FY21 Board Nominee Profiles

Read up on your WGM Board nominees before the Annual Meeting 2020 vote opens in late May. The nominees provided a bit of information about themselves, and what skills, interests, and experience they bring to the Board if elected.

Executive Committee Nominees, listed by position: 

  • Amanda Anderson, nominee for President Elect

The President Elect serves 3 years: The first year as President Elect, the second year as President, the third as Past President. The position starts on September 1, 2020 at the beginning of WGM’s fiscal year.

At Large Board nominees (in alphabetical order):

  • Barb Daiker, nominee for Member at Large
  • Neal Goman, nominee for Member at Large
  • Melba Granlund, nominee for Member at Large, re-election; currently serving her second 2-year term 
  • Patty Kuebker Johnson, nominee for Member at Large
  • Sarah Nassif, nominee for Member at Large, re-election; currently serving her first 2-year term
  • Keith Pierce, nominee for Member at Large

At Large board members serve a term of 2 years, starting on September 1, 2020 at the beginning of WGM’s fiscal year.

For the fiscal year starting on September 1, 2020, the WGM Board has five (5) Members at Large positions open.

List of Board nominees and statements (Board year FY21)

Here’s more info from the candidates themselves, presented in alphabetical order:  

Amanda Anderson, Nominee for President-Elect

I am the daughter of a Montana mountain man and a lady who wore white gloves to her job in Mad Men-era Manhattan. My Montana grandmother made her own clothes. My New York grandmother had fabulous felted and woven hats from Fifth Avenue. I made my first dress on an old sewing machine when I was in grade school and it solidified my passion for fiber arts.

At work, I’m all business. My MBA is from Yale University and I have over twenty-five years of successfully managing projects and doing strategic planning. I am currently an executive at a boutique private capital firm associated with a large bank.

At home, I love learning how nature’s bounty can be transformed with patience, curiosity and science. For example, it’s amazing how rabbits can make fluffy wool from timothy hay (winter white angora sweater? Yes please!). I do, indeed, have an Angora rabbit named Furn and I spin her wool on a wheel I learned how to use at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.

The Guild is an amazing place that helps like-minded folks socialize, learn and make fabulous fiber art. I can help as the Guild embarks on a new five-year strategic plan. I have the strategic planning and project management experience.  Most importantly, though, is that I have a passion for the Guild’s mission. The Board can benefit from the “two different sides of Amanda.”

Barb Daiker, Nominee for Member at-large

Barb Daiker is a life-long crafty person. She has been sewing and knitting since a child, learning from her grandmothers. With a love of yarn, she took her first spinning class in 2000 at a shop in Minneapolis. This class prepped fiber and introduced many ways to spin. It was love at first sight. Armed with spindles and a Louet S1, she was happy spinning for many years. In 2011, her mother gave her a floor loom. Her mom had taken a class at the Weaver’s Guild and picked up a secondhand floor loom. After a few years, Barb’s mom offered the loom and accessories to her. Taking a basic weaving class from the Weaver’s Guild was all it took. Barb keeps building her skills, turning to the Weaver’s Guild for learning, inspiration, and comradery. Barb is an extrovert and enjoys sharing her passion for this craft. She found great joy in volunteering at events to help acquaint the public with spinning and weaving. Spinning and weaving are her passion for artistic expression, stress management, and pure joy. She wants others to consider how these crafts may enhance their lives, too. 

In her professional life, Barb is the administrator of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota. With a license in nursing, a master’s degree in educational psychology,  and a Ph.D. in organization and management, she interlaces the ideas of fiber into her mentoring and coaching of team members. She has experience in serving on boards of directors, serving as the president of three medical practice professional organizations, and many years as a board member. As a board member for the Weaver’s Guild, Barb will bring an understanding of how people learn, ways to consider strategic direction and alignment of operations.

Neal Goman, Nominee for Member at-large 

I am a retired Electrical Engineer with an emphasis in computers. My recent task for the guild involved helping bring together the different email lists into a single umbrella group under Groups.IO. I have been involved with spinning since around 1993 but exposed to weaving and fiber arts going back to my childhood. I had relatives  that helped set up the HGA COE process and wrote books, traveled, and taught spinning and weaving. And whenever they would come through town they’d bring tools for me to play with like a lucet, temari balls, or kumihimo bobbins. I’ve been a member of the guild since the late 1990’s and am always impressed with the kindness and creativity of our members.

Melba Granlund, Re-election for Member at-large

It has been an honor to serve on the WGM Board for the past four years and to have been involved with coordinating member volunteers to staff many of the Guild’s outreach activities during that time.  This opportunity has given me the ability to get to know many WGM members and staff and to be blessed by all their gifts and talents.  The fact that our members are willing to share their enthusiasm for fiber-related handcrafts with others is remarkable — and it’s infectious.

