Community Connections

Profiles of business and communities leaders in the city of Frisco. We share the stories of some of the most interesting people in Frisco. Will yours be next?

Sal Salimitari

Sal Salimitari has not only made a life for his family in Frisco, but he has made an impact on those he serves through his work in customer service and as head cashier at...

Jay Johnson

More than likely, you have seen Jay Johnson either around town or on television serving as the Official Trainer for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Former Air Force brat and Army Drill Sergeant Johnson is looking...

Bill Boney

Bill Boney, the director of His House, is one whose servant heart is changing lives in Frisco. His House is a home where young men aging out of the foster care system receive training...

Casey McEuin

Casey McEuin is the president and executive director of Project RELO, an organization helping corporate America hire veterans into positions that maximize their impact. Mr. McEuin served in the U.S. Army for 17 years. In...

Ry the Tie Guy

Local James Ryan Leach surprises those around him by beating milestones doctors said he would never reach, sprinkling the world with laughter through his humor and melting hearts with his magnetic smile.

Michael Strand

Michael Strand, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, went through infantry training and was selected to attend Artillery Officer Candidate School after being drafted in 1967. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant Artillery...

Charity Wright

Charity Wright is a member of the Army and Texas Army National Guard. She joined the Army in 2005 to combat terrorism and qualified to be a cryptologic linguist, a member of the U.S....

Marvin Fisher

Marvin Fisher, a member of the U.S. Air Force, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981. During his decorated career, he was sent all over the world. After being sent back to school...

Larry Marshall

Larry Marshall, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, received his draft notice in June 1965 while he was a part-time college student. “I made the decision to join the U.S. Air Force...

Jesse Chavoya

Jesse Chavoya, an assistant principal at Frisco’s Lone Star High School, is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1987, after graduating from Bishop Lynch High School, Mr. Chavoya enlisted in the Marine Corps,...

Richard Polite

Frisco resident Richard Polite has not only found a way to make a career out of doing what he loves, but he also inspires others to do the same. Mr. Polite, a husband and father,...

Christi Redfearn

Frisco STYLE Magazine writer Christi Redfearn and her husband, David Record, are involved in road racing and use it to help prove to local students that science and math do have practical applications …...

Coach Jeff Rayburn

Jeff Rayburn is the Lone Star High School head football coach and campus coordinator. He attributes motivating Lone Star athletes by making practice the best part of their day. Coach Rayburn explains, “Athletics must be...

Coach Chris Burtch

Coach Chris Burtch is the Liberty High School head football coach and campus coordinator. He hopes to impact his athletes both on and off the field through valuable life lessons. “Our athletes are required to...

Coach Kyle Story

Coach Kyle Story is the Independence High School head football coach and campus coordinator. When it comes to coaching in the FISD, he explains, “The camaraderie among the high schools and middle schools is unparalleled...

Coach Marty Secord

Marty Secord, the Wakeland High School head football coach and campus coordinator, believes the roles of coaches in student athletes’ lives are more important than ever before. “We find that, more and more, our kids...

David Kuykendall

The Frisco ISD athletic director, David Kuykendall, or “Coach K,” as he is known around the FISD, has led and served coaches and student athletes for 25 years. During his time as the athletic...

Coach Chad Cole

Chad Cole, the head football coach and campus coordinator at Reedy High School, has served as a coach in the Frisco ISD for 15 years and believes it has the most unique district in...

Vivek Abraham

As a member of Mensa International®, Vivek Abraham, 12, is considered a genius. Vivek and his family moved to North Texas in 2017 and settled in Frisco earlier this year, prior to his appearance on...

John Lettelleir

John Lettelleir, an 18-year Frisco resident, is the director of development services for the City of Frisco, which involves planning, building inspections, code enforcement and health and food safety. The department is responsible for...

Maher Maso

Maher Maso, a Frisco resident since 1992, is currently the CEO of the Prosper Economic Development Corporation. As a previous mayor of Frisco, he still supports and encourages investment in projects across North Texas. Mr....

