Board

President:  Deborah Staehle

Arachne Weavers Guild
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Deborah has been an active member of the Arachne Weavers Guild since 2008. She joined the guild to learn how to weave. She has served as Program Chair two years, and presently is the Treasurer for the guild. Deborah also participated on the last two Grant Application Committees for her Guild – Weaving Boot Camp, and Sheep 2 Shawl. This past year Deborah was Arachne’s Weaver for the Washington State Fair Sheep2Shawl Competition. Other Fiber Art interests include: Spinning, Rigid Heddle Weaving, 4/8 Shaft Weaving, and knitting. She attended her first ANWG Conference held in Victoria BC 2017, and could not wait until the next one held in Prince George 2019, and is looking forward to 2023.
Responsibility:  The president is the moderator of board meetings and the Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) each year and helps to coordinate the work of the various board members.
Position held until 2023.

Second Vice President: Linda Gettmann

Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild and Portland Handweavers Guild
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Linda is a veteran craftsperson who escaped from her corporate office in the financial services industry to have more time for her favorite hobbies: weaving and knitting. Handwoven magazine contributions since 2012 show some of her favorite projects in rigid heddle weaving and kumihimo, cotton towels, and table runners.  Now a full time weaver, Linda is always on the lookout for new ideas and enjoys experimenting in the realm of fiber arts. Her ANWG board and conference experiences are highlights during the year as she hopes to keep ANWG a vibrant fiber arts organization and help guilds increase their membership. Linda is also co-chair of the 2023 ANWG Conference in Oregon.
Responsibility: To assist the president in any way desired.
Position held until 2023.

Treasurer: Angelique Penaflor

Seattle Guild
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I started knitting with gusto back in Hawaii in 2012, following in the footsteps of my Dutch grandmother who was a prolific knitter, crocheter, and embroiderer. After moving to Washington in 2014, I attended the Spring Fair in 2017 and saw all these women spinning in the Sheep barn. I was entranced! So I bought myself a used Ashford traditional and after watching YouTube videos spun and spun. At the 2019 Spring Fair I finally worked up the nerve to talk to one of the ladies spinning and I joined the Northwest Regional Spinners Association. Joining the fine group of Area 2050 spinners, I learned a great deal about slowing down, changing my tension and spinning more intentional yarn. Last year, while stuck working and playing at home, I decided to give weaving a try on a borrowed rigid heddle loom, and I was hooked! So now, as part of the Seattle Weaver’s Guild, I hope to continue on my fiber arts journey. Eventually, I also want to attend the Master Spinner program at Olds College, and now that I know about the Master Weaver program, perhaps that too! I have 3 growing children (2 young adult boys and a 13-year-old daughter), a loving and supportive husband and two cutie pie dogs. Besides being crafty, I love to bake, read and can’t wait for my vegetable gardening every year.
Responsibility:  To deposit and disburse ANWG funds, provide financial reports to the board, develop an annual budget and work with a team for periodic audits.
Position held until 2023.

Secretary:  Melanie Smith

Handweavers Guild of Boise Valley
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Melanie has enjoyed fiber arts for over 28 years which has led her to explore all areas of fiber arts: knitting, spinning, and weaving. She has taught all forms of crochet, tatting, knitting, spinning, weaving and needle felting classes in the Idaho area. She has test knit for several yarn companies and worked as a head knit designer for an internet craft web site. Melanie has recently published several articles in Spin Off, Piecework, Ply, and Ashford’s Wheel magazines. In the Hand- weavers Guild of Boise Valley she has held positions as Vice President, Treasurer, several committee chairs and study group leader positions.
Responsibility: To record and publish minutes of the board meetings and Annual Membership Meetings.
Position held until 2022.

Communications Chair/Newsletter Editor: Sylvia Emard

Portland Handweavers Guild
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Sylvia retired from a career in paralegal-type work for electric utility companies and now indulges her passions for all things textile. She has been sewing since childhood and weaving and dyeing for more than 25 years. Recently she has taught rigid heddle weaving classes and dyeing workshops in and around the Portland area, and edits the newsletter for the Portland Handweavers Guild. She also enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and dancing, as well as volunteering on the occasional paleontology project in the Willamette Valley.
Responsibility: Get information to the member guilds through the ANWG Newsletter; help to provide additional information to guilds about ANWG and its activities through special communications. 
Position held until 2022. 

Education Chair: Rebecca Winter

Handweavers Guild of Boise Valley
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Rebecca is a self-proclaimed color & texture person, who has spent a lot of time learning about the structure of weaving. She holds two Master Weaver Certificates of Excellence from HGA, in Color-and-Weave Stars and in Shadow Weave. She taught as a medical instructor at Stevens-Henager College for 6 years, a position from which she retired in 2019. Weaving, teaching when the students appear, spinning cotton, and bookmaking are now the daily occupations. Fiber is ever-present.
Responsibility: Coordinates ANWG challenge grant program and oversees other educational opportunities and support of education in the local guilds.
Position held until 2022. 

2023 Conference Co-Chair: Sue Walsh

Portland Handweavers Guild
Sue Walsh of Portland, Oregon has been weaving for nearly three decades. She is a partner at Ruthie’s Weaving Studio where she teaches weaving. She also teaches weekend workshops in beginning weaving through the Ruth Dabritz Legacy Weaving Project. Sue is a member of the Portland Handweavers Guild and has served on the PHG Board in several positions over the years including two terms as president (1996-7 and 2017-18). She is a member of Complex Weavers and Handweavers Guild of America. She enjoys historical textiles and is a member of several study groups that focus on weaving history. She has several looms ranging from a 16-shaft Louet Megado to a 16-inch rigid heddle. She also spins, knits, dyes, and gardens. She lives with her husband, Tom; dogs, Shorty and Spike; and cat, The Black Pearl.
Responsibility: As a non-voting member her responsibility is to chair the steering committee for the 2023 conference and report progress to the ANWG board.

Web Admin: Dan Steves

Portland Handweavers Guild
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Dan weaves in Portland, Oregon, mostly on one of his three rigid heddle looms, but sometimes on a pin loom, or an inkle loom, or an 8 shaft table loom.  The big 4 shaft floor loom is still folded up while he decides where to put it.
Responsibility:  Manage the ANWG website.
Position held since 2021.

Membership Chair: Linda York

Whidbey Weavers Guild, Peninsula Weavers and Spinners Guild
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I grew up and lived in Northern California until my retirement.  Growing up, my mother taught me to sew, knit, and embroider and my grandmother taught me to crochet and tat.  I learned to weave and spin as a student at Humboldt State University.  When our son was born, I had the opportunity to help start Golden West Saddle Blankets as the weaver.  We produced custom saddle blankets for Western Quarter Horse riders in the show ring.  In addition I taught weaving at the UC Davis Craft Center.  I produced saddle blankets and taught for the next 15 years.  As college costs were looming for our children, I decided I needed to get a “real” job.  I had been a regular library patron consuming books on tape while a production weaver and one day, one of the librarians suggested I apply for a job at the library.  I discovered I loved working in the library and went back to school part time to earn a Library Technician Certificate.  I was an elementary school librarian for 8 years, then moved to the high school as a librarian for another 8 years.  I retired in June, 2015 and we headed North.  I became active in the Whidbey Weavers Guild and the Peninsula Weavers and Spinners Guild.  I enjoy my looms, which include 4- and 8-shaft, pin looms, Inkle looms, tapestry, and rigid heddle; am both a wheel and spindle spinner, and dabble in needle felting a bit.  When not weaving or spinning, I enjoy camping, daily walks in the woods, playing handbells with our church bell choir, and volunteering at our local Marine Science Center.

Responsibility: Collects the annual guild membership dues, keeps the list of Guild Representatives, and Presidents up-to-date, communicates with the individual guild representatives, and reports to the board and the organization on the membership status.
Position held since 2022.