Tammy Meinershagen, Executive Director
Named 2017 Spirit of Frisco by the Chamber of Commerce, Tammy Meinershagen has a gift of inspiring others through her music, leadership, and passion for the arts. Under Tammy’s leadership as Executive Director, Frisco Arts received 2018 Non-Profit of the Year by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and 2018 Spirit of Collaboration Award by the Junior League of Collin County for over 80 innovative partnerships within the community. Tammy has helped Frisco Arts grow 1300% from 50 members to over 700, earning Frisco Style Magazine’s 2018 Best of Business Award. Tammy enjoys introducing the arts to all ages and cultures by connecting the arts to new sectors, including business, sports, youth, seniors, special needs, and more. A professional musician and former school teacher, Tammy has also volunteered in many roles to promote arts and culture in Frisco, serving on the Frisco Public Art Board, PR/Marketing Chair for the Texas Music Teachers Association, Diversity Chair for the Council of PTA, and member of the 2015 Citizen Bond Committee where she successfully spearheaded a $10M bond initiative for a performing arts center in Frisco. Originally from Chicago, IL and a graduate of Northwestern University, Tammy and her husband Todd reside in Frisco and have 3 daughters, all aspiring musicians and arts enthusiasts.
Julie Shipp, President
Julie Shipp is the Director of the Arts Gallery and a Professor of Art at Collin College, and has served on the Board of Directors at for Frisco Arts since March 2014. She is involved in the Student Mentor Program on campus, teaches art studio courses, and initiated a lecture series called Art Café that features art professionals presenting their studio work and research to expand the dialogue of art.
Ken Looney, Director of Finance
Ken Looney received his BBA in Accounting from Midwestern University after serving three years in the Army. He and his beautiful wife Dona have called Frisco their home since 1976. Ken retired from Arco Oil and Gas as an Accounting Manager and oil and gas auditing advisor.
Music and the arts are Ken's passion. He has performed in vocally in Anchorage, Alaska, Midland, Texas, Plano, Texas, and here in Frisco. While in Midland, Ken studied voice under Vivian Moss, was a member of the St. Luke's UMC Chancel Choir, UTPB University Singers show choir, and the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Closer to home, Ken was one of the founding members of the Frisco Community Theater, and currently is a member of Christ United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir in Plano and has been a member of The Frisco Chorale since 1995.
Jennifer Wade graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She lives in Frisco with her husband Oliver and daughter Zoie, and practices law in Strasburger and Price’s Collin County office. Music and theater have always been an important part of Jennifer's life. Jennifer was the treasurer for the International Thespian Society in high school and enjoyed working both onstage and backstage. In law school, Jennifer performed in the musicals “The Music Man,” “Justice Maul,” and “Anti-Kids 'n' Fun,” which were written by a professor and produced by the students. As a clarinet player, Jennifer played with small ensembles and in community bands during law school and still likes to play whenever she can. Currently, Jennifer volunteers for the Acting Studio Frisco, helping young actors, singers, and dancers learn about the wonderful world of theater. Jennifer is excited to serve Frisco Arts and dreams of bringing new opportunities for Frisco residents to hear live music and see live theater.
Mr. Will Odom is the founder and CEO of The Next Dimension Marketing and Management, LLC. Mr. Odom serves as the V.P. of Heels on The Move To Heal 501(c)3 organization since May 2018. Mr. Odom serves on the Board for My MisCarriage Matters non-profit organization since 2014. Mr. Odom has a Heart for the arts due to spending a least 18 years in the music Industry. He currently works as the Director of Marketing for WeTalkRadio Network, Project Manager in telecommunication, AE for Concierge magazine, Press manager for All Things Beautiful & Co., Project Manager for 12:53 Entertainment in Atlanta Ga., Artist manager for Crystal Cameron, Ambassador team lead for the Frisco Arts and member of Grammy365 recording academy. Mr. Odom provides performing entertainment at the annual ML King, Jr Luncheon and Justice Award on behalf of the Dallas Bar Association. Mr. Odom holds the following certificates; PMP, CKT Designer, Network Provisioner, Telecomm business solution, MEDC credit smart, Six sigma yellow belt and is obtaining his six sigma green belt certification. Mr. Odom is noted for his work with numerous national non-profit organizations due to his humble spirit in serving the community with passion, leadership and a will to and make a difference. Mr. Odom is recognized for a few individual awards in his career. Mr. Odom attended Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and majored in Computer Science Tech.
Barbara Mazzeo, Database Coordinator
Barbara and her family relocated from New York in 1995 when husband, Bill was transferred with JCPenney. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Communication Arts. Barbara was the Director of Marketing Services with NECTEL, a subsidiary of a multinational telecommunications corporation, until leaving to raise her two children, Danielle Mazzeo Ingold and Justin Mazzeo. In 2002, she joined The Dallas Opera where she was the Development Database Manager until retiring in 2012. For 35 years, she has been a community volunteer, working with the Girl Scouts, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Frisco Family Services as well as with her church and local PTAs.
A lifelong consumer and lover of the arts, Barbara came to Frisco Arts in May 2017 where she combines this passion and her data management skills. She is inspired by Frisco’s vibrant artistic community and its dynamic, growing and committed arts advocacy network.