Allison Miller

Allison Miller is the Frisco ISD director of community relations. She connects with community members to engage them with the district, bring in volunteers and see how people can make a difference for students....

Christine Ortega

Christine Ortega, a Frisco resident since 2004, is the community outreach director at Preston Trail Community Church. She develops partnerships, provides practical steps for families to engage in the community, builds ministry teams and...

Ann Harris

After moving to Frisco in 2000, Ann Harris’ family started the Del and Ann Harris Foundation for Christian Principles, which provides a yearly scholarship through the Frisco Education Foundation to a senior going to...

Tammy Meinershagen

Tammy Meinershagen is the executive director of the Frisco Association for the Arts. She feels her role is to help balance our city with arts and culture, filling in the gaps where they exist...

Donny Churchman

Developer Donny Churchman, president of Nack Development, LLC, is heading up one of Frisco’s most exciting new downtown developments -- The Patio at the Rails and The Tower at the Rails that will soon...

Christina McLain

Christina McLain was selected as the 2017 Science Teachers Association of Texas Teacher of the Year. Ms. McLain attends the state conference put on by the Science Teachers Association of Texas. She is not only...

Staci Newton

Local Staci Newton is the founder and director of the North Texas Angels Pageant. The North Texas Angels Pageant hosts an annual event, at no cost to participants, and acts as a networking and educational...

Gary Carley

Since moving to Frisco in 2006, Gary Carley has served in various capacities for the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the EDC Board and Frisco’s Community Development Corporation Board. Mr. Carley’s latest journey began...

Rick Fletcher

Local Rick Fletcher was named “The Best at Spreading Good News” in the May “Best of Frisco” issue of Frisco STYLE. Mr. Fletcher started the Frisco Talk Facebook page to share timely news about community...

Ron Patterson

In our Best of Frisco feature in the May issue of Frisco STYLE, Ron Patterson was credited with having the “Best New Role with the City.” In March, Mr. Patterson took over as president of...

Joe Yannessa

Frisco’s Joe Yannessa was recently recognized in Frisco STYLE as the “Best at Paying it Forward” for all he does and gives back to his community. Mr. Yannessa has always strived to make his company,...

Zahra Jahanyfard

Local artist and Frisco newcomer Zahra Jahanyfard recently memorialized Pete Hosp in a portrait, which is now on display at the Frisco Heritage Museum. Ms. Jahanyfard was born in Iran, but moved to the U.S....

Jake Garrett-McCann

When Jake Garrett-McCann was 3 years old, he knew he wanted to make a difference. He knew helping people who had no home was his calling. Today, he is making a significant impact on the...

Natalie Mills

Local jewelry designer and South Africa native Natalie Mills relocated to Plano with her family in 2016. She credits a combination of street smarts and good old-fashioned gumption for propelling her to household-name status...

Marc Baker

Marc Baker grew up in rural Ark. All his life, he gardened with both his father and his grandparents, and it is a passion that has followed him into adulthood. He moved to Texas more...

Angela Poen

Angela Poen is the president and executive director of the Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County. In Collin County, 27.3 percent of school-age children are food insecure. Concerned about the hunger in our community,...

Kaitlin Lovern

Kaitlin Lovern is a REALTOR® for Fine Homes and Estates Nathan Grace. She helps people across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex buy, sell, rent and build homes. As a local millennial, Ms. Lovern takes her career...

Jenna Benabe

Jenna Benabe is the Community Outreach Liaison for the Frisco ISD. She brings the community and school district together to benefit students and staff. “I really enjoy helping others! I love seeing results from...

Melanie Nance

Melanie Nance, a local millennial, is a residential realtor for Team Nance Homes with YoursVille Real Estate alongside her brother and business partner. She works for an independent brokerage that focuses on providing the...

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Kyla Prusak

Dr. Kyla Prusak, interviewed in our article “Going Above and Beyond,” earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Teaching...

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