Read more about our 2017 Chapter Advisory Board and Neighborhood Group Leaders:


Sheryl BelsonPresident

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 Forbes1st VP – Neighborhood Group Leader

She joined  Plano ASG in 2011 and served on the Special Events Committee for 3 years prior to becoming 1st VP (keeper of the calendars) in 2016.
Her love of sewing has been a lifetime affair. A degree in Costume Design and Construction from Texas Woman’s University prepared her to work as a children’s clothing designer for several years before she had children of her own. Today she is happiest sewing for herself and her granddaughter as well as teaching young teens the basics and helping her ASG friends with their own fitting challenges.  Jacket pattern drafting is her specialty.


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_ASGGinny SteinMembership

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 CrowleyTreasurer






Carol BoydCommunity 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.



pic 8Maggie Tinnin Retail Liaison

Neighborhood Group Leader for all of the quilting and Electric Quilt neighborhood groups.




Jami RouxNeighborhood Group leader Toujour Couture and Saturday Techniques

Cathey JordanSerger and Sew Special Neighborhood Group Leader

Pam Walker – Material Girls Neighborhood Group Leader






Penny Hanstein –  Beader’s Workshop Neighborhood Group Leader







Susan Clot de BrossiaCo-Leader for TAG






Marcia MooreCo-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