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Nominations to join the Board, January 2023

Jennifer Davey – nominated for Vice President

I started hooking in 1999 when I took a beginner’s class with Ann Winterling at the Green Mountain Hooked Rug School in Randolph. Since I retired I have been on the GMRHG Board as a Member-at-Large, Secretary and President. I am now back on the Board acting as Vice President to give the Board some “institutional memory” so they do not have to reinvent the wheel!

I look forward to seeing what the next chapter brings. Change is necessary and natural. I love helping with the rug show and that is in real flux right now. We will be trying hard to find a way to have it and make it sustainable.

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Kris McDermet  – nominated for Member -At-Large

I have been Rug Braiding and Rug Hooking since 1979 and love combining the two art forms. Along with many others now, I like adding different textures and fabrics including internal lighting thanks to my brother Tim Mathiesen.

I enjoy teaching and being a student and encouraging others to try braiding and hooking.

I’m happy to be returning to the GMRHG board and see what is next for this wonderful group of creative artists.


Suzanne Dirmaier – nominated for Member -At-Large

I began rug hooking in 1985 with a six flower sampler rug that took me three years to finish.  I got faster and better over the years thanks to many groups and teachers I have hooked with.  My style has evolved as most  rug artists experience so that the best way to describe my work is eclectic.
I joined the guild in the days when we met at the Woodstock Inn and fondly remember many of our founders who are no longer with us.  Helen Woffel “encouraged me” to be president which turned into two terms and later I came back as vice president for another two terms.  I have always loved the guild and the enduring friendships which have come with my involvement.  I am happy to be back as a member at large!

Lucille Festa – nominated for Member -At-Large

(Bio, as submitted to Sauder Village)  Nationally recognized Rug Hooking Teacher, known for her original designs and eye for color. From the start she wanted to provide a primitive rug-hooking program in which students could learn to hook country rugs using hand dyed wool in old country colors.  Today she travels the country teaching and lecturing about Primitive Rug Hooking

Lucille holds a degree in American History and Graduate studies in American Studies.  She is an avid History Buff specializing in the American Civil War and American Studies.  Early American Life Magazine repeatedly selects Lucille’s work for its “Directory of Traditional American Crafts.”  Her work has been featured in Country Home Magazine, A Featured Teacher in The Cottage Journal Magazine, and affiliated with The American Folk Art museum in NYC.  She was an ATHA Region One Rep for four years and Vice President on the National Board for four years.

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