Tammy Meinershagen, Executive Director
Named 2017 Spirit of Frisco by the Chamber of Commerce and 2016 Person to Watch by Frisco STYLE Magazine, 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 has grown 700% from 50 members to over 400, and she enjoys bringing new programs to life by connecting the arts to all 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.
Linda Pardue and her husband, Ken, are owners of the Pardue Group at The Associates Realty. They have spent the past fifteen years advising clients regarding their residential and commercial real estate investments, and today most of their business comes from referrals from past clients and people who know them through their involvement in the community. Linda has been recognized for several years by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Five Star Real Estate Professional and by D Magazine as a Top Realtor.
At an early age Linda was exposed to the arts by her grandmother, who was an artist and photographer. She feels very fortunate that her previous career as a business consultant and her love for travel provided her with the opportunity to experience some of the most famous works of art, theater, and architecture in cities like New York, Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, and Rio de Janeiro.
It was Linda’s passion for the arts and her fundamental belief that art, in all its many forms, broadens and enhances our lives in such a unique way that led to her involvement in the local arts. Linda has served as Past-President, Board Member, and member of the Advisory Council of Frisco Arts, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Linda was honored as one of the Top 10 Women of Collin County for her work to further the arts in this region.
Linda holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University.
With over 20 years in learning and development, Amy Hardin has extensive experience in developing corporate talent. Her career began with AT&T, managing teams in Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Corporate Universities. She currently owns SmallByte Workshops serving as a transformative training and development consultant working with corporations to build their best teams.
Amy holds degrees in Mathematics from Oklahoma University and a MBA in Human Resources from the University of Dallas. In 2011 she earned the Association for Talent Development (ATD's) Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. Her community service includes the Frisco Family Services Board of Directors, Past-President Frisco Association for the Arts, Dallas HR Board of Trustees, Dallas ATD Leadership Board, and Chair of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Committee.
Amy has a passion for the arts. Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, music, arts and theater were never far away. She comes from a family of professional artists and musicians and values their contributions to the arts. Amy believes that without the arts, education is lacking, something she does not want to see in the city she and her husband, Andy, call home.
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.