Weavers Guild of Minnesota Staff

Karin Knudsen, Operations Manager

WGM Role: Financial operations and policy development; Development:  grant-writing and fundraising campaigns; Manages the Fiber Source Store and in-kind donations; Guild marketing, including communication strategy & The Draft; Guild membership, activities, events and member engagement

With extensive experience working with stakeholders, managing projects, and writing content for non-profits, Karin’s wide-ranging background makes her a great fit to oversee WGM’s operations and meet the organization’s ever-changing needs. Her expertise is writing and communication, crafting engaging, clear content with an eye toward making the complicated easily explainable. She has experience in arts administration, grant writing, volunteer coordination, and retail management. Karin holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology; her thesis argued how pre-game talks created a sense of community within a college football team. A practicing fiber artist and teacher, she specializes in katazome, a surface design technique using stencils and paste-resist.

Betsy Konop, Education Manager

WGM Role: Education program, policy development, strategy and vision, Manages classrooms, equipment, and private lessons, as well as relationships with instructors, visiting artists, and students, Education marketing and existing and new audience engagement

Betsy has over a decade of experience working in the arts and collaborates with colleagues, artists, and community partners on dynamic and creative projects and programs. Her most recent post was with the Portland Art Museum as Education and Public Programs Assistant where she engaged a broad range of visitors on topics that are locally, nationally, and globally relevant. She managed the Museum’s ongoing monthly programs and worked closely with the Associate Director of Education and Public Programs to develop programming and partnerships. Together, they oversaw 120-150 programs serving 18,000 people annually. In her role, she also managed the annual budgeting process and monitor spending for the Education and Public Programs Department.

Becca Foster, Fiber Source Sales Associate

Laura Nelson, Fiber Source Sales Associate

Ever Woodward, Operations and Education Assistant

Board of Directors

WGM is a 501c3 nonprofit member organization and is governed by a member-elected board of directors. Board of directors are responsible for the management of the business and affairs of the organization. Directors owe a fiduciary duty to the nonprofit to act in good faith, with care, and in the best interests of the organization. At WGM we take this responsibility seriously and are governed by a committed board of directors in compliance with charity guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. WGM follows its most recently adopted WGM ByLaws.

WGM Board of Directors (September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021)

Linda Soranno, President 

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at General Mills; interest in developing ethical organizations.

Amanda Anderson, President Elect

MBA

Matthew Schutz, Treasurer, chair of Finance Committee

CPA specializing in not-for-profit accounting, regulation interpretation, and financial reporting.

Brittany Pentek, Secretary

Electrical engineer, expertise in handspinning.

Celeste Grant, Past President, chair of Nominating Committee

Retired attorney from State of MN, degrees in studio art, art history, law, international arbitration.

Carol Stahlhut Carter, member-at-large

MA in French Language and Literature, retired university administrator, fiber artist.

Barbara Daiker, member-at-large

University administrator; experience in strategic direction and operation aligment.

Dawn Gillette-Kircher, member-at-large

Small business owner and product developer, former vocational college instructor.

Neal Goman, member-at-large

Retired electrical engineer, expertise in handspinning and equipment.

Melba Granlund, member-at-large, chair of Outreach Committee

Retired paralegal, expertise in Swedish/Scandinavian handcrafts, warp-weighted loom weaver.

Barbara Heath, member-at-large

Accomplished fiber artist and educator, retired human resources manager.

Mary M. Mateer, member-at-large

Ramsey County Public Defender, floor loom weaver.

Sarah Nassif, member-at-large, chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Artist, SAORI weaver, public art and community engagement.

Katie Oberton, member-at-large

Master of Social Work, social justice advocate, Find Your Yoga founder, floor loom weaver.

Keith Pierce, member-at-large

Mathematician, leader of Banditos interest group, partners with Karen Weavers of KOM.

Elizabeth Schutz, member-at-large

Research and business intelligence analyst, rigid heddle weaver.

Beth Varro, member-at-large

Programming & audience relations, membership & data expertise, handspinner.


Development Committee: chair, Anna Landes Benz 

MA in K-12 Special Education, program and faculty developer, instructor.

Education Committee: chair, Heather MacKenzie

MFA in Fiber & Material Studies, artist and educator.