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.
Joni Klarin, Vice President
A Texas resident since 1993, Joni Klarin has called Frisco home beginning in 2000. As the proud mom of three sons, staying active in the community and volunteering with both Plano ISD and Frisco ISD was always a priority. Supporting Frisco Family Services first as a donor then a volunteer, Joni has been a passionate member of the staff for the past eight years where she is currently the Director of Strategy. She brings both business and non-profit experience to the table and is excited to serve Frisco Arts as Chair of Community Outreach.
Ken Looney, Director of Finance, Chair of Partners
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.
Patricia Gregory, Secretary
Patricia Gregory is currently the Development Officer and Alumni Program Director for Collin College. With more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit development field, Patricia has served on the development staffs of several Dallas-area nonprofits including Dallas Theater Center, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she was born and raised. As a passionate supporter of the arts, she spent time throughout college performing with a professional theater troupe. She and her husband have lived in Frisco for nine years and have two daughters in Frisco ISD.
Jennifer Wade, Chair of Operations
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.
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.