Weavers Guild of Minnesota Staff

Karin Knudsen, Operations Manager

Financial operations; fundraising vision and strategy; social media strategy, communications & the members’ newsletter; membership activities, events and engagement; board and donor relations; grant-writing.

M.A. Anthropology (Northern Arizona University). With WGM since 2016.

Betsy Konop, Education Manager

Program strategy, vision, execution, and evaluation; policy development; classroom and equipment management; instructor, visiting artist, and program partner development; audience development; digital marketing and communications; grant writing.

Betsy has over a decade of experience working in the arts, collaborating 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 were 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 monitored spending for the Education and Public Programs Department.

Paige Tighe, Engagement & Administrative Specialist

Fiber Source Store & in-kind donations, sales marketing and strategy; outreach and education administration.

Paige is an artist and educator with a decade’s worth of administrative experience. She loves to travel and learn about local craft histories. Paige had the opportunity to experience SAORI weaving in Japan a few years ago and can’t wait to go back. She loves weaving on a floor loom and is excited to sell you all the yarn you need (and want) for your next weaving project.

Board of Directors

WGM is a 501c3 nonprofit member organization and is governed by a member-elected board of directors. Directors owe a fiduciary duty to the nonprofit to act in good faith, with care, and in the best interests of the organization. WGM is 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’s Board of Directors is elected by membership at the Annual Meeting.

WGM Board of Directors (September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022)

Amanda Anderson, President 

Chief Administrative Officer of Ascent Private Capital Management of U. S. Bank; MBA, Yale University.

Lisa Black, President-elect

Project manager, pharmaceutical company.

Matthew Schutz, Treasurer, chair of Finance Committee

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

Linda Soranno, Past President, chair of the Nominating Committee

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

Deb Jensen, Secretary

Grant reviewer for grants awarded through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for the Minnesota State Legislature.

Barbara Daiker, member-at-large

University administrator; experience in strategic direction and operation alignment.

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

Fiber artist and educator, retired human resources manager.

Cass Markovich, member-at-large

Former educator, rigid-heddle weaver.

Mary M. Mateer, member-at-large

Ramsey County Public Defender, floor loom weaver.

Keith Pierce, member-at-large

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

Joe Rubin, member-at-large

Retired medical oncologist, floor loom weaver, passion for fiber arts.

Dawn Severson, member-at-large

Retired corporate controller and financial analyst.

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.

Education Committee: chair, Heather MacKenzie

MFA in Fiber & Material Studies, artist and educator.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Committee: chair, Past President of the Board