President: (2 year term)
Rachel BondBaron: Hi, I’m Rachel! I manage and paint scenery (theater/events) for work, and sew for pleasure. I’ve always been a maker and crafter; I’ve explored many mediums, and have made it my profession.
I was delighted to find modern quilting – that it could be like the modern art I loved, spoke to a contemporary esthetic and was functional. Bonus – there was a local organization of like-minded individuals, the NJMQG.
I am proud to be a part of such a diverse, creative, and supportive group, and I am looking forward to all that we can learn from each other and accomplish together. Organization and motivation are big factors in my professional life and I believe this skill set will help me as the next president of our guild.
Kathy Morganroth: I’ve had a love affair with sewing and textiles for over 50 (yikes, can I admit that?!) years, and I’m still learning things that stretch my skills. I’ve been a member of the NJMQG since its very first meeting at RPS in 2013, and for the past 2 years I have really enjoyed serving the guild as VP. I would like to continue to help the guild grow, diversify, and expand outreach into the community.
Inclusion, diversity, and a supportive encouraging environment are traits I value in our guild and feel are especially important to maintain and deepen now.
Program Co-Coordinators: (in alphabetical order)
Crista Bresnahan: I am a native Oregonian who moved to NJ about 4 years ago, and I started quilting about 3 years ago. I started quilting because I loved the idea of being able to give the gift of a quilt to friends and family at major life events and I needed a creative outlet.
I love to learn and I know I will be able to bring my passion for learning and trying new things to the role of “co” programs director for the NJMGQ. I am excited to see what is next!
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Janet Van Treuren: I am originally from St. Louis but have lived in NJ for almost 27 years. I have been sewing since I was very young, and quilting for 28 years. I would consider myself to be a modern traditional quilter. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering so I tend to lean toward symmetry and balance when it comes to quilting. I have two grown children and I’m enjoying my empty nest with my husband of 31 years. I am actively involved in the worship and women’s ministries of my local church. I have been a member of the NJMQG for four years. I have a small work room in my home, and sew window treatments and soft furnishings for a couple of designers.
Jennifer Ireton: Hello, my name is Jennifer Ireton and I live in Rockaway. I have been a member on NJMQG since January 2017. I have been married to my husband David for 27 years and we have 3 adult kids. I am originally from New Hampshire, but moved to NJ after graduating college. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my oldest child was born. I made my first baby quilt for my nephew in 1994, and continued making baby quilts for several years. Since the fall of 2012 when I joined Garden State Quilters Guild, I have been quilting more regularly. I love being a member NJMQG as I feel very welcome in the group and love to share and get to know fellow quilters.
Most recently I served as recording secretary to the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs-Denville / Rockaway chapter for 2 years. I believe I can use the skills I acquired from that position to serve as a successful secretary for our guild. I look forward to being on the board and helping the guild to continue to serve our modern quilting community. Thank you!
Lenny van Eijk: I was born and raised in the Netherlands, and lived in different countries since my early 20’s. Being asked to transfer to New York for work was a very exciting proposition, and I’ve been here since 2005. 3 years ago my partner Scot and I swapped NYC for Bloomfield, and my shoebox apartment for a house.
My mom, who sewed a lot, taught me how to use a sewing machine as a teenager and I periodically made things in the past. But 2 years ago when I was going through a very stressful period at work I needed a creative outlet. Making a few baby quilts sparked an unexpected passion and I discovered the world of modern quilting. I joined the guild a year ago, and I absolutely love the diverse community. The welcome could not have been warmer, and I’ve been developing my skills in both quilting and designing since.
In April this year I left my job at American Express, where I had worked for 26 years. I’m taking some much needed time off and currently focus full-time on building my creative skills. I believe that my experience in financial services is a good background for the role as Treasurer, and I would be honored to serve the guild in this role to give back to the community that has given me so much over the past year.