I have been a WGM member since 2005 — first learning how to spin, then weave.  Somewhere along the way I dipped my toe in the dyepot a few times.  Although I had experience sewing, quilting, and embroidering fabrics, it wasn’t until I purchased an antique spinning wheel at a farm auction in the 1980’s did I start thinking about the historical aspect of textile production.  I just knew that someday I wanted to learn how to use that spinning wheel. The same was true when I purchased my first floor loom from WGM’s Fiber Source in 2009, when I hadn’t yet taken a single weaving class.  However, I knew that if I wanted to weave the fabric for the apron of my Swedish “folkdrakt” (folk costume), beside a spinning wheel to spin the flax for linen cloth, I also needed a loom.  Additional encouragement came from members of the Scanweavers interest group, who inspired me to try new things, to take classes, and perhaps purchase some equipment. 

We all have talents to share.  I am seeking another two-year term on the Board to continue my work with our volunteers in sharing our collective love for weaving, spinning and dyeing through programming at on-site and off-site events and with partner organizations throughout our communities.  

Patty Kuebker Johnson, Nominee for Member at-large

My background with WGM began in 1990.  I purchased my first loom from a woman who had a little sign on her mailbox that said “loom for sale”. I am still thrilled that I stopped and knocked on her door.  I am almost 68 and mostly retired.  My working background was mostly owning and operating a dairy supply business with my husband for 30+ years, which we sold in 2010.  My life has included many hours of volunteering including actives with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Church and PTA.  I was president of the Textile Center when we purchased the current building.  I chaired Fiber Fair for a couple of years for WGM after we moved to 3000 University.  I currently am active with an artist group at the Phipps Center in Hudson, WI. I am also a member of the Scan Weavers study group.  I own Color Crossing, which houses 15 Studio Artists and sell weaving supplies.

Sarah Nassif, Re-election for Member at-large

I’m eager to extend my service as board member at large through a second term in order to continue working on initiatives that call for continuity in leadership. In my time on the Board, I have co-led the exploration of how diversity, equity and inclusion work should be incorporated into our daily business at the guild. I wrote the grant that funded this work and have also helped rebuild the Development Committee. My experience is vital to efficiently continuing these initiatives. 

With a background in data analysis, I’ve explored how our current data collection systems (membership, marketing, enrollment) can be improved. I’m working closely with Karin and Betsy so as not to upset their work in the process, but determining a viable path for improvement in the area of technology and data is crucial as we seek to understand, serve and build our community and fulfill new grant requirements to report on diversity, equity and inclusion at WGM. 

I’m a novice weaver, spinner and natural dyer, teaching artist (10+ years), social practice and public artist and passionate fiber artist. I bring a wealth of connections, enthusiasm and ideas for how we can engage diverse communities beyond the guild walls. I helped plan and support our interactive weaving booth at Northern Spark in 2019, the late-night arts festival that reaches a wide audience in downtown Minneapolis. I’m eager for us to build programming with other arts organizations to reach new communities like the artists at Interact who are challenging perceptions of disability through art. 

My vision for Weavers Guild is to build on our 80 year legacy of steadfast community, person-to-person inclusive learning, and celebrating and preserving the arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing by engaging our audience today and planning for and actively building our audience of the future. 

Keith Pierce, Nominee for Member at Large

The Guild has played a big role in my life since I joined in 2012, and I’d like to give back to it as a board member. The breadth of my activities at the Guild as well as my professional background will help me to be an effective member. Here’s an overview of my activities:

I’ve served as coordinator of Banditos (band weaving) interest group for the last 6 years. Banditos is a small but active group, which among other activities has taken on the role of weaving and assembling the ribbons that the Guild awards at the State Fair.

My role as instructor of band-weaving classes, starting in 2014, has been especially rewarding. Through the efforts of Karen Searle and me, the Guild now has a core of expertise in tablet weaving, arguably one the best among all weaving organizations nationally.

My wife and I have been actively supporting newly arrived refugees for about 40 years; I was pleased to be able to help in the early stages of forming a circle of Karen weavers (the Karen people, originally from Myanmar, are a relatively recent arrival to the Twin Cities). Our Guild is listed as a co-sponsor of this very skilled group of backstrap weavers.

Finally, as a former IT professional, I was able to temporarily take over publishing the Draft while our former director Becky Franklin was on maternity leave. Although my technical skills have become outdated since retiring, I still may be able to provide some help as the Guild prepares to update its IT systems.