Plano Chapter Advisory Board (2022 CAB)

Meet our 2022 Elected Leadership

Marie Barrese

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.

Mary Jo Forbes
Vice President

Mary Jo is a garment sewer with a love of pattern-making. She joined ASG for the healthy discount that Fabrique offered members. Since that day she has made lots of great friends, like-minded, talented sewing buddies she would have never met without ASG, worth far more than 20% off her fabric-buying addiction.

Ginger White

At a young age, Ginger had a desire to sew. She finally started just a few years ago with a couple of Halloween costumes for her boys. In 2020 she joined Plano ASG to be a part of a sewing community. She is enjoying the fellowship and learning from the generous sharing of wisdom and experience.

Joanne Jensen

Joanne retired from the corporate world 3 years ago where her career focused on office administration, computer support, and print publication. She got much more involved with sewing in the last 10 years, and enjoys trying new sewing projects, techniques, and fabrics, and meeting new sewing friends.

meet our 2022 Chapter Advisory Board Members

Sharon Carter-Merlo and Linda Davis
Membership Co-Chairs

Mary Jo Forbes, Donna Outhouse, Davie Marie Hurlbert
Special Events Committee

Maggie Tinnin
Retail Liaison

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

Nia Kelley
Social Media Manager

Nia began to sew as a recovery method after suffering from a stroke in 2014. She loved the craft and went on to pursue an AAS in Technical Pattern Design (2020) and an AAS in Apparel Design (2021) from Dallas College. She went from not knowing how to sew to designing and producing her first collection! She joined ASG in 2019 to partake in the specialty meetings, such as Kenneth D. King and Lynda Maynard workshops. She has since volunteered to work on the ASG social media team, and loves her new sewing buddies! She looks forward to participating for many years to come.

Mary Anderson
Donations Manager

Pam Walker, Jane Dempsey, Mary Anderson
Storage Unit Team

Debbie Reid
Website Manager

Debbie’s mom taught her to sew from a young age. After learning to embroider and making doll clothes by hand she was given a Christmas gift of her very own treadle sewing machine. This was when treadle machines were just old, not antiques. By high school graduation she was using her mother’s Singer and making a lot of her clothes, including prom dresses and skating costumes. She majored in Home Economics Education and taught it at Greiner Middle School in Oak Cliff for seven years. Although she left the world of education for the world of business, she continued to sew, making almost all her clothes and teaching several grandchildren to sew. As soon as she retired, she joined the sewing guild so that she can share her passion for sewing and learn more!