Read more about our 2018 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.




 Debby BowlesMembership and Designing Divas NG coordinator


Debby has been sewing since she joined Plano ASG in 2007.  Through ASG she relearned many of the basic skills she learned in high school, plus more, so that she has been able to sew all of her clothes for about ten years.  Yep – has fasted from Ready-to-Wear for some time.   ASG continually challenges her to try new techniques and improve for sewing skills.






Terri BakerSecretary

Terri Baker was born and raised in East Texas.  She began sewing before she began school! She learned to sew doll clothes while her mother made custom draperies. Sewing was fun and her mother was always at hand to guide and instruct.  In high school, as a member of the FHA (future homemakers of America), she sewed clothes which she was required to wear to school.  She won a first place ribbon at the county fair, for a sesquicentennial pillow; both sewn and hand embroidered!
Before the birth of Terri‘s first child, she sewed her maternity  clothes , the “coming home. outfit, as well as all hot air balloon decorations for the nursery..   There weren’t many cute ideas to sew for three  sons!
Sewing took a large backseat when Terri‘s career began, only to make a huge resurgence upon retirement!   Finally, after retiring, she was blessed with a granddaughter to sew for! Each holiday  for the first year of granddaughter Savannah’s’ life was met with a darling couture dress with a heart embroidered somewhere on the garment; her signature heart showing that “her granddaughter has her heart”.
 By mere chance, she happened across the American Sewing Guild and determined the Plano ASG to be the best fit!  The organization has introduced Terri to many wonderful new friends and help with any type of sewing her mind can imagine!
Terri lives in Dallas with her husband Scott.  They have two grand children, Savannah, James and a third grandchild due in February 2018!
Sewing is either learned or a passion!  Terri displays her original hand crank toy Singer sewing machine in her sewing studio.


Sandie GriegoTreasurer

Sandie learned to sew from her mother and from membership in 4-H.  Our farming community had a county and state fair where she would enter her clothing and home dec items for competition.  By the time she entered high school, she made 95% of all her clothes.  Her final project for Home Economics was a scrap quilt. As time progressed, she made P.J.’s for her boys and elaborate Halloween costumes. All of the drapery in her home were made while waiting for the house to be built.  Today she is active in the Electric Quilt group and the Quilting Bees.  She enjoys making special occasion dresses for her new granddaughter.





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.



Maggie Tinnin Retail Liaison

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







Jami RouxNeighborhood Group leader Toujour Couture 



Cathey JordanWere So Special Neighborhood Group Leader

Cathey has  been sewing since she was 10 years old.  Growing up in Dallas she learned to sew from her mother.  As with many creatives, sewing had to take a back seat while  working full time.  But she kept sewing whenever she could.   Now as a retiree, she is enjoying having the freedom and the time to pursue all types of creative needlework.  Besides being an accomplished sewer, she is also enjoys sharing her knowledge.   Her current loves are machine embroidery and quilting.  And she is happiest when she is creating in her sewing room.

 As co-group leader for We’re Sew Special, we try to have new ideas and demos monthly.  The creativity among our members is amazing and we share ideas and help when needed.





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

Marcia is  drawn to any fiber activity. Her interest began at an early age (Thanks Aunt Edythe!) By turns this interest has given me practical skills, confidence built from a sense of mastery and, perhaps most enjoyable, an outlet for her creative drive.
Marcia is the co leader of the  TAG classes, and she hopes to foster these same skills and pleasures for another generation.





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   

Kelli loves sewing and especially using sewing skills in unique ways – from creating 20” tall Nativity dolls for her church Christmas party to sewing giant bugs for the Middle School’s production of James and the Giant Peach Jr. ASG is a great community for learning new skills. Kelli is mother of three busy teens and enjoys being involved in their activities. Kelli also loves teaching kids to sew and sharing her love of creating with kids.






 Ginny Stein  Hoopla Sisters NG Leader

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 NG leader for the Hoopla Sisters she has made many new friends and enjoys learning all the new aspects of sewing and machine embroidery.