MEET OUR EXPERTS
Mach 1 boasts a veteran team of former press secretaries, government staffers, campaign aides, news producers and journalists. With decades of experience, our team has mastered the art of communications and was recently honored nationally as a 2023 “Team of the Year” by Ragan Communications / PR Daily.
Founder & CEO
In 2013, McLane founded the Mach 1 Group — leveraging decades of experience in communications and crisis management to provide outstanding service to brands and organizations whose issues are on the front pages every day. Today, Mach 1 has assembled a nationally-recognized team recruited out of newsrooms and the halls of government providing a wide range of public relations and public affairs services.
McLane formerly served as Vice President for Communications & External Affairs for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. She is a veteran of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration and a former Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. McLane’s roots are in Texas where she began her career at Public Strategies, Inc.
McLane has built a reputation both locally and nationally as an innovative content creator, insightful and compassionate business owner and steadfast community advocate. She was named to the Top Women in PR, Business Entrepreneurs list by PRNEWS (’23), PR Professional of the Year by Public Relations Society of America (’13), Outstanding Communicator of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin (’22), an Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Finalist, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 18th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (’21), and was also named one of Insight Success’ Most Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs to Watch (’21). McLane is a proud pro-bono PR partner for Keep Austin Fed, member of the Austin Women’s Symphony League, former chair of the Ann Richards School Foundation Board of Directors, and serves on the Austin Business Journal Leadership Trust and Capital Area Council of the BSA, formerly Boy Scouts of America.
McLane is a graduate of Texas A&M University and she and her husband Brett are proud parents to Jack and Ian.
Mary Bell Love
Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Love is a public affairs expert with extensive media relations, political strategy, crisis management and strategic communication expertise. Love manages a wide breadth of clients for Mach 1 – from higher education institutions and non-profits to trade associations – and specializes in oil and gas, water and electric industry communications as director of the firm’s natural resources practice.
Before joining the Mach 1 Group, Love served as Director Public Affairs for the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), where she was nominated for Outstanding Women in Texas Government.
Love’s experience and savvy has received attention locally and nationally – receiving a Bronze Stevie award for Female Executive of the Year (’23), Agency Planner of the Year (’23) from Austin Alliance for Women in Media and a nomination for Austin Business Journal’s Women in Business (’22), which celebrates Central Texas women at the top of their industry.
A 7th generation Texan, Love is passionate about sharing her talents to serve her local community. She is the co-founder and board member of the American Energy Institute and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pink Granite Foundation and Women’s Symphony League of Austin. She’s a former board member of the Austin Alliance for Women in Media and KLRU Community Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the Austin Business Journal Leadership Trust and is an active member of Women Communicators of Austin and the Public Relations Society of America.
Love earned both her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband Jarod.
Chief Financial Officer
Brett Fey is an operations expert with 30 years of experience managing teams big and small. His strengths in financial planning, strategy and resourcing keep Mach 1 thriving.
Senior Vice President
Tyminski is a crisis communication expert and public affairs professional with experience in the public and private sectors. She has over half a decade of experience in and around Texas state government. Prior to joining Mach 1, she led the Texas Workforce Commission’s Crisis Communications response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her quick rise in the public relations world has been recognized nationally, earning her a spot as a PRNEWS Rising Star (’23) and Ragan Communications / PR Daily Rising Star (’23).
Tyminski holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics from Bradley University, where she was a three-time national runner-up in informative and impromptu speaking. She received her master’s degree in communications studies from Texas State University and attended the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson Women’s Campaign School where she currently serves as Marketing Co-Chair of the Alumni Board.
She is an active member of Austin’s Young Women’s Alliance, Emerge America’s Young Leaders Cabinet, Women Communicators of Austin and the Pink Granite Foundation. In 2021, she was appointed to the City of Austin’s Minority-Owned Business, Women-Owned Business, Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee.
MacInerney has an impressive background in federal and state government with advanced crisis and policy communications experience. He started his career in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where he served as legislative staff for Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02). Dylan’s legislative portfolio covered Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade & Finance, including helping organize the response to Hurricane Harvey.
At Mach 1, MacInerney has successfully executed award-winning communications campaigns and lends his policy expertise to help clients reach decision-makers.
He attended Creighton University and holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas.
Claiborne is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in the media communications industry. She has worked in the public and private sector, building expertise in pitching, message development, brand awareness and targeted marketing. She began her career as a television news producer in East Texas and then transitioned to state and local political communications. Before joining Mach 1, Claiborne served as Communications Director for Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, and prior to that role, as Communications Director for former Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair.
Claiborne’s impressive knowledge of city and state government and strong media connections across Texas helps Mach 1 clients target their messaging and achieve their public relations goals. She has led award-winning campaigns and her dedication to her craft was recognized on a global scale at the 20th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business — where Alice won the Gold Prize for Female Employee of the Year (’23).
Claiborne is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, adoring wife to Casey and mom to little boys Carson and Henry.
Glynn is a communications expert with impressive storytelling experience. Prior to joining Mach 1, she served as a Capitol Correspondent for the Nexstar Media Group which encompasses Austin-based KXAN-TV and 13 other news stations across Texas. Tasked with daily reporting on the legislature and executive branch, Glynn has researched, interviewed, and reported on some of the biggest breaking news stories in the state. Glynn was at the forefront of the coverage of the state’s response to COVID-19 and Winter Storm Uri while also landing exclusive interviews ahead of the 2022 primaries on both sides of the aisle.
Transitioning to the public relations industry at Mach 1, Glynn has helped execute award-winning communications campaigns and was recognized as a Finalist for the Austin Alliance for Women in Media Awards, Rookie of the Year (’23).
Glynn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Marquette University.
Chapman is a veteran journalist and talented storyteller with extensive experience steering coverage of breaking news and major events. Before joining The Mach 1 Group, she was executive features editor at the Austin American-Statesman, where she developed relationships with public officials, private entrepreneurs and communication specialists across Texas and the country. One of her skills is remaining calm and focused in a crisis or quickly evolving situation. She brings this and her expert insight into newsrooms and media to Mach 1. With her leadership, her team won multiple storytelling and writing awards from major journalism groups during her tenure. She’s a past president and a member of the board of the Society for Features Journalism, where she continues to build her network of media relationships.
Chapman graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. Previous experience includes The Kansas City Star and the Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, live music and hiking with her rescue dog Dottie.
Payne is an accomplished communications professional with extensive knowledge about the intricate workings of state government. Before joining The Mach 1 Group, she served as Government Relations Manager at the University of St. Thomas, where she expanded and cultivated relationships with elected officials, monitored legislation and communicated with external stakeholders. She also has an impressive background in political consulting, collaborating with teams at every level of government on proactive strategies while providing counsel on complex challenges.
Payne graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Zarate is a dynamic communications professional with over seven years experience, deeply rooted in the Capitol landscape. She joins Mach 1 from the Texas Association of Business (TAB), where she drove meaningful stakeholder engagement, compelling messaging, and successful marketing campaigns for businesses of every size and industry.
Zarate honed her editing skills in the Office of the Texas Governor and previously served as Communications Director for Texas State Senator Jane Nelson. Speaking the language of both business and government relations, Zarate has the unique ability to develop complex messaging that intersects policy, politics, and public relations.
Director of Marketing
Young is a distinguished communications professional with experience in national cable broadcast news, federal and state government, and campaign strategy. She began her career at The Fox News Channel in New York City, where she helped produce hit cable news shows such as ‘Glenn Beck,’ ‘The Five,’ and ‘Hannity.’ While in Washington, D.C., Young worked as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill and later as the Director of TV and Radio for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Prior to moving to Texas, Young was Director of Communications for the North Carolina Speaker of the House, worked in Gov. Pat McCrory’s Administration and helped run a Gubernatorial primary campaign in South Carolina.
At Mach 1, Young’s unique expertise and sharp senses have helped craft and lead award-winning communications campaigns and advise clients on national outreach. Young actively consults on client projects while directing marketing for the firm.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Young now enjoys exploring the world with her husband Brian and three young children — Harrison, Adeline and Amelia.