Volunteers & Staff

Top row: Susan Iverson, Terry Olson, Tommye Scanlin, Nicki Bair
Bottom row: Ginger Thomas, Regina Dale, Dorothy Clews, Lisa Almeida

Board of Directors

Dorothy Clews, Director of Awards
Terry Olson, Director of Education
Lisa Almeida, Director of Exhibitions
Regina Dale, Director of Finance, Treasurer
Ginger Thomas, Director of Membership, Secretary
Nicki Bair, Director of Promotions
Susan Iverson, Director at Large, President
Tommye Scanlin, Director at Large

Board Eligibility

All ATA members who have access to email are eligible to apply to become a member of the Board of Directors. Each board member heads one of ATA’s committees and works with a team. Board candidates should possess administrative and management skills, and be willing to dedicate time most weeks to fulfilling committee responsibilities. Interested members may contact: Board@americantapestryalliance.org

Online Application for the ATA Board of Directors


Mary Lane, Executive Director
Rachel Fesperman, Assistant to the Director
Maggie Leininger, Administrative Manager

Committee  Volunteers

Can you lend a hand? ATA’s programming is made possible by volunteers. Our committees are led by volunteers who work together under the leadership of a Committee Chair. ATA welcomes new volunteers at all times and will find a job that suits your interests, talents and availability. The Board of Directors hopes you will join the “inner circle” of ATA by getting involved. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator!

Awards Committee: Dorothy Clews, Chair

  • ATA Award for Excellence — Dorothy Clews
  • ATA International Student Award — Dorothy Clews
  • ATA Scholarship for Tapestry Study — Dorothy Clews
  • Emerge Award — Dorothy Clews

Communications Committee: Open

  • Tapestry Topics: Quarterly Newsletter — Leslie Munro, Editor; Robbie Lafleur, Copy Editor; Patricia Jordan, Layout; Pat Williams, Proofreading; Kim Mumbower, Indexing; Open, Ask the Weaving Wonk; Donna Wynn, Volunteer Column
  • ATA-Talk: Christine Laffer and Margaret Sunday, Moderators

Education Committee: Terry Olson, Chair

  • 2020 Digislam — Michael Rodhe
  • Mentoring Program — Linda Disosway
  • Convergence 2020 Members Retreat & Workshops — Terry Olson
  • Online Educational Articles — Terry Olson, Leslie Mitchell

Exhibitions Committee: Lisa Almeida, Chair

  • American Tapestry Biennial 13 — Ama Wertz & Jill Fitzell, Exhibition Co-Chairs; June Covington, Catalog Design
  • Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge — Carolle Ternus, Exhibition Chair; Dianne Chicoine, Catalog Design
  • TEx@ATA Gallery — Valerie Kirk, Coordinator; Vera Coberly, Website design
  • Venue Search — Kate Colwell
  • USF 2020—Terri Bryson, Entry Coordinator; Holly Wilkes, Art Reception; Betty Hilton Nash, Exhibition Installation & Venue contact; Lindsey Marshall, Catalog Design.

Finance Committee: Regina Dale, Chair

  • Archives & Historic Documentation — Fran Williamson
  • Financial Management–Regina Dale
  • Print Materials Shipping — Deb Shoenberger
  • Print Materials Label Production — Jessica Ostrow

Fundraising Committee: Tommye Scanlin, Chair

  • Valentines Day Appeal — Tommye Scanlin
  • Grants Research and Preparation — Ellen Ramsey

Membership Committee: Ginger Thomas, Chair

  • Membership Database Maintenance and Renewals — Ginger Thomas
  • Tapestry Topics mailing — Ruth Manning
  • Volunteer Coordinator — Open; Victoria Moore, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
  • Membership Directory — Maggie Leininger
  • Member Survey and Think Tanks–Ginger Thomas

Promotions Committee: Nicki Bair, Chair

  • eKudos — Virginia Taylor
  • Web program managers — Sarah Warren, Artist Pages; Vera Coberley, TEx@ATA layout; Kim Mumbower, Links; Open, Educational Articles; Barbara Burns, Mary Lane, Blog;
  • Promotional emails — Nicki Bair
  • Blog Tour – Janna Maria Vallee
  • CODA 2019 — Ellen Ramsey, Editor; Layout–Sara Figal
  • Advertising — Nicki Bair, Content; Layout–open
  • Social Media: Facebook — Jacquie Fraser, Tapestry of the Day; Kennita Tully, Let’s Talk Tapestry; Pinterest — Lin Squires; Instagram — Nicki Bair; Twitter –Nicki Bair

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