Board of Directors

Marilyn Murphy, Chair, is the managing partner of ClothRoads.com, an online marketplace and blog devoted to global textiles. Along with Nilda Callañaupa, she co-curated the exhibit, "Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands", at the  Avenir Museum of Colorado State University. She also served on the advisory committee for Tinkuy 2013 and 2017. From 1994 until 2010, she held many positions at Interweave, the last as its president and editorial director of the yarn group. Prior to Interweave, she owned the Weaving Workshop in Chicago for 19 years and founded the Textile Arts Centre there. Marilyn joined the ATA Board in 2013. 

 

Elizabeth Doerr, Vice Chair, has worked for the last thirty years as an organizer and fundraiser for community-based organizations in Latin America and the San Francisco Bay area. Doerr spent 2001-2002 living in Cusco with her husband, former board member Tim Wells, and their two children. She serves as an advisor to Nilda Callañaupa on organization and development. An educator by training, she taught urban school children and training urban school teachers for twenty years. She lives in San Francisco. 

  

Jannes J. Gibson, Vice Chair, is an educator who was Education Program Specialist at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. She organized lecture series, started youth tours, and developed Celebration of Textiles for the Museum. She is currently on The Textile Museum Advisory Council. Gibson first visited Peru in 1989 as TM representative on a textile tour. She has traveled extensively in Asia and Africa and lived in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Gibson joined the board in 2003. 

 

Linda Ligon, Secretary, founded Interweave Press in 1975, serving as its Creative Director until 2015. She is currently Director and Publisher of Thrums Books LLC, a publishing company focused on indegenous textiles and the people who create them. Among Thrums Books titles are Weaving in The Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories; Faces of Tradition; Weaving Elders of the Andes; and Secrets of Weaving, Spinning, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands, all authored by Nilda Callañaupa and published in cooperation with CTTC.  Ligon, who lives in Loveland, Colorado, joined the board in 2008. 

 

Jennifer Moore, Treasurer, has the unusual distinction of having taught a workshop on doubleweave to Peruvian weavers at Tinkuy 2013, re-introducing them to an ancient art form from their own culture. Jennifer holds an MFA in Fibers; her work, which explores mathematical relationships and musical patterns in doubleweave, has been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the world. She travels extensively to teach workshops in doubleweave, color, and geometric design. She is the author of The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

 

Pamela Art joined the ATA Board in 2014 after retiring as president and publisher of Storey Publishing. After 30 years of publishing books that help people live more creative and self-sufficient lives, Pam Art’s own life became a lot more flexible so she signed up for the Tinkuy gathering of weavers in 2013. Making personal connections with the artisans, learning from them in workshops, and traveling with such fascinating and talented new friends, was an exciting and energizing experience. Art, who lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, organizes and directs tours on behalf of ATA. 

 

Jenevieve Doerr is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Boston College in 2005 she moved to Cusco, Peru, where she spent two years working with CTTC developing their strategic business plan. After receiving her MBA at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, she moved back to Cusco in 2010 to help CTTC organize the first Tinkuy. She has recently returned to the U.S. after spending three and a half years in Nicaragua as a Small Business Volunteer with the Peace Corps.

 

Ercil Howard-Wroth, born in Colonial Williamsburg, has always had a love of history and tradition. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS.Ed from SUNY New Paltz. She has been teaching all ages for many years although she now focuses on the fiber arts for adults and children, where her twenty-plus years of working in the textile arts brings both her love of traditional societies and fiber arts together.  She is the mother of two young adults, a dog and one bearded dragon lizard.  She has served on  ATA's board since October 2014 and oversees its social media.

 

Les Ishikawa is a retired accountant. He worked for twenty five years as analyst and manager for Hewlett Packard Company’s Inkjet Business Unit and the Calculator and Personal Computer divisions. Prior to working for Hewlett Packard he was the Budget Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. Ishikawa also taught accounting and operations management at Oregon State University. First introduced to the Andean culture in 1985 after his wife, Sally trekked the Andes with Nilda Callañaupa, his first flight across the Andes and into Cusco was 2005. 

 

Anita Osterhaug is the editor of Handwoven magazine. She is a writer and journalist who has been devoted to textiles since her first embroidery project at age eight, though her writing skills have also taken her into the high-tech world. She studied history and anthropology at Reed College, and traveled to Cusco for Tinkuy 2013. She lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. 

 

Susie Strauss is the former Executive Director/Founder of One to One Women Coaching Women, a non-profit that provides coaching at no cost to women in the US and Canada who come from challenging backgrounds and situations. Susie’s commitment to helping people realize their dreams is a thread that runs throughout her life and career and is reflected in the work she has done as a life coach, a therapist, and in the many civic activities in which she has taken part in Birmingham, Alabama, where she resides.