Who We Are

Anointed Vessel Productions is a non-profit 501 c (3) Public Charity Organization providing community outreach to underserved families and development programs to at-risk populations through the performing arts. We provide Indie theatre specializing in stage plays grounded in reality with relatable characters and struggles. Read what the Press Enterprise has written about us in the links on the right.

Mission Statement

To UNITE creative performers to provide community outreach to underserved families and at-risk populations through stage plays that are thought provoking and speaks to the day to day life circumstances; To INSPIRE our audience to have hope while responding to those circumstances. To EDUCATE our community through the experience of Arts and Culture.

Vision Statement

To provide community outreach and development programs through collaboration and community partnerships with schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, shelters, foster family agencies, group homes, family resource centers, youth service coalitions, and youth opportunity centers.


We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Board Advisory Group, and a community Fundraising Planning Committee. Our daily operation is led by a volunteer Executive Director, programs are coordinated through the services of a Program Coordinator and are led by professionals of the entertainment industry. We receive funding through grants, sponsorships, fundraisers, donations; and leverage additional financial support through in-kind services from community partnerships and parental involvement.

Board of Directors

Pat Franks

Patricia A. Franks

Chief Executive Officer

Patricia is the founder and President of Anointed Vessel Productions (AVP) and serves as the Executive Director of its daily operations. She began playing the piano at age 12 for which she states her music was the lifeline that enabled her to navigate through a tragic childhood. Because of the impact music had on her life, she is passionate about providing youth a platform for creative expression and positive self-identity.

Patricia has performed lead acting roles in stage plays, musicals, and film with various production companies, have written, directed, and produced a pleathera of stage plays for AVP’s after school performing arts program and its community outreach events.

Patricia received theatrical and stage production training to include casting, directing, and producing, she is a member of Urban Playwrights United, a national playwrights organization, a member of the National Association of Professional Women, from which she received the 2010/2011 Woman of the Year award, she holds a BS Degree in Business Administration and a MA Degree in Organizational Management.


Lena M. Leatherwood


Lena has been with AVP since 2010, and in addition to her role as Treasurer, she serves in many capacities to include stage manager, hospitality, planning, fundraisers, and instructional aide for the after school performing arts program.

Lena served as the Creative Arts Director for a faith-based organization for which she wrote and directed several plays, and has performed leading roles with various production companies and social organizations.

Lena served as the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Youth Opportunity Center from which she received the Outstanding Service Award, was commended by the New Jersey State Governor’s staff and local officials for developing and maintaining a quality remedial program, and the Recipient of the “Somerset Youth Federation Patriot Award for community service. Lena holds a BS Degree in Psychology and a MA Degree in Organizational Management.


Maria D. Gallardo

Member Community Outreach Liaison

Maria has a passion for helping people and since 1984, she has been very actively involved in the community providing community outreach to children, youth, and parent groups at schools, community Centers, childcare centers, WIC clinics, nonprofit organizations, churches, family resource centers (FRC) and youth opportunity centers (YOC).

Maria has been with AVP since 2012, and as the Community Outreach Liaison she is responsible for community outreach, public relations and marketing of our youth development programs, recruitment of participants, networking with community partners, attending community partnership meetings for current events, and to ensure quality and relevance of program curriculum for addressing youth challenges.

Anya Douglas

Anya Douglas

Member Director of Theatre

Anya has been with AVP since 2016, initially as an intern overseeing the organization’s media and film projects, and later becoming our newest Board member.

She serves as the Director of Theatre for management of the production crew, props, equipment, and consulting in the script development ensuring proper formula and format for the expected impact, and ensuring relevant youth appropriate dialog and relatable characters are incorporated for the program participants’ personal learning experience.

Anya holds a BA Degree in Media and Cultural Studies and currently serves as the Office Administrator at YouthBuild Charter School of California, Inland Empire which offers students age 16-24 the opportunity to receive their high school diploma through project-based curriculum, which offers a fresh and realistic approach to engaging its students in their education and future careers.

Advisory Board


LaNette “Aisha” Kennerly


LaNette has been with AVP since 2012, initially serving as a Board member for 5 years and later as a member of the Board Advisory Committee. She has served as lead program instructor and train the trainer for our after school program instructors, and as house Director for the organization’s community stage play productions.

LaNette has over 30 years of experience as a teacher in the Pomona school district and 30 years of experience in community theatre. She served for 5 years as the Director of the Rialto Youth Theatre Ensemble (RYTE), a community theatre group for youth ages 10-22, and has also served as an instructor in acting techniques, blocking, stage presence, and the stage manager for several seasonal productions. LaNette holds an Administrative Credential, a BA Degree in Social Welfare, and a MA Degree in Education.


Dorothy “Dotti” Stallworth


Dorothy is a founding Board member serving in many capacities of the organization during its inception and establishment of its programs. She served faithfully as a Board member, later joining the Board Advisory Committee.

Dotti is committed to motivating and assisting children and youth to become passionate lifelong learners. Moreover, she encourages them to exhaustively develop their God-given gifts and talents to become productive community and or worldwide participants.

Dotti is a retired teacher from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where she taught various grade levels to include the gifted magnet program, and gives back to the community by providing free after school tutoring to low income families. Dotti has received awards and recognition in the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and “Teachers Making a Difference,” and holds an AS Degree in Liberal Arts and a BS Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Barbara A. Gatewood


Barbara is a founding Board member serving in various capacities of the organization during its inception and establishment of its programs, and most recently joining the Board Advisory Committee.

Barbara is a music history scholar, very passionate about youth and education, and assists with the music selections for incorporation in the program scripts and community stage play productions.

Barbara has over 35 years experience in diverse administrative and legal positions in fast-paced environments, she is responsible for all of AVP’s vendor relations, and advises the Board on contractual and legal matters.

Tanisha Banks

Tanisha Banks


Tanisha Banks is proud to be working with Patricia Franks and Anointed Vessel Productions. She started in 2010 as an instructor for our Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), a paid work experience program for youth ages 16-24, providing them with training and hands on experience as a Production Assistant, an entry level position in the Entertainment Industry. Since 2015, Tanisha has served as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director with the day to day Operations, and as Creative Writer for the after school performing arts educational program curriculum. Tanisha also serves on the Board Advisory Committee as Creative Consultant, writing for and promoting special fundraiser events for the organization. As owner of her own creative company, GIITA Productions, Tanisha’s dramatic flair and comedic stylings in creative writing and performance art, have given each project a unique signature that has roots in her training as a Theater Major from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her creative career spans over two decades. From musical productions, to improv, creative writing, movement, social dance, emcee, host and instructor; she aspires to one day add film and television to her creative experience.