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 as an Account Manager (12 years), and then was recruited by Echopass to run their Client Implementation Group, and oversee the procurement of all data services. 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. Linda is also a wildlife and conservation photographer. She and her husband/partner Richard live in Prosper with their two furkids, Sasha and JD. She joined the Guild board in 2016, and led the MAST Committee for 2 years.
Noriko DeWitt is a self-taught colored pencil artist who began her journey in art as a teenager with oil and acrylic. After putting art on hold for much of her adult life, an unexpected commission request for an acrylic painting brought her back to art in 2012. Noriko’s artwork has been recognized both locally and internationally for its attention to detail, realism and creative composition style. Noriko has been actively sharing her knowledge and techniques through art classes, workshops, art publications and online tutorials, encouraging and inspiring fellow artists from around the world. In February 2017, she opened the door to Noriko DeWitt Art Studio in the heart of Historic Downtown McKinney, TX where she continues to teach and promote colored pencil art in the surrounding communities. Noriko is a member of the CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) since 2014 and IGOR (International Guild of Realism) since 2017. She joined the Guild board in 2018, and oversees the Summer Music Intensives program and the Fine Arts Scholarships and Microgrants program.
Stephanie has been a volunteer for the Guild for many years before she finally said “yes” to joining the board! She has served in many capacities, including administrative support of MAST, Guild bookkeeper and Chief Sounding Board to Annie!
Theresa Strange Johnston
As a painter, Theresa is drawn to and inspired by Mexican Folk Art. She understands how every image has a story that reflects the rich history of Latin American culture. She is a member of The Cove and joined the Guild board in 2018. Theresa serves on The Cove Committee and as board liaison to MAST.
Darby joined the Guild board in 2018 and serves as our members liaison, particularly as she leads the Guild’s support of Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition and Exhibition. She is a painter, a member of The Cove, and a dedicated community-builder.
Sandy works an attorney for the Law Office of Natalie Gregg in Allen, where she practices exclusively Family Law. Previously, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and as the Managing Attorney for Mosaic Family Services, helping Texas families and victims of family violence and human trafficking. Sandy earned her Bachelor degree in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000 and her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2003. In her free time, Sandy enjoys reading, teaching art appreciation, supporting local artists, and chasing after adventure. Sandy joined the Board in 2019.
Kanyi was born in Kenya, and spent his early years in Southern Sudan. His parents were missionaries in Sudan, loved the arts and constantly encouraged Kanyi and his siblings to pursue theater, music and painting. Kanyi immigrated to the United States planning to study Bible and Cross-Cultural Missions, but instead found himself studying photography. He found his passion in portraiture. His first solo exhibit at The Cove used self-portraits to communicate his world-view and life experiences. He joined the Guild board in 2018, and serves on The Cove Committee.
J. B. Phipps
J. B. joined the Guild board in 2016. He led 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. J.B oversees the 1-2-1 program of the Guild.
Brad joined the Guild board in 2016. He is a musician, photographer and videographer. He lives in Frisco, and has served as Chair of the Frisco Public Art Program. Brad was instrumental in the launch of The Cove.