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Guild Board of Directors

The Guild is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who plan events, monitor the Guild’s activities and keep you networked with others who share a passion for rug hooking.

April 15, 2020, the board met online, using ZOOM.  It was an effective platform for making decisions, and saved ALL board members the need to travel to a meeting.   We are looking for at least one more Board Member, especially someone who might be interested in stepping into Treasurer or Show Coordinator positions.  Joining the board while there’s time to be in an “understudy” role would be great!  Interested?   Our nominating committee (Kris McDermet and Suzanne Dirmaier) would love to hear from you!

Suzanna Brown, President

On April 15, 2020, the board accepted Gina’s resignation and appointed Suzanna to be our new President.

In Feb 2018 I took a rug hooking class. I enjoyed it and soon joined a local group, The Champlain Islands Fiber Bees, to hook with once a week. I soon joined the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild and in 2020 was elected president of the Guild. I like to design rugs, as well as hook them.

A longer profile of Suzanna was included in the May 2020 newsletter.
Access for members  and non-members.

Donna Dulude, Vice President

Jennifer Davey, Secretary

Jennifer-DaveyIn 1999 I took a class with Ann Winterling who encouraged my artistic goals and taught me the basics of hooking and I have been hooking ever since. My mom was an antique dealer who loved hooked rugs and I picked up an appreciation of them from her. I also love the feel of the fabrics and of course the colors and textures.

I am retired now and finally have the time to get more involved with this remarkable guild and I am looking forward to meeting more of my fellow hookers!

I prefer narrow cuts for my work but love all hooked work. I also like mixing in other fiber arts with my hooking.

Please contact me at

Biffie Gallant, Treasurer

In 2011 I joined a group of hookers meeting in North Hero to learn the art. I have to admit, my main reason to join the group was to spend time with a wonderful group of women.

My first project left much to be desired but I was “hooked” like so many others. I have moved on to hook almost 80 projects and develop a stash like most others.

The guild was a way to meet even more wonderful artists. Now that I am fully retired, hooking is my go-to activity.

Contact Biffie at:

She’d especially appreciate hearing from someone who might be interested in learning the guild’s bookkeeping / treasurer role.

Janice McKnight, Membership Chair

janice-mcknightMy love for  rug hooking all began in 2005.   At that  time a few of my  friends  were getting together for a beginners rug hooking class being led by Diane Burgess. The idea of rug hooking held no interest for me, but my friends convinced me to come along for the luncheon.   Much to my surprise, in no time I had  a hook in my hand, and  I was rug hooking.  I fell in love with it,  and from that  day on I have been hooked on rug hooking.

I became involved with the rug shows in Shelburne since I first began hooking, and have also joined in with other rug hooking groups. Over the years  I have met so many interesting, talented and happy people, from whom I am constantly learning new techniques.

As much as I love rug hooking in the summer you will frequently find me outside working in my garden. I enjoy biking and love to go on long rides with my husband.

Please contact me if you have questions about your membership or would like to become a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild.

Sharon O’Neill, Program Chair

I think that it was in 1998 I took a rug hooking class in Fairfax, Vermont.  Each week for several weeks we met for instruction, wine, cheese and friendship.  I was already a weaver and rag rug maker and I was looking for something that would let me combine my love of fiber with my other talents in drawing and design.  I was instantly “hooked”!
Although I have only been a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild since 2015, I am a long time attendee of the amazing rug hooking shows curated by the Guild.  In January of 2019, I stepped up to be the Program Chair.  Since joining the Guild and then the Board I have enjoyed meeting amazing artists who have become inspiration for my artwork and friends in my heart.
Let me know your ideas for future programs!


Sue Girouard, Education Chair

An ad for six hooking lessons in a St Albans store front materialized into a Christmas gift from my daughters (with some coaching).  I’ve always been interested in the fiber arts and hooking added a new dimension for me.

I enjoy taking classes and being challenged with new ideas and techniques that I might not try otherwise.

And there is nothing like spending an afternoon with a little classical music or a book on tape and losing yourself in the rhythm of pulling loops.

For kit information, or other education news, contact me at:

Barb Ackemann, Communications

I grew up with my grandmother’s hooked rugs in the house, but never saw her make one.  In school, I made a hooked mat in 4th or 5th grade  (yarn and burlap stretched (sort of) on corrugated cardboard).   Fast forward many years to a trip to Nova Scotia where everywhere I looked there were hooked rugs and stores with wools and hooks, and I thought I’d give it a try.

Then I was surprised to learn there was a local hooking group and a guild!  How exciting!

I handle this website, helps other board members with our Membership Site at Wild Apricot, and I compile and send out  the newsletters.

Help me out by sending me news, photos, and ideas for the website and newsletter!   email barb

Carol Gibson, At-large Director

I have been hooking for about 5 years though I grew up learning needlepoint and crewel from my mother and later from my mother-in-law. I switched to rug hooking because it is much easier on the eyes, and am loving it. One of the draws for me are the people who rug hook, they are extremely talented, and are willing to share ideas and wool. I learn something new with each rug I complete. I live in Burlington, VT, and am a retired caterer. I have a wood turning husband, two dogs, two grown children, and one amazing granddaughter.

Gina Steen, At-large Director

gina steenI have been rug hooking for the past 5 years. The “Big Show” at the Shelburne Museum was my introduction and a special exhibit of Patty Yoder’s amazing creations totally inspired me.  My aunt Wendy introduced me to the Hinesburg hookers, who told me about Rae Harrell, who told me about the Richmond group.   I am incredibly
grateful to all these groups of women for their generosity of time and talent, friendship and encouragement, extra worms, and even the loan of a hook and a frame to get started (thank you Judy Cole!).

I look forward to serving the guild and hope to continue the “Big Show” as it was what hooked me in the first place.  I am open to suggestions and comments. Please contact me at;


Sandra Grant, At-large Director

I am an artist and teaching background. I found Rug Hooking as a medium about 10 years ago and enjoy designing my projects, dyeing my wool and finding unique textures to enhance my pieces.
I love to create birds with feathers. I have done a series of shore birds and owls.
I am a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in NH.
My piece “Bucky the Blue Heron” was chosen in 2019 to be the brochure cover for the Sunapee Show. It also was chosen to be printed on the show tee shirts that raise money for the show.


YOUR NAME HERE, At-large Director


Yes,  we have one opening on the board!  Our nominating committee (Kris McDermett and Suzanne Dirmaier) would love to hear from you!

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