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
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, 2019-2020
(September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020)
Celeste Grant, President
Retired attorney from State of MN, degrees in studio art, art history, law, international arbitration.
Linda Soranno, President Elect
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at General Mills; interest in developing ethical organizations.
Matthew Schutz, Treasurer
CPA specializing in not-for-profit accounting, regulation interpretation, and financial reporting.
Brittany Pentek, Secretary
Electrical engineer, expertise in handspinning.
Maddy Bartsch, Past President
BFA, founder of Three Rivers Fibershed, educator, and sustainable fiber systems activist.
Carol Stahlhut Carter, member-at-large
MA in French Language and Literature, retired university administrator, fiber artist.
Dawn Gillette-Kircher, member-at-large
Small business owner and product developer, former vocational college instructor.
Melba Granlund, member-at-large
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.
Anna Landes Benz, member-at-large
MA in K-12 Special Education, program and faculty developer, instructor.
Karen Mallin, member-at-large
Clinical psychologist, spinner and floor loom weaver.
Mary M. Mateer, member-at-large
Ramsey County Public Defender, floor loom weaver.
Sarah Nassif, member-at-large
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.
Elizabeth Schutz, member-at-large
Research and business intelligence analyst, rigid heddle weaver.
Beth Varro, member-at-large
Museum membership director, handspinner.