Virginia Quilt Museum Board of Directors

Cindy Chavez - President        Jennifer Nelson - Vice President

Elsie Rose - Secretary                       Pat Gravatt - Treasurer

Wilma Gerald

Paula Golden

Jenny Miller 

Ken Reeves

Paula Tehlewitz

Kathy Todd

Trudi VanDyke

Kristen Westfall

Claire Wrenn

Susan Green


Executive director

Susan Farmer joined the Virginia Quilt Museum as Director in 2018.  She has her M.A. in History from Western Kentucky University, with an emphasis on Women's History.  She has worked at several small museums in Kentucky as well as with the National Park Service at different parks throughout the country.  She is excited to be a part of the Virginia Quilt Museum and looks forward to being a part of the community here.  

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Curator and Registrar

Hannah Facknitz joined our team as Curator & Registrar in September 2018.

She graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in May 2018, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in history with distinction, having completed a senior thesis awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Best Thesis Award for JMU.

Her research focused on the indigenous experience in the nineteenth century as well as technology, labor, and racial histories of North America. Throughout her undergraduate career, she presented research nationally and internationally in places like Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Hiroshima, Japan. Arts and crafts have long been a passion of hers, and she ran her own crafting business for several years during a hiatus from college. She is a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg, and has a deep love for the local community. Her hobbies including excessive reading and spending inordinate amounts of time snuggling her fifteen year old puppy, Rufus.  We are excited to have Hannah as part of the VQM team and look forward to her contributions in the future!  

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Lisa Sinegra joined the Virginia Quilt Museum as Bookkeeper in 2016.

Lisa has a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. 

Lisa and her family hail from northern Pennsylvania. Prior to her recent move to the area, Lisa worked for 12 years as the Business Manager for Camp Victory, non-profit children's camp.

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Christine Schmidt joined the Virginia Quilt Museum as the Marketing and Events Coordinator in mid-2018. She received her B.S. from James Madison University in 2011 and M.S. from East Stroudsburg University in 2012. During her six years in Harrisonburg, Christine has started her own company as well as worked with many local small business, non-profits, charities and start-ups by creating unique and vibrant marketing campaigns. With a passion for helping others and the community at large, we are excited to have Christine join our team with her creativity and “can-do” attitude. 



Ruthanne Logue started volunteering at the museum in 2004, after coming with a friend.  In 2016 she became shop manager, and is a vital part of the museum.  She is an avid quilter and long-armer for over 35 years.  When not quilting she enjoys other hobbies like rug hooking, needle punch, and painting.

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Barbara Roadcap became involved with museum by visiting and wanting information on a painted quilt square.  Since then Barbara has served on the board, at Volunteer and Membership Coordinator, the facilities committee, and where ever she is needed. She is a retired Home Economics teacher and currently teaches Non-Profit Studies at James Madison University.  Barbara loves the museum and serving its visitors! 

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