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. Linda is a Liaison to MAST.
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!
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.
Kevin earned his BA in Applied Art from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1973. Kevin began his professional career as an illustrator and production artist in ad agencies throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. He worked on national accounts such as World Vision, World Concern and U.S. Home. Reinventing his skill sets were necessary as commercial art production shifted from conventional to digital. Forty years of meeting deadlines, adhering to graphic standards and endless creative expectations came to a close in 2014. Long awaited retirement brought about the opportunity to revisit and reignite his interest in creating abstract art.
Recently, he received a commission to paint ten original works to be on display in the Pittman Hotel in south Dallas. He was the artist in residence at Serendipity Labs, Hall Park in Frisco Texas. Prior to that his work was displayed at Frisco Fine Art Gallery, the Gallery 8680 in Frisco, LAST Art Gallery in McKinney and the TVAA Gallery in the Arts District downtown Dallas. He currently has his artwork on display at The Cove in McKinney, TX. Kevin serves as Liaison to The Cove Committee.
Kate is a singer, and has worked with the Arts and Music Guild in several capacities, including Music Coordinator for Music in Motion events, for several years. She serves as Liaison to the Summer Music Intensives Program.
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.
Robin Maria Pedrero is an award-winning artist with work in museum permanent collections in Florida and Greece. Her artwork is in public and corporate collections. Pedrero’s artwork is published and in film. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Pedrero was awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterbys’ Art Auction Gallery, listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame, her work won an international wine label contest and was featured on a limited-edition Artiste Wine label in California. Her first solo museum exhibition was at the Lake County Museum of Art, Florida. Pedrero’s artwork is selected by Tamara Day for HGTV’s Bargain Mansions. Artwork by Robin Maria Pedrero has been collected around the world in several countries Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Bahrain, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and across the USA. Pedrero creates from her studio in Frisco Texas. Robin serves as Liaison to 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 serves as Liaison for the 1-2-1 Program and MAST.
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.