ATA 2024 Board Candidates

This year, we are excited to share that ATA members Susan Snider and David van Buskirk are seeking election as ATA’s Treasurer and Director at Large, respectively. Please read each of their bios below and vote today!

Susan Snider

Born and raised in New Jersey, Susan’s grandmother was the inspiration for her love of fiber arts; teaching her to sew, knit and crochet at an early age. Susan was a Rotary Foreign Exchange student during her junior year in high school spending a year in Sweden where she learned to weave and was surrounded by a strong Scandinavian weaving culture.

Susan’s varied professional career was in business management and finance for the maritime industry and as an Executive Director for non-profit organizations.  A lifelong learner, Susan always made time for weaving, spinning, and dyeing during her working years studying in Denmark and as an active member of the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut for over twenty years.  Tapestry weaving became Susan’s focus about four years ago. She is inspired by the breath of creativity tapestry weaving permits and is always exploring new techniques.

In 2012 when Vermont became her permanent home, Susan founded Mad River Fiber Mill, where in addition to processing local fibers and spinning yarn, she continued to teach weaving, spinning, and dyeing.  Now retired from millwork, Susan is looking forward to sharing her expertise, enthusiasm, and passion for the fiber arts with the members of the American Tapestry Alliance.


David van Buskirk

David’s professional accomplishments include working as a textile designer in New York City for over 30 years. He currently works in his studio creating art focusing on image-making using tapestry techniques in a variety of mechanical methods from simplified looms to more advanced weaving on a TC2 computerized loom. David recently completed an artist residency at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, OH. He is looking forward to contributing his skills to ATA over the next few years as Director at Large. Read more about David on his website