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Good evening to you!

I hope you were awake in time to watch my segment on Good Morning Texas. If you slept in or forgot to record it, you can watch me introduce The Art of Living Beautifully by visiting the WFAA website.

Today I bring you a wonderful announcement: the nominees for McKinney’s 10 Most Beautiful Women! When Sharla offered to throw The Art of Living Beautifully launch party at her store, we came up with the idea to honor the women in McKinney who not only display grace and style, but also bring so much to our community through their vision, servitude and expertise. Sharla polled her 6,000 person customer base and nominations for McKinney women with these special attributes flew in. Thank you to all who participated!

The following ladies had the most nominations of anyone, and I am so proud to have them connected to The Art of Living Beautifully.

Dr. Tracey Banks


Dr. Jennifer Buchanan

  • McKinney resident since 1996
  • founder Dr. Buchanan Orthodontics
  • founder Smiles Charity
  • member of McKinney Rotary Club and McKinney Ladies Association
  • former Board Member of McKinney Education Foundation and McKinney Chamber of Commerce


Jill Hartsell

  • McKinney resident since 2001
  • International Double Gold Award Recipient through Keller Williams
  • Top Producer at Keller Williams, McKinney as an individual agent
  • Malvern Elementary Support Partnership
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Leadership Council Member


  • McKinney resident since birth, 1959
  • Partner, Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Homes
  • President Frog Club at Texas Christian University


  • McKinney resident since 1990
  • D Magazine Best of Realtor 
  • Samaritan Inn Angel Award
  • Top 25 Women in Business

Dr. Raquel Rivera, poet


  • published author: Troubling Accents (Xavier Review Press 2013) and Heathen (Wayne State University Press 2015)
  • Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award
  • Poetry Book of the Year by Texas Association of Authors

Landon Schneider

Lynn Sperry


  • Director of Texas Associations of School Boards, 12 years
  • Carey Cox Award and Kim Hoffman Volunteer of the Year Award, recipient
  • Founding and current Board Member emeritus of McKinney Education Foundation; Board Member, McKinney Baylor Scott and White Hospital; Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, Board Member; Founding Member and MISD liaison to Serenity High Advisory Board.



Barbara Tomes

  • McKinney resident since 1983
  • Bob Tomes Ford, Vice President
  • McKinney Community Concert Association
  • Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, former Board Member
  • Heard-Craig Center, former President
  • American Red Cross
  • City of McKinney’s 150th birthday task force



Ruth Thompson


  • Founder, Hugs Cafe
  • Member of Executive Council of Hugs Cafe
  • Former cooking teacher of adults with special needs at Market Street in McKinney
  • Worked with adults with special needs in Parker, Colorado
Stay tuned for full bios and gorgeous headshots by Corrie Barto Photography of these incredible women. To see the my segment on Good Morning Texas this morning click the link below.


Lauren Palmer on Good Morning Texas



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