2017 Board of Directors

Sai Thao  was one of the original founders of In Progress.  She served on the board of directors from 2000 to 2009.  She is an accomplished filmmaker, teaching artist and community leader.  She returned to the board in in 2014.

2nd term expires 12/31/19

first elected 2014

Sai Thao

President

Martin Case joined the In Progress board in 2009.  He is director of the Indian Treaty Signers Project, a foundation-funded examination of American history through the lens of the biographies of men who signed treaties on behalf of the U.S. government. He also works with his wife Mona Smith, owner of Allies: media/art, on the production of media projects that address Indigenous issues. 

Marty has formerly worked as Director of Development for a state-wide arts organization in Minnesota, and as a consultant for writing and strategic planning.

2nd term expires  12/31/17

first elected 2009

Martin Case

Vice President

Bee Vue joined the board of directors in 2009 and in 2010 assumed the role of secretary/treasurer.  Bee currently works with Volunteers of America of Minnesota as Director of the Hmong Elder Connections Program. He has been actively involved with the Hmong community for over 20 years in the U. S. and has experience in researching, developing and implementing projects for Hmong elders. In the Chieng Kham Refugee Camp in Thailand, he worked for the International Rescue Committee as a Health Education Worker.  He is a parent of two In Progress youth artists.

3rd term expires  12/31/17

first elected 2009

Bee Vue

Secretary/Treasurer

Bienvenida Matias  has served on the board of directors since 2009.  She is an educator, filmmaker and media advocate. She is the former Acting Executive Director and a founding member of the National Association for Independent Latino Producers (NALIP). and the former Executive Director of the Association of Hispanic Arts, and former publisher of “TheIndependent.”  As a consultant, she works with filmmakers developing all aspects of documentary production. She is currently working on the documentary Coquito! as Producer/Director, with Producers Tami Gold and Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, which is funded by the Latino Public Broadcasting.

4th term expires 12/31/18

first elected  2007

Bienvenida Matias

General board Member

Missy Whiteman is an independent filmmaker and teaching artist.  She is currently producing her first feature film "The Coyote Way," while teaching photography and video in Indigenous communities within the United States.   She currently serves as a mentor  for the NEXUS Professional Development Program and is a professional that is well known and respected within tribal nations.  1st term expires 12/31/18 first elected 2016

Missy Whiteman is an independent filmmaker and teaching artist.  She is currently producing her first feature film "The Coyote Way," while teaching photography and video in Indigenous communities within the United States.   She currently serves as a mentor  for the NEXUS Professional Development Program and is a professional that is well known and respected within tribal nations. 

1st term expires 12/31/18

first elected 2016

Melissa Whiteman

General Board Member

Jeremy J Gardener is a music artist and the studio supervisor for the Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio located in Cloquet Minnesota.  Jeremy brings with him a keen sense of artistic learning and will advocate for our further development of music programming at In Progress.    1st term expires 12/31/19 first elected 2017

Jeremy J Gardener is a music artist and the studio supervisor for the Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio located in Cloquet Minnesota.  Jeremy brings with him a keen sense of artistic learning and will advocate for our further development of music programming at In Progress.   

1st term expires 12/31/19

first elected 2017

Jeremy J Gardener

General Board Member

Victoria Ramirez  joined the board of directors in 2011.  She began making videos with In Progress in 1997.  Her passion for using media as a tool for honoring Latino culture has been a vital part of her video work.  Now as a parent and a professional, she continues to support the Latino communities of northwestern Minnesota. 

3rd  term expires 12/31/18

first elected 2010

VICTORIA RAMIREZ

General Board Member

Bryan Vue  is a producer and director, known for Reminiscence (2012) and Journey to the Fallen Skies (2011).  He currently serves as a mentor  for the NEXUS Professional Development Program and is a professional that is well known and respected within the Hmong community. 2nd term expires 12/31/19 first elected 2014

Bryan Vue  is a producer and director, known for Reminiscence (2012) and Journey to the Fallen Skies (2011).  He currently serves as a mentor  for the NEXUS Professional Development Program and is a professional that is well known and respected within the Hmong community.

2nd term expires 12/31/19

first elected 2014

Bryan Vue

General Board Member

Chao Yang currently works as a Community Engagement Associate with Medtronic Foundation as a Ron McKinley Fellow.  Chao helps align and execute Medtronic philanthropic efforts aimed at achieving healthy communities and eliminating health disparities by integrating philanthropic community-based programs with employee engagement and other corporate-based opportunities.  Prior to her fellowship, she worked as a statewide healthcare trainer for the Department of Human Services, where she worked at the intersection of technology projects, healthcare policy, and instructional design.   1st term expires 12/31/19 first elected 2017

Chao Yang currently works as a Community Engagement Associate with Medtronic Foundation as a Ron McKinley Fellow.  Chao helps align and execute Medtronic philanthropic efforts aimed at achieving healthy communities and eliminating health disparities by integrating philanthropic community-based programs with employee engagement and other corporate-based opportunities.  Prior to her fellowship, she worked as a statewide healthcare trainer for the Department of Human Services, where she worked at the intersection of technology projects, healthcare policy, and instructional design.  

1st term expires 12/31/19

first elected 2017

Chao Lynn YaNG

General Board Member

Deanna Drift joined the board in 2010.  She is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.  Until recently she worked for the University of Minnesota Duluth as a secondary advisor to Native American students and continues to serve on an Advisory Leadership board for the Blandin Foundation.  De De made her first video at the age of 14 while living in Nett Lake Village.  Now as a parent, she advocates strongly in her community for media learning opportunities for the youth that live there.  

3nd term expires 12/31/18

first elected 2010

Deanna Drift

GeneralBoard Member

Jacylynn Jones is a parent and resident of the North End neighborhood.  She has been volunteering with In Progress since 2012 and has assisted In progress in developing programming for the neighborhood.  Jacy brings her expertise as a parent of 3 In Progress artist and an advocate for community arts programming. 1st term expires 12/31/18 first elected 2016

Jacylynn Jones is a parent and resident of the North End neighborhood.  She has been volunteering with In Progress since 2012 and has assisted In progress in developing programming for the neighborhood.  Jacy brings her expertise as a parent of 3 In Progress artist and an advocate for community arts programming.

1st term expires 12/31/18

first elected 2016

Jacylynn Jones

General Board Member

RETIRED BOARD MEMBERS

NADINE CHASE 2000 - 2008

JUANITA ESPINOSA 2002 - 2015

DEE FAIRBANKS 2004 - 2008

TARAH JEAN JACKSON 2002- 2004

I.KARON SHERARTS 2000 - 2005

ANNA SWAN SHERWOoD 2009 - 2015

KAREN STARR 2013-2015

XAVIER TAVERA 2002 - 2005

ELIZABETH VALDEZ 2002 - 2004

Kang Vang 2003 - 2005

PHILLIP WINDEN 2001 - 2014

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