Lina Rincón, President
Born in Colombia, Lina Rincon-Hoover moved to the US in 1999. She and her family have been Frisco residents since 2012. Holding a B.A. in Art from Universidad Autonoma del Caribe and certification in Art Instruction from Fundacion Universitaria Bellas Artes, both in Colombia. She also holds a certification in Digital Photography from the University of South Florida. In addition to her art education, she holds a Directors license with the Texas DFPS and a CDA from the Council for Professional Recognition. Lina is currently a full time artist and art teacher. She is extremely passionate about the arts and works hard at making Frisco a true destination for the arts through her involvement with VAGF.
Didi AlKassih, Vicepresident
Didi is a self-taught artist living in Frisco, TX since 2003. She studied Business Administration & Economics in Amman, Jordan where she was born and raised. She has extensive experience in both the hotel industry and advertising. Her experience includes working for international hotel chains like Marriott, where she worked at their Worldwide Reservations Center in Amman. She was also part of the pre-opening & establishment phase of two Mövenpick resorts, a Swiss hotel chain in Jordan, where she held the positions of Guest Relations and Public Relations Manager. She then went into advertising working as an Account Executive for Saatchi & Saatchi. Being compassionate about the arts and a proud Frisco citizen, Didi is committed to helping build the local arts scene through her work with the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, and personally as an artist.
Lucy Tolkunova, Director of Finance
Originally from Russia, Lucy Tolkunova moved to the US in 2003. She and her family have been Frisco residents since 2007. Holding two master degrees, M.S. in Accounting from UTD and M.S. in Management and Administrative Sciences from a university in Russia, Lucy has almost 10 years of experience in Internal Audit and Compliance. Being an artist herself Lucy is passionate about art and is happy to serve the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco. During her tenure as President of VAGF, she has overseen the tremendous growth of the organization in both Frisco and the DFW area.
Teresa Griffin Krieger, Director of Community Outreach
Teresa Krieger is originally from Georgia. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs with small businesses in real-estate, and floristry. Teresa attended North Ga. Technical School for Laboratory Science and then later the Medical College of Georgia for a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. While studying for Occupational therapy she was taught many types of art such as textile weaving, wood-working, ceramics, basket weaving, and painting.
Teresa has worked in the Medical Industry for over 30 years as an OT and has worked for several non-profits such as Easter Seals and Baylor Healthcare System.
Teresa brings her knowledge of human dynamics and team building as well as a love of art to the VAGF and works as the Volunteers Director.
Teresa is now a full-time artist and owner of Teresa Krieger fine art.
Ron Hoover, Director of Governance and Strategic Planning
Ron was born in Virginia and moved to Frisco with his family in 2012. After a brief stint playing professional hockey, he attended college and earned Bachelor degrees in both Business Administration (B.S.) and Business Analysis and Management (B.S.). He then went on to obtain a MBA from Temple University. He has over 30 years of management experience at various levels in multiple industries including several years of successful non-profit leadership. He specializes in Business and Strategic planning as well as policy and procedure development. He also has expertise in Social Enterprise development and management for Non-Profits. In addition to his current role with VAGF, Ron is a former Board Member of the Blue Ridge Institute for Community Service Executives as well as a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance in both Florida and Texas.
Leticia Herrera, Director of Communications & Events
Leticia Herrera is a visual artist from Mexico residing in Frisco, Texas. Herrera introduction to the art world began early in her life inspired by her Uncle, famous Spanish painter Jose Morales.
She moved to the US to pursue her formal art education at LSU, earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts Graphic Design in 1992. After her degree, she returned to her country and started working as a Creative Director.
In 1996 she decides to paint full time and abandons her career as a Creative Director and designer and pursues her art.
At the moment Herrera is a full-time visual artist and is very involved with the arts community in Frisco Texas. She has found a new source of inspiration in helping artists through the visual arts guild of Frisco.