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.
Stephanie works closely with MAST, and is the bookkeeper for 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.
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.