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Tami Hutchins, Stephanie Talley, Christina Burress, and Alexis Jacobs

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Ladies Of McKinney And Prosper

Meet Some Of The Local, Leading Ladies

Mendy Bristol

Mendy is the wife of Prosper Mayor David Bristol. She's also a business owner. Mendy and David have been married since 1989 and are actively involved with numerous local community organizations while supporting various local charities. She and David moved to Prosper for its small-town feel 21 years ago, they share, after living in England for the first six years of their marriage. While Prosper has grown in size, Mendy loves that it still maintains that small-town feel. She's the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three little girls. Mendy says she draws her personal inspiration from other women of faith and her grown children. She encourages future female leaders to stay true to their beliefs, morals, standards and faith.

Maylee Thomas-Fuller

Maylee is the wife of McKinney Mayor George Fuller. She's the lead singer in the Maylee Thomas Band and a co-founder of the Love Life Foundation, a 501(c) (3) helping at-risk women and children. Maylee also owns the Guitar Sanctuary, Sanctuary Music and Events Center, and the Love Life store. Her voice resonates on stage, on her weekly talk show at Texas Homegrown Music, as a business owner and First Lady of McKinney. She's the mother of four children. Maylee says she believes the most important part of her life is relationships and that she's developed many lifelong friendships through the foundation and her other work. She encourages future female leaders to stay authentic to themselves and not be conformed to an image into which others may want them to fit. 

Jodie Brownd

Jodie is a writer and content creator for Justin Brands. She says she enjoys reading, writing and traveling. She loves meeting new people and finds their stories inspiring. She is the sixth great-granddaughter of Davy Crockett and is very passionate about Texas and preserving what makes it great. Jodie adds that she loves the giving and resourceful nature of the community, and has been forever impacted by the close friendships she has cultivated. She encourages future female leaders to never let anyone tell them what is possible or impossible and to never give up, as the tide always turns. 

Christina Burress

Christina is the owner and lead interior designer at Burress Design Group. Born and raised in Texas, Christina graduated from Baylor University, holds a master's degree in business, and went on to study Interior Design. Christina loves to stay busy and thrives in a fast-paced environment. She says she enjoys playing tennis and is in a league with other McKinney female leaders. Christina draws inspiration and encouragement from her female leader friends, who "inspire her daily to be the best she can be." She loves the McKinney community’s supportive, warm nature. She encourages future female leaders to never wait. "One cannot succeed if you do not try."

Jane Clark

Jane, of the Jane Clark Realty Group, LLC, is proud to carry the title of Keller Williams’ No. 1 Team in the North Texas Region. Jane grew up in Florida and has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark where her family currently resides. She has been a Collin County resident for more than 20 years and loves McKinney’s wonderful family atmosphere. She enjoys boating and staying on the boat at Lake Texoma. Jane says she has found great business and personal inspiration through a business and personal coach and her friends. She encourages future female leaders to get involved in neighborhood events and join other ladies’ groups. 

Tami Hutchins

Tami is the associate director at Community Food Pantry of McKinney. She has a passion for serving and being a gift to others. She believes serving others blesses her as much as those being served. Tami is married to Tim, president of Hutchins BBQ, and has three adult children. She says she draws personal inspiration from the Bible and others who possess qualities she also wishes to possess. Tami loves the sense of pride found in McKinney, which makes the community thrive. She encourages future female leaders to work together to accomplish goals. 

Alexis Jacobs

Alexis is a staff writer for McKinney and Prosper Lifestyle magazine, and a marketing and sales associate at Edwards Floral Design in McKinney. She moved to Prosper 10 years ago, after living five years overseas in Japan. She says she loves meeting new people and learning about other cultures. She enjoys traveling, reading, boating and watching sports. Alexis adds that she's inspired by her faith and her family. She encourages future female leaders to not be afraid to try new things. "It is never too late to do something new."

Natalie Kime

Natalie is a financial professional and a marketing director/agent for WealthWave. She shares that she has a passion for supporting and working with women to help them build confidence and freedom through financial education and their financial plans. Natalie loves the connection that the McKinney community provides to herself and other female professionals and business owners. She draws personal inspiration through her faith, podcasts, books and other females within her community. Natalie encourages future female leaders to be authentic and show up and work from their true selves and be willing to be vulnerable. "This will draw YOUR people to YOU."

Rachel Ralston

Rachel Ralston has been the practice administrator at the Dermatology Center of McKinney since it opened in 2008. She lives in McKinney with her husband, Dr. James Ralston, and their three children. Rachel loves how almost everyone in the McKinney community puts God and family first. Her passions are helping people discover their family history and supporting groups focused on child development. She says she is inspired by others in the medical community. Rachel encourages future female leaders to understand that there will always be opposition, but "if you surround yourself with people who love you and believe in what you do, you will be able to move mountains."

Stephanie Talley

Stephanie is the owner and director at Academics Plus. She believes in making a difference in the lives of her students. She came to McKinney by way of Utah and northern California. Stephanie likes the diverse businesses and nonprofit organizations that McKinney has to offer. She says she enjoys reading fun books, playing games and spending time with her children. She is inspired by her family, therapist, the McKinney Rotary and her friends. Stephanie encourages future female leaders to be confident in themselves. "Remember you are amazing and can do hard things." 

Lucy Underwood, PhD

Dr. Underwood is the owner and CEO of Underwood Counseling and Consultation PLLC. An avid Auburn Tiger from Alabama, Dr. Underwood moved to Texas in 2010, with her husband, Neil. She enjoys gardening, cooking, exercise, photography and travel. She says she enjoys the variety of opportunities to connect with others found in the McKinney community, and how it has maintained being close-knit, despite its growth. She is grateful for the organizations within the community that promote women and set positive examples. Dr. Underwood is inspired by the leaders in her field who have challenged mental health stereotypes and have fought to make mental health matter. She encourages future female leaders to find healthy, positive and strong female mentors. 

Jennifer Wischnewsky

Jennifer is the owner of three CBD Plus Gold stores. She says she cares about the people she's helping and sees her business as the fulfillment of a passion and dream to help people feel better. Jennifer is married, the mother of three beautiful children, and a proud fur mom of two West Highland Terriers. She loves the family life the local community offers. She says she draws her personal inspiration through Christ and music. Jennifer encourages future female leaders to learn to adjust and come up with new ideas. "Most importantly never give up and always push forward."

McKinney&Prosper City Lifestyle Publisher Sharon Duffy enjoyed hosting local female community leaders to a luncheon highlighting camaraderie and service; one embodying wise words of Dolly Parton: “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you're an excellent leader.”

  • Maylee Thomas-Fuller
  • Mendy Bristol
  • Jennifer Wischnewsky, Jane Clark, and Rachel Ralston
  • Tami Hutchins, Stephanie Talley, Christina Burress, and Alexis Jacobs
  • Jodie Brownd, Natalie Kime, and Lucy Underwood, PhD