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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.

OPEN POSITION, 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 AND Membership

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.


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

OPEN POSITION, At-large Director


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.


Tricia Miller , At-large Director

By chance, I noticed a small sign, “Rug Hooking” on my way to work in Manchester, CT. Curious as to what that was, I stopped in at Fraser’s and wound up going home with a hook, strips of wool and a pattern. That was in 1983.

Since then I’ve completed many pieces using #3 to #8 cut yet find my “home” in #3, where I started. I’ve been a member of the Guild off and on since the ‘80’s. For many years I was hooking on my own far from anyone who shared my passion for I had married a U.S. Army musician.

We returned to New England in 2000 and I have been a member of Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild since. Retirement in 2017 has allowed me the freedom in my schedule to join the Brattleboro Rug Social which is a wonderful group of women that meets twice a month. Being a member of groups where folks share their ideas, resources and energy is wonderful!




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

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