Meet our new board members!

As you know, two of our MQG board members are stepping down, making way for two others to take up their leadership roles. We are sad to send off Heather Grant and Kathy Mack, but we are so excited to welcome Christen Barber and Jill Lombard to the MQG board! Christen joins us as a board member and Jill joins as treasurer.

BarberChristen Barber shares her love of sewing and fabric on her blog Love By Hand, including tutorials, inspiration and sewing business advice. Beyond sewing, Christen spends her days as a social media strategist for Create Digital. She has 10 years of experience in marketing, public relations and advertising agencies advising clients on branding, online marketing and social media strategy and execution, not to mention getting paid to be on Facebook all day. “It is such an honor to join the MQG board of directors,” Christen says. “I’m really looking forward to applying the strategic planning skills that serve me well in my day job to help the MQG grow as an organization and continue to create value for members. I’m excited to be part of such a wonderful community.”

Head shotJill Lombard lives in Carlsbad, California. She has been married 25 years and has two daughters in college. She started quilting in the late 1980s with Eleanor Burns and Quilt in a Day. It is still her local quilt shop and home to the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. Jill has evolved from her first log cabin quilt in mauve and teal to a more modern palette. She is a CPA and Treasurer of the Modern Quilt Guild. “I am thrilled to be joining the National Board as the incoming treasurer,” Jill says. “I have been a CPA and nonprofit specialist for 30 years and a quilter for 25 years. The one consistent thing in my years of quilting is scrap quilts — they are dear to my soul! I look forward to working with all of you!”

“I am so happy to welcome Jillian and Christen to the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors,” says Jacquie Gering, Chair of the MQG Board. “We are all excited to see what these accomplished ladies will contribute to the Board and the guild. While they have big shoes to fill, I know they will bring new voices, knowledge and skills and a unique perspective to the team. Congrats and welcome to the team!”

Thank you so much to Heather and Kathy for all their hard work and dedication to the MQG. They have been instrumental people in this community, and we wish them the best. Heather will remain in her role as director of marketing and programming for the MQG staff, and Kathy will remain crew member at QuiltCon 2016.

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Changes in the MQG Board of Directors

December 31, 2013 marked the last day of three valuable board members for the MQG. Please join us in wishing Latifah Saafir, Elizabeth Hartman, and Amy Newbold tremendous success in their future endeavors.

The time that they volunteered for the MQG over the years is invaluable. Their talent, skills, and ideas will be missed. Please join us in sending them thanks for their time and efforts.  Their work helped to lay the groundwork of the MQG and the organization will always benefit from all that they did for it.

The MQG board now has a number of openings and the Governance Committee is hard at work developing a system of elections for our members. We’ll be announcing our election process and filling the board member positions in the next few months.

One more huge thank you to Latifah, Elizabeth and Amy for all of their time, energy and commitment to the MQG!