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2023-24 Visit McKinney Board Information

Board Meetings

Board meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 8 a.m. Special meetings are held as needed for strategic planning and other Visit McKinney business needs. The location of each meeting is denoted on the posted meeting agenda.


Agendas & Minutes 

Agendas are available prior to the meetings and meeting minutes are available following approval at Visit McKinney Board meetings. Anyone interested may view all City of McKinney Boards and Commissions agendas and minutes HERE.


2023-24 Visit McKinney Board Members

Visit McKinney is served by a seven-member Board of Directors who are appointed by the McKinney City Council and who serve staggered terms of two years; board members may serve up to three terms.  Following are the Visit McKinney board members for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

Katie Scott

Katie Scott Board Chair

Katie Scott is the owner of two shops in Downtown McKinney - the Groovy Coop, a vintage boutique that opened in 2015, and Red Zeppelin Records that opened in mid-2020 and frequently features live performances by local musicians, too. In early 2021, the record store expanded to include a record label that focuses on up-and-coming McKinney musical artists. In fall of 2021, Red Zeppelin began doubling its space to make room for an actual performance venue and bar. This expansion was completed in early 2022.

Whitney Nash

Whitney Nash Board Vice Chair

Whitney has three businesses located in McKinney. She owns and operates two companies herself - Nashional Self-Directed which is a Self-Directed Solo 401(k) plan provider and educational consultant, and Above & Below 1031 which provides qualified intermediary services for 1031 exchanges. Whitney also co-owns Nashional Financial with her husband, Jeff, which provides comprehensive financial, tax, and protection planning services. Whitney currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteer McKinney as the President-Elect, and previously on the McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board. She is very active in the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, is a 2021 graduate of Leadership McKinney, and volunteers frequently for several organizations. Whitney lives in McKinney with Jeff, their young son, and two shelter rescue dogs.

Janie Pena

Janie Peña Board Secretary-Treasurer

Janie Pena has had extensive administrative professional experience in the areas of education, external affairs, transportation, government relations and customer service. Although retired she continues to serve on several boards including the Seed Project Foundation Board in McKinney and the Baylor Scott and White University Medical Center Board in Dallas. Previous board service includes Frontiers of Flight Museum; Mi Escuelita; Brother Bill’s Helping Hand; and several chambers including the Metrocrest Chamber Board. Janie received her Ed.M. degree from Harvard and a B.S. in education from Texas Christian University.

Emily McClure

Emily McClure Board Member

Emily McClure is the owner of two companies, EM Corporate, established in 2017, a photography brand specializing in headshots, and Emily Megan Photography, established in 2007, featuring family and senior work. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and a former collegiate athlete. Emily lives in McKinney with Kevin, her husband of 23 years, and four children, ranging in age from 13-19. They have lived in McKinney for 10 years and enjoy the authentic people, fabulous downtown, and multiple beautiful parks.

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire Board Member

Patrick McGuire has over 20 years of experience in travel, tourism, and hospitality marketing for companies such as Continental/United Airlines, IHG, Hilton, Apple Leisure Group, and Hyatt. He is a graduate of The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and The Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Patrick enjoys traveling (having visited all 50 US states), photography, and building furniture.

Keith Gall - Board member

Keith Gall Board Member

Keith Gall spent much of his life in North Texas and is a proud McKinney resident since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, receiving his B.S. in Economics, and is pursuing his Master's in Public Policy. Keith has previously served on the Building and Standards Commission for the City of McKinney. He has been married to his wife, Leigh, for nine years, and they have two children.

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Efrem Windom Board Member

Efrem Windom was born in Dallas, Texas, and is the oldest of five siblings. An ordained minister, life coach, and relationship therapist, Efrem is the founder and senior pastor at Freedom City Church. Efrem Windom is also the founder of Liberty Thinking Center. He offers Life-Coaching, motivational speaking for corporate America employers, and counseling services for dating, pre-marital, marriage, workplace, and family. The published author of four books that can be purchased nationwide, Efrem and his wife Alicia are both realtors in Texas, and Missouri. Efrem also owns Trade Finder & Construction Services, a company that dispatches the trades that people need for repair and remodeling projects. Efrem and Alicia have seven children, plus grandchildren, and they live in McKinney, Texas.

Brian Medina - suit and tie

Brian Medina Board Alternate

Brian Medina is currently VP of Talent Acquisition and Strategy at Self Opportunity Inc., providing recruitment advertising, employment branding, and staffing, for the restaurant industry. He is on the board of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association and serves on the state and foundation boards for the association. Brian recently completed a six-year tenure on the Heritage Guild of Collin County board, also known as Chestnut Square. A member of the 2024 Leadership McKinney class, Brian has lived in McKinney with his wife Erin since 2015, and they cherish the vibrant community of friends they've cultivated in the historic district.