Plano Chapter Advisory Board (2019 CAB)

Meet our 2019 Chapter Leadership

Louise Schubert

Louise joined ASG years ago as an at large member. It wasn’t until she met some members of the Dallas Chapter at an ASG convention that she started attending local meetings. She served the Dallas chapter as newsletter editor and President, before joining the Plano chapter. She has served as treasurer and on the Special Events committee. She loves all aspects of sewing. She worked as a professional pattern maker for several years. She enjoys playing with machine embroidery, beadwork, and hand stitching. She is actively involved in the annual Make It With Wool contest.

Nisha Williams Smith
1st Vice President

Nisha is an avid sewist and crafter. She started sewing in 2015 after her mom gifted her with a Sewing Machine as a Christmas gift. Nisha came across the Plano Chapter of the American Sewing Guild while looking for sewing classes online. Little did she know her sewing teacher was then ASG President and would expose her to an organization rich with contacts and resources to grow her sewing skills. Shortly after joining ASG Nisha joined the events committee where she still serves today, along with being 1st Vice President. Professionally Nisha is a Program Manager for a technology company, and owns her own small business, John Osborn & Company.

Marie Barrese
2nd VP/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.

Sandie Griego

Sandie learned to sew from her mother and from membership in 4-H.  Her 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.

Terri Baker

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.

Carolee Blumin
Newsletter Editor/Education Chair

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 she is now sewing clothes for herself with the help of the ASG Plano ladies.

Carol Boyd
Community Service Chair

Carol grew up in Dallas in a family of sewists, watching and learning as they sewed, crocheted, cross-stitched 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 helping others.

Debby Bowles
Membership Co-Chair

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.

Linda Davis
Membership Co-Chair

Amber Brown McFadden
Publicity Chair/Website Co-Chair

Amber loves making keepsakes and gifts for celebrations, but she has always been inspired by Project Runway to sew clothing. Finding it quite the challenge, Amber found Plano ASG on her journey to find more resources for garment sewing. While attending Project Sew, she met the chapter President who was sewing a crisp button down shirt. She joined in 2018 and started volunteering and attending workshops to meet more members and learn more about the art of sewing. As the first publicity chair in two years, Amber plans to use her years of experience with digital artwork and social marketing to promote the vibrant Plano ASG members and events.

Maggie Tinnin
Retail Liaison

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

Sheryl Belson
Instagram and Facebook Manager

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, and 2 years as President, she looks forward to contributing in her social media role with the Plano chapter and her participation on the board of directors at the national level.

Cathy Eller
Donations Manager

Pam Walker
Storage Unit Team

Mary Anderson
Storage Unit Team

Jane Dempsey
Storage Unit Team

Kelli Robertson
Website Manager

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 two days a week and sharing her love of creating with kids.