Frisco Arts

Frisco Arts | Board

Frisco Arts Board Members are active in the community and strive to support and promote Frisco Arts, the Frisco Discovery Center, and the local arts groups.

Interested in becoming a board member? Fill out the application HERE and return to the Frisco Arts office at the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX, 75034.

Questions? Email Executive Director:


President: Tammy Meinershagen


Tammy Meinershagen is a champion for the arts in Frisco! She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.M. in Piano Performance and moved to Frisco in 2004 with her husband Todd and 3 girls.  As a local musician and teacher, Tammy enjoys volunteering in many capacities to further arts and culture in Frisco.  She established Classical Open Mic in Frisco, contributed as an arts blogger for the Dallas Morning News Frisco Insiders Network, serves on the Public Art Board, and is the Cultural Diversity Chair for the Frisco Council of PTA.  You can also find her performing locally and on YouTube as Frisco Violin Girl, playing pop, jazz, and even metal on her electric violin!  Tammy’s love of music and passion for the arts is infectious, and she looks forward to helping Frisco become the place to be for the arts!


Board Members:


Wendi McGowan Ellis - Vice-President

As a former digital and mobile strategy management consultant, Wendi McGowan-Ellis has over twenty years’ experience in entrepreneurial environments providing business strategy, customer engagement leadership, and digital/emerging technologies/mobile management.  Wendi is now fulfilling a dream to combine her art with her digital expertise as a commissionable painter, art advisor, digital content strategist, lifestyle editor, culture curator, and arts advocate in Frisco, Texas.



Julie Shipp - Secretary

Julie Shipp received her BFA Degree in Drawing/Painting and BFA in Art History from the University of North Texas in 2000.  In 2005, Shipp completed her Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Painting while directing the UTSA Satellite Space Gallery in the Blue Star Arts District of San Antonio.  Her artwork has been included in such collections as Neiman-Marcus Collection, the UTSA Collection, the AT&T Center (San Antonio Spurs Collection), and the UT Health Science Research Center. Currently, Shipp maintains her art studio and is a Professor of Art at Collin College.



Joni Klarin - Treasurer

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 is excited to be a contributing member of the Frisco Arts Board.




Paul Thompson

Paul holds a B.S. in voice education and a Master's degree in choral conducting. He currently serves on staff at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, as a composer/arranger of music. In December 2014, his Irish gigue arrangement of Amazing Grace for bagpipe, choir, and orchestra, will premiere at the Luciano Pavarotti Opera House in Modena, Italy. He has volunteered with Mckinney Summer Musicals and is fond of his beagle, named "C.K."




Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng is a health care regulatory and corporate attorney in Dallas, Texas with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P, and lives in Frisco with his wife and two children. He played viola and performed in several plays in college, including “Galileo Galilei.” Richard was part of the Leadership Frisco Class 2014-2015 and looks forward to helping expand the arts awareness and opportunities in Frisco.



Jeremy Ridout