W.A.R. Executive Director and Board of Directors
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Melodie Thompson is the Executive Director of Worship Arts Restoration, Inc, and also serves as the Artistic Director for Maplestreet Performing Arts Center & Theater (MPACT) in Pawtucket, RI. Ms Thompson is a RI State Council on the Arts Teaching Artist, actor, playwright, storyteller, and dancer. She was commissioned as an Apostle in the Arts by Harvest International Church (CA).
Ms Thompson also holds a Masters in Teaching and RI Secondary Special Education Certification. Best known as a professional Storyteller, Ms Thompson has contributed to theater arts in various capacities for over 30 years. Her Rhode Island acting credits include: The Providence Black Repertory Company, "Tribute to Langston Hughes" (multiple roles); Mixed Magic Theater, "Celebrations: An African Odyssey" (mother, chorus); Brown University’s Rites and Reason Theater, "ChangeUp" (playwright and lead role), directed by the late Marsha Z. West; "Only a Woman: America’s Only Known Female Buffalo Soldier," (playwright and lead role), directed by Don Mays and toured nationally; and Mixed Magic Theater, "The Red Tent" (Rebekah), directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Ms. Thompson was a co-founder of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, aka, RIBS (1998-2010) and founding Director and Choreographer for God’s Providence Dance Assembly (2006- 2012). She served as the RI Chapter Chair for the National Liturgical Dance Network from 2009 – 2018. Her most meaningful title is “God’s Servant in the Arts.”
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Martin Bowman serves as the Board Chair for Worship Arts Restoration. Mr Bowman comes to WAR with many valuable skills and credentials, including a career in architecture, an MBA from Columbia University, and more recently an MDiv from Drew University. Now retired, Martin has spent many years servicing some of the most challenging addicted and needy populations in the New York City Rescue Mission. He is an ordained Minister, a published author, and the Executive Director of Seasons of Purpose, a faith-based organization devoted to cultural arts & consulting. Martin is contributing his expertise in business and finance by serving as WAR’s Financial Consultant and Accountant.
Alicia Siryon-Wells serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for Worship Arts Restoration. Ms Siryon-Wells is the Co-Director of the National Liturgical Dance Network-MA and RI Chapters and a published Author of her first book, entitled, “Unashamed.” Alicia is a 2012 graduate of the Eagles International Training Institute (EITI), where she became a licensed Dance Minister; and a 2015 graduate of the Eagles International Pageantry Institute (EIPI). She served as the TEN (The Eagles Network) Massachusetts State Leader for three years. She was also a Liturgical Dance Instructor at Stajez Cultural Arts Center in Randolph, MA for five years and currently serves as the Associate Director and Minister for Living Water Outreach for Girls, Inc, a liturgical dance and community service organization for girls ages 9-16, as well as serving as Prison Ministry Coordinator for Worship Arts Restoration.
Kim Trusty is a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and actress. Kim draws on Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Vocal Improvisation, Soul and Roots, bringing her life, heart and work experiences into unforgettable and unique performances. Her foray into songwriting started at a young age and eventually brought her to New England to study songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In the last 2 decades Kim’s reputation has moved well beyond the Ocean State as a consummate vocalist, lyricist and songstress. Kim has had the privilege to work with some of the industry's best, Paula Cole, Richie Havens, Rick Danko among others.
Kim is also known for her work in the community as a music teacher and for her countless contributions to music initiatives, including her role in helping to launch Providence's first school for the arts, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts. Kim brings invaluable experience to WAR from her decades of work in the Music Industry, Arts Education and from her life of triumph over many and varied obstacles along the way.
William Wells is the Owner and Personal Trainer at WillpowerStrengthandFitness. His also works with youth in Brockton Public Schools as a counselor and Football Coach. Min Wells completed studies at Andersonville Theological Seminary in Georgia. This powerful man is a humble Servant of God in multiple capacities, not the least of which is as a devoted father and husband to Min Alicia-Siryon Wells. William brings a wealth of community involvement and heart for Outreach to WAR.
Ramel Moore is a pastor of Fortified Life Church, a coach, husband, entrepreneur, and kingdom-builder.
His decades of experience in the athletic industry as a varsity-level basketball coach combined with his years of pastoring highlighted the growing need to bridge the gap between building teams, building businesses, and building the kingdom of God. He now provides group coaching programs, one-on-one mentorship, speaking topics, and organizational trainings to address this need. Coach Moore's expertise and Kingdom mindset are invaluable assets as WAR continues to thrive, diversify and grow.
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