Marcie Baker

    Director

    Marcie Baker is a recent addition to the Spectacular Follies Board in 2021. She joined…

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    Mary Dowling

    Director

    Mary was born tap dancing. She began at age four in Elizabeth, NJ. She was…

  • Don Dutton

    Director

    Don joined the cast of the Follies in 2010 as a vocalist in the chorus…

  • Scott Hickman

    Director

    Scott joined the Follies in 2019 and was elected to the board in January 2020.…

  • Myke Holt

    Director

    Myke was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2021.

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    Beth Weems Pirtle

    Director

    Beth is from West Columbia, Texas and a graduate of the American High School, Mexico…

  • Mary Virginia Tuinstra

    Director

    Mary Virginia was born in Houston, TX. Early in life, her mother recognized her considerable…

Chris Cree

President

Chris joined the Follies in 2019. He is a lifelong Dallas resident save his years at the University of Oklahoma earning a degree in Business Administration with minors in statistics and business communications. He currently sits on boards of 5 not-for-profit corporations and is hopeful that his experience over the past 35 years owning a business will help the Follies on the path forward of continuing wonderful, entertaining productions.

Jill Brooks

Vice President

Jill joined the cast of the Spectacular Follies in 2010 and has been a part of the “Follies Family” since then. Her extensive theatre experience and vocal skill have served her not only as a performer but also in leadership roles as a choral captain and voice teacher. Jill was asked to join the Executive Board in 2018 and her corporate skill set has contributed to many facets of her service to the Follies in that capacity as well. She serves on several committees, as Secretary, and now Vice-President.

Brigittia Powers

Secretary

Brigitta Powers was recently voted onto the Follies board as an auxiliary member.  She is an officer on the Ms. Texas Senior America board and has served on that board for 8 years.  She is a retired nurse and preschool teacher.

Betsy Lee

Treasurer

Betsy joined the Follies in 2017 and was elected to the board as the Treasurer in November, 2021. She worked in the accounting field as a Financial Analyst for over 30 years and retired in 2019.  She was the original founder of USA Dance Dallas, a national non-profit promoting ballroom dancing and was its Treasurer for 12 years.  She is also a member of the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, Hugo & Celina Tango Dance team and has performed all throughout Texas. Her love of dance and performance brought her to the Follies and being part of the board, she hopes to make a difference at the Follies.

Phil Alford

Director

Phil Alford recently joined the board of the Spectacular Follies after performing with the group since 2018 as a soloist and ensemble member.  He has served in the past as an officer with the Singing Men of North Central Texas, Kauf-Van Baptist Association, the board of the Forney Public Library.  As a minister of music for 46 years he has organized and directed many musical programs, as well as helping develop and oversee budgets in the churches he has served. He looks forward to serving with the Follies board.

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Marcie Baker

Director

Marcie Baker is a recent addition to the Spectacular Follies Board in 2021. She joined the Follies cast in 2017.  She served as president of the Ms. Texas Senior America Cameo Club for four years and still serves as Co-president and Treasurer.  She works with senior facilities around the metroplex to set up showcases for the Cameo Club to perform.

Mary Dowling

Director

Mary was born tap dancing. She began at age four in Elizabeth, NJ. She was co-captain of the Cheerleaders at Sacred Heart High School for 2 years and won a dance scholarship due to her talent as a tap dancer, assisting at the dance studio and perfect attendance.
Mary has performed in many talent shows in New Jersey and other venues in New York City and has also appeared in dance ensembles. She taught tap to elementary school children at the Dorothy Inderlied dance studio and choreographed routines with the Duncanville and Frisco Chambers of Commerce
preparing for their annual award programs.
She has won numerous awards for volunteering and assisting in other theatrical venues in New Jersey.
Her heartfelt gratitude goes out to the outstanding Class Act Tap Co., the Spectacular Follies and her wonderful family. They have all supplied her with “the oxygen” that keeps her going. This is Mary’s 12th year in the Follies.

Don Dutton

Director

Don joined the cast of the Follies in 2010 as a vocalist in the chorus and with the Texas Rotary Chorus.

Scott Hickman

Director

Scott joined the Follies in 2019 and was elected to the board in January 2020.  He brings his expertise in information technology to the Follies board and serves on the website, social media, artistic and program advertising committees.

Scott worked in information technology for over 30 years and, in addition to teaching various programming topics and helping design a web-based platform for insurance processing, he has led teams of business analysts and programmers in multiple projects though the years.  His love of performing brought him to the Spectacular Follies in 2019 and his devotion to the Follies mission led him to the Board.

Myke Holt

Director

Myke was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2021.

Beth Weems Pirtle

Director

Beth is from West Columbia, Texas and a graduate of the American High School, Mexico City. She holds degrees in Spanish and Deaf Education and has a Masters in Communication Disorders. Beth retired in 1994 after 26 years in teaching. She is Ms. Texas Senior America 2003. Beth and Rodney have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Beth has been in the Spectacular Follies since 2008.

Mary Virginia Tuinstra

Director

Mary Virginia was born in Houston, TX. Early in life, her mother recognized her considerable musical talents and at significant sacrifice, provided for piano lessons at age 4, dance lessons at age 10 and voice lessons at age 14.

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