Read more about our 2017 Chapter Advisory Board and Neighborhood Group Leaders:
Sheryl Belson – President
Sheryl found ASG when she re-entered the world of sewing – sewing more than simple unstructured garments that is- in August 2012. After a 15+ year break in any serious attempts in garment construction she realized most of her skills had too much rust on them to be very effective. In her search for help she found the annual ASG conference which then led her to the local chapter.
Sheryl has found the members and group meetings to be an incredible source of encouragement, information and ideas. After 4 years as Special Events chair, she looks forward to contributing to the organization in her new role as President.
Mary Jo Forbes – 1st VP – Neighborhood Group Leader
Designing Divas NG Leader. Mary Jo has been a member of the Plano Chapter of ASG for just a year, but has loved the art of sewing since she was a pre-teen.
Clothing design and construction was her major at TWU and she worked in the biz – designing children’s clothes until she had children of her own.
Over the years Mary Jo has had the pleasure of teaching many young friends and relatives to sew. These days she devotes most of her ‘sewing time’ to drafting patterns and building garments for herself and her granddaughter, Holly Frances – who is now 3. Mary Jo also enjoys making hand bags and home dec. items.
Marie Barrese – 2nd Vice-President / Special Events Chair
Marie has been sewing forever! She started making doll clothes on her grandmother’s Singer treadle machine and has rarely stopped since. She’s belonged to three different ASG groups, Chicago twice, Boston Area and now Plano ASG. Retired now with two grandchildren, there still isn’t enough time to sew all she wants to.
Ginny Stein – Membership
Ginny hails from NJ/PA but attended college at UT, El Paso. In 1988, after living in Tulsa for 18 years she moved to the DFW area and built a home in Murphy,TX in 2001. She is an interior designer and a graphic designer. Her grandmother, Mom and friends taught her to sew and hand embroider as early as 8 years old.
Upon early retirement, and the upgrade of sewing/embroidery machines she starting attending local classes and joined ASG in May of 2012. She loves to sew and embroider clothes, decorative items and finding new techniques and unusual projects. She also loves to machine cross stitch.
As new membership chair, she hopes to help the Plano chapter add new members who love to sew or want to learn to sew. As NG leader for the Hoopla Sisters she has made many new friends and enjoys learning all the new aspects of sewing and machine embroidery.
Jane Dempsey – Secretary
Jane Dempsey began sewing in the Beacon Booster’s 4-H club in Garden City, Kansas when she was 10. By the time she was a junior in High School, Jane was the secretary of the Beacon Boosters. Then sewing went dormant for the years of raising 2 boys, working full time and playing bridge and tennis.
When retirement came – it was the perfect time to start sewing again. The old machine for 1975 was good enough – oh, no, now they have embroidery machines with computers! Oops, a new machine was necessary . . . And then Jane won the ASG “Anyone Can Win” sewing contest and the prize was an Elna embroidery machine.
Jane loves machine embroidery, making personalized items, assisting at TAG and Community sewing. ASG offers so many opportunities to learn new techniques. ASG feels like old times in 4-H with sewing and exercising those secretarial skills!
Roxanne Crowley– Treasurer
Carol Boyd – Community Service
Community Service Coordinator and Luv2Sew Neighborhood Group leader.
Carol grew up in Dallas in a family of sewists, watching and learning as they sewed, crocheted, cross-stitiched and did hand embroidery.
She joined ASG, when she retired after thirty years helping others as a registered nurse. Now she is able to continue to learn new skills and techniques while still help others.
Carolee Blumin – Newsletter
Carolee is a new sewist. She grew up in Ohio where the 4-H club taught bean bags and potholders. Now retired and an empty nester, she needed a new hobby and spotted her 15 year old Pfaff that has mostly been used to shortened pants for many family members. After trying it on her own for a time, making t-shirts and skirts for her young granddaughters, decided that the best way to learn good habits and techniques was to take some classes. That sparked a new passion and is now sewing clothes for herself with the help of the ASG Plano ladies.
Maggie Tinnin – Retail Liaison
Neighborhood Group Leader for all of the quilting and Electric Quilt neighborhood groups.
Cathey Jordan – Serger and Sew Special Neighborhood Group Leader
Pam Walker – Material Girls Neighborhood Group Leader
Penny Hanstein – Beader’s Workshop Neighborhood Group Leader
Mary Anderson – Best Dressed Monday’s Neighborhood Group Leader
My first real sewing experience was when I was 8. I graduated from Michigan State with a BS in Clothing and Textiles and my first professional job was a buyer of fabric and needlework for a Department Store.
I joined ASG in 2008, wanting to have relationships with other sewists. My major sewing interests are creating challenging garments – the more pattern pieces the better. Since garment construction is my main area of interest, I have volunteered to be the leader of the Evening Garment group (new name: Best Dressed Mondays).
I retired in August 2012 and now have time to attend ASG NG that meet during the day, and attending sewing conferences and expo’s around the US, along with my daily sewing.
Pam Walker – Material Girls Neighborhood Group Leader
Susan Clot de Brossia – Co-Leader for TAG
Marcia Moore – Co-Leader for TAG
Markita Gumble – Chief Information Officer and NG leader
Markita lives in McKinney and also the Tiny TAG (6 & 7 year olds) and Hats and Handbag Neighborhood Group leader. She has been sewing forever, and was one of the charter members of the DFW ASG group 25 years ago. She is the mom of four young men. She has dabbled in almost every kind of art and craft, and occasionally produces something finished. Markita is known for the number of shoes in her closet, and the giant collection of fabric and patterns that live in almost every room of her house.
Kelli Robertson – Meetup Coordinator