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: email@example.com
Tammy Meinershagen is a pianist and violinist originally from Chicago, IL, earning her B.M. in Piano Performance at Northwestern University. Her family moved to Frisco in 2004, and she now teaches private lessons at home as well as at Pioneer Heritage Middle School. Aside from recently joining the Frisco Arts Board, Tammy tirelessly volunteers as President Elect of the Frisco Music Teachers Association, PR/Marketing Chair of the Texas Music Teachers Association, Host of Frisco's monthly Classical Open Mic nights at Cedars Woodfire Grill, North Dallas Events Director with Open Classical DFW, and a member of the 2014-2015 Citizen Bond Committee. You can also find her performing locally and on YouTube as Frisco Violin Girl, playing pop, jazz, and 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!
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 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."
Sheacy Thompson graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington earning a Master of Arts degree in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998, both in Political Science. For over 10 years, she has worked as District Director for State Senator Ken Paxton. Prior to that, she worked as an Associate Professor of Government for Collin College, a Government Affairs Officer for KERA 13 and KERA 90.1, and Staff Assistant for former United States Senator Phil Gramm. Sheacy enjoys photography, travelling, culinary arts and spending time with her husband, Chris and their daughters, Kathryn and Audrey.
Richard Cheng is a health care regulatory and corporate attorney in Dallas, Texas with Anderson Kill, P.C, 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.