Meghan Gomen, Executive Director

Meghan Gomen, Executive Director, received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from James Madison University. Ms. Gomen is a harpist who has performed in many venues with a variety of ensembles. She was an orchestra director in Texas public schools for 11 years before joining Texas Winds.

Jane Escueta, Program Director – Dallas + Collin Counties

Ms. Escueta received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Indiana University. She performs with the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and Texas Winds. Ms. Escueta has served as Program Director of Dallas and Collin counties since 2017.

Kaleena Lay, Program Director – Tarrant + Denton Counties

Kaleena Lay joined the Texas Winds staff in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Lay taught private flute lessons and elementary music in Texas public schools for 10 years.

Diane Mickelson, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Mickelson graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Psychology. She served as a Supervisor of Senior Adult Services for the City of Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department for 22 years. Prior to joining the Texas Winds staff in 2014, Ms. Mickelson served on the Board of Directors for nine years.

Catherine Barr, Executive Director Emeritus

Catherine Barr founded Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Inc. in 1985. Ms. Barr graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education. She resides in Dallas, Texas and has performed with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies and the Dallas Opera Orchestra. While she has retired from Texas Winds, she is often found in the audience at concerts and continues to share her wisdom and expertise with the organization.