Linda Barnes began her career in the healthcare field as a nurse. She developed a deep interest in technology and how it could help the healthcare industry become more efficient. During her final position in that industry, Linda created and implemented a comprehensive database of patients, allowing for prompt and proactive follow up and care.
Her interest in technology led her to a position with Sprint, where she became an Account Manager and worked with large enterprise customers to bring cost effective telecommunications solutions to the business. She was key in selling the largest account for the Central Texas Region during the first 90 days of her position with Sprint, and remained with that company for over 12 years. She was recruited for a leadership position in Salt Lake City and successfully led that group to a quota attainment of 365%.
While in Salt Lake City, Linda was recruited by Echopass to run their Client Implementation Group, and oversee the procurement of all data services. This engagement allowed Linda to become very familiar with the “buyer” side of the buyer-seller relationship, and led to her next career choice.
In 2002, Linda launched Barnes Consulting Group, a small consulting firm specializing in IT services consulting. Her firm provides problem identification, solution design, vendor selection and implementation, contract negotiation and audit/recovery/optimization of the IT infrastructure. The unique combination of experiences Linda has, as both a seller and a buyer, affords her clients a much better and broader consulting experience.
Linda is also a wildlife and conservation photographer. She serves the McKinney arts community as a supporter/organizer for the McKinney Art Studio Tour. She and her husband/partner Richard live in Prosper with their two furkids, Sasha and JD.
Maureen has served on the Board since 2010. She holds a Doctorate degree from Columbia, and teaches international finance. Thanks to her foresight, the Summer Music Intensives are an integral part of the Guild’s programming. Maureen oversees the Treasury of the Guild.
Sona joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the MAST (McKinney Art Studio Tour) Steering Committee. She is a potter, painter, and owns the Art House in downtown McKinney, which offers artists studio and teaching space. She is one of the founders of MAST.
Neila joined the Board in 2016, and assists with writing and editing copy for the Guild’s marketing and website content. Neila is a writer and an avid patron of art and music.
J. B. Phipps
J. B. joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the MAST Steering Committee. He leads the development of Art in the Market at Chestnut Square, and in a resurgence of artists showing their work on the sidewalks of downtown McKinney during Second Saturdays. J. B. is an artist in turned wood.
Christine Scott has been a watercolor artist for more than 40 years and has been an illustrator and graphic designer for over 30 years. She majored in Fine Arts and Literature at Western Illinois University. Christine has extensive experience as a graphic designer and illustrator for several advertising agencies. She worked as Technical Design Manager and Image Specialist for Current, Inc. a direct mail greeting card company located in Colorado Springs.
In 1995 she escaped from corporate life to open her own gallery, The Woodmoor Gallery in Monument, Colorado. There she represented over twenty-five local artists and produced art exhibitions each month in the Colorado Springs area. For three years Christine chaired the juried Pikes Peak Center Art Exhibition which was held in March and April at The Performing Arts Center in downtown Colorado Springs.
Christine was co-founder and past President of the Board of Directors of Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts center located in an 11,000 square foot historic building in Palmer Lake, Colorado where she chaired and juried art exhibitions each month.
Christine is a published artist and author, and has won numerous awards for her paintings in Colorado and Florida. Christine has devoted the past 12 years to painting watercolor on canvas and has developed a large collection of paintings in this new medium.
Brad joined the Board in 2016. He is a musician, photographer and videographer. Brad is overseeing the development of The Cove, a new Guild program. He lives in Frisco, and serves as Chair of the Frisco Public Art Program.
Marvin serves as Chairman of the Board, and has been a Board member since the very beginning of the Guild. Marvin has served many years with the Lions Club. He has a heart for mentoring teens in his Plano community. He has a business in software solutions for firehouses.