The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is operated by working board members, volunteers and a graduate student from the University of West Georgia who serves as the Daily Operations Manager.
The SQTM Board
President, Marilyn Hubbard grew up in Carrollton and graduated from Carrollton High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and an additional Elementary Education degree from Emory. She taught grades 3-7 for five years and held numerous volunteer positions while raising 3 children. She worked as an antiques dealer for ten years and as a handbag designer, developer and salesperson for five years. She later obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from the University of West Georgia and is an active artist. Hubbard is a member of First Methodist Church, wife of Dr. Charles Hubbard, and grandmother of three.
Dr. Leslie Cottrell received her Bachelor of Arts (Biology/Chemistry) from Converse College followed by her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. She is a board-certified Family Doctor and Director of Health Services at University of West Georgia since 1999. She first learned to quilt from her Great-Aunt Betty Schoolcraft when she did a 3 month rotation in the mountains of West Virginia as a junior med student. Leslie has been quilting ever since and enjoys a wide variety of projects from full quilts to quilted clothes. She organized both sides of her family to make baby quilts for each of the 25 grandchildren by the women of the family. Leslie is married to Dr. Gary Cottrell; they have two college-age daughters, Lara and Georgia.
Treasurer, Jane Garrett, a recent transplant to Carrollton, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri and an Masters Business Administration from Kansas State University prior to a 20 year career with Edward Jones Investments. She has inherited and collected quilts through the years and now in retirement has time to sew them herself.
Cyndi Hilliard earned a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