• Co-owner, Downey Publishing
    • Operating in Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma
  • Co-owner, Texas Ice Cream


  • Founder Downey Art for Education
    • We have awarded over $1,000,000 to rural schools in Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma
  • Past Board Chair, Recovery Resource Council of Tarrant County 2009-2014
    • Our mission is “to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and its stigma by providing: guidance, education & services to children, adults & families.”
  • Frost Bank Advisory Board
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Association of Directory Publishers 2013-2018


  • Southlake Mayor 2015-2021 (First Female) and City Council Member 2004-2011, re-elected 2013-2015
  • Founder of S.P.A.R.K.; Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids
  • Founder of S.K.I.L.; Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership 2015
    • A partnership with the school district, Chamber, City and Local businesses to give High School Juniors an opportunity to learn about leadership
  • Cofounder of S.A.S.O.; Scholars and Athletes Serving Others
    • A philanthropic 501c3 which gives mothers and their sons the opportunity to do meaningful community service together
  • Former Executive Board, Board of Directors Southlake Chamber of Commerce
  • CISD Class Graduate
  • Citizens Academy Graduate
  • Patron Level Supporter, Texas Federation of Republican Women


  • Carroll ISD Shankman Award for service to children
  • Metroport Meals on Wheels L.I.N.K. Award
    • Leadership, Inspiration, Nurturing & Kindness
  • Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award 2018
  • Girl Scout of Texas Women of Distinction Award


  • Married to Joe McSweeny
  • Mother of Three Children
    • Maggie, Attorney, Texas A&M Graduate
    • Preston, Loyola University New Orleans
    • Trent, University of North Texas, Golfer


  • Catholic, Attend Cistercian

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