Board of Directors

Marilyn Murphy, President, is managing partner of ClothRoads.com, an online marketplace and blog devoted to global textiles. An ATA board member since 2013, she co-curated the exhibition, “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands,” at Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum. Previously Marilyn was yarn group president and editorial director for Interweave Press. She also owned the Weaving Workshop in Chicago and founded the Textile Arts Centre there.

Anita Osterhaug, Vice President, is former 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 participated in the 2013 Tinkuy international weaving conference in Cusco.

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, Secretary, former president and publisher of Storey Publishing, joined the ATA board in 2014. After 30 years of publishing books that help people live more creative and self-sufficient lives, Pamela retired and her own life became a lot more flexible, so she signed up for the Tinkuy gathering of weavers in 2013. Making personal connections with the Andean artisans and learning from them in workshops was an exciting and energizing experience. Pamela now organizes and directs tours on behalf of ATA.

Elizabeth Doerr has worked for the past 30 years as an organizer and fundraiser for community-based organizations in Latin America and the San Francisco Bay area. Elizabeth spent 2001-2002 living in Cusco with her husband, former board member Tim Wells, and their two children. She serves as an advisor to the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). An educator by training, she taught urban school children and trained urban school teachers for twenty years.

Jenevieve Doerr graduated from Boston College in 2005, then moved to Cusco, Peru, where she spent two years working with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) to develop 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 weaving conference. She recently returned to the U.S. after spending three and a half years in Nicaragua as a small business volunteer with the Peace Corps.

Jannes J. Gibson is an educator who was education program specialist at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. At the museum, she organized lecture series, started youth tours, and developed the Celebration of Textiles event. She is currently on the museum’s advisory council. Jannes first visited Peru in 1989 during a textile tour. She has also traveled extensively in Asia and Africa and lived in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Jannes joined the board in 2003.

Ercil Howard-Wroth has always had a love of history and tradition. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS in education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. An educator for many years, she now focuses on teaching fiber arts to adults and children. Her current work brings together her love for traditional societies and her twenty plus years of working in the textile arts. She has served on the ATA board since October 2014 and oversees social media.

Linda Ligon founded Interweave Press in 1975, serving as its creative director until 2015. She is currently director and publisher of Thrums Books, a publishing company focused on indigenous 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. Linda joined the ATA board in 2008.

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 U.S. 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.

Advisory Board

Wade Davis is professor of anthropology and the B.C. leadership chair in the Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk department at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013, he served as explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Wade holds degrees in anthropology and biology as well as a Ph.D in ethnobotany, all from Harvard. Early in his academic career, he lived and worked in Chinchero, Peru. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His film credits include Light at the Edge of the World. His TED talks have been widely viewed.

Mary Frame is a Canadian art historian and scholar of pre-Columbian textiles with a master of arts degree in indigenous arts of the Americas from the University of British Columbia. She has published works on the Paracas, Nasca, and Inca textiles of Peru, and has a special interest in mummy bundles and the Inca geometric figures called “tukapu.” She has written and lectured about the complexity of Andean thought as it is demonstrated in textiles.

Kevin Healy holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University and a PH.D. in development sociology from Cornell. For more than three decades, he worked as a grants officer at the Inter-American Foundation, a public corporation that funds grassroots development projects with local non-governmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published on indigenous movements, participatory development, and the drug industry in the Andes. He currently teaches at Georgetown University.

Ann Pollard Rowe spent more than three decades as curator of Western Hemisphere textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. Ann is recognized as an expert and authority on indigenous textiles of the New World. She graduated from the University of Washington and holds a masters of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a frequent contributor and editor of The Textile Museum Journal, and has published extensively on Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Guatemalan textiles. She is currently a research associate of Western Hemisphere textiles at the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum.