Board of Directors
Janet is a member of our Millwood Chapter and was region director for our Carolinas Region.
Janet Noble - President
Janet Noble’s grandmother taught her to embroider as a small child, and embroidery has remained an essential part of her life ever since. A member of the Millwood Chapter (Carolinas Region), she served as newsletter editor, programs chair, and president; at the region level, she has served as education chair and assistant region director. Before becoming president she was region director of the Carolinas Region. Noble has also been the chair and dean of faculty for region seminars and has worked on the 2017 national seminar committee.
After graduating magna cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Noble worked as a critical care nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in London. She helped open the first open-heart surgical unit in the Netherlands at the Academisch Ziekenhuis Utrecht. Commissioned in the South Carolina Air National Guard in 1982, she rose through the ranks to colonel and retired as the mission support group commander. She combines her love for stitching with volunteering in the drama department of a local school. She also enjoys scuba diving with her husband, Dick.
Marge has been a member for over 15 years and is a member of Skyland Stitchers of the Metropolitan Region.
Marge Kelly - Vice President
Marge Kelly lives in Morristown, New Jersey, with her husband Mike. She has been a member of EGA for more than fifteen years. Marge has been very active in the Metropolitan Region and currently is the region director. Other Metropolitan Region positions she has held include assistant region director, region secretary, nominating committee chair, and region seminar registrar. Her main focus has been in the areas of education, communication, and attracting new members. She started stitching string art and crewel embroidery while in college at the College of St. Vincent, where she majored in mathematics. A friend of hers got Kelly started on counted cross-stitch years ago by telling her “It’s so mathematical. Looks like graph paper.” She has been hooked ever since. She is an avid canvas stitcher and does goldwork, too.
Kathy is an EGA Life member of the Midland Empire Chapter in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Kathy Melville - Secretary
Kathy Melville did not find EGA until the mid-1990s. When she was young, her mother had her stitch a stamped cross-stitch sampler. That was the extent of her stitching until she took a needlepoint and crewel embroidery class through adult education. “Finding a meeting notice for an EGA-chapter meeting changed my life,” Melville commented. “Meeting like-minded stitchers and taking classes has been very rewarding.”
When Melville moved to Montana, she found a chapter in Billings. She has held various positions in the Midland Empire Chapter. Chapter members have nominated her for the Gold Thread Award. Later, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she attended her first region board meeting. Melville became region historian and later secretary and region director. In 2003, she attended her first region seminar and the national seminar in Rye, New York. Melville feels a strong commitment to EGA. She has many unfinished projects, but the opportunities to learn new techniques has been tremendous. In the beginning, Melville was familiar only with cross stitch, crewel, and canvaswork; she was amazed to find Hardanger, or nué, and reticella and thanks EGA for keeping them alive.
Jennifer has been an EGA member since 1999 and has served as treasurer of several EGA chapters.
Jennifer Mullins - Treasurer
Jennifer Mullins has been an EGA member since 1999. In California she served as treasurer of the San Francisco, San Mateo, and Valley Quail chapters and as president of the San Mateo Chapter. Since moving to Dallas, she has served as treasurer of the Greater Dallas Chapter and treasurer and president of the Dallas Needlework and Textile Guild. She served as national treasurer from 2013 to 2015 and as national seminar treasurer from 2015 to the present.
Mullins holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Penn State University and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1983. She has extensive experience working in various financial capacities with non-profit organizations.
Kathy is an EGA Life Member of the Molly Pitchers Stitchers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Kathy Weigl - Director of Bylaws
Since selecting an embroidery kit as her gift for buying Buster Brown shoes at age ten, Weighl has explored almost every embroidery technique. She is an avid needleworker in counted thread, canvaswork, Japanese embroidery, and beading. She is a Master Craftsman in Counted Thread, her favorite genre. Weigl has taught embroidery at the local, region, and national levels. She has served as region director and held almost every local chapter office for the Molly Pitcher Stitchers.
Celeste is an EGA Life Member and has held many chapter offices since joining in 1999.
Celeste Chalasani - Director of Education
Celeste Chalasani is an EGA life member and member of three chapters in the Greater Pacific Region (GPR): Humboldt County, Marin Golden Threads, and Valley Quail. Since joining EGA in 1999, she has held many chapter offices including co-president, vice president of programs, treasurer, secretary, and newsletter editor. At the region level, she has served as GPR’s education chair, newsletter editor, parliamentarian, and faculty chair for region seminar 2016.
Chalasani holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University, Stanislaus, and worked in private accounting. She teaches stumpwork for EGA at the chapter, region, and national level; Blue Bonnet Studio Time; and National Academy of Needlearts (NAN). She has taught online classes for EGA and Craft University and currently for Craftsy. She also teaches an EGA ICC on stumpwork. In addition to her EGA activities, she is enrolled in the NAN Teachers’ Certification Program. She loves to travel with her husband, Ravi.
Beth joined the Mayflower Chapter in 2002 and has served on several local and national committees.
Beth Lindsay - Director of Membership and Marketing
Beth Lindsay’s fondest memory as a child was also the beginning of her passion for embroidery—sitting next to her grandmother, watching her stitch. She joined the Mayflower Chapter in 2002 and has served as treasurer and membership chair. At the region level she has served on the nominating committee and has been historian, treasurer and region director. Nationally she has served on the nominating committee and as the online studio chair.
She graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a concentration in marketing and management. Over the years, she has held positions as an inventory planner, corporate trainer, and as founding partner and director of operations for a sales engineering company. Currently, she works as a realtor and
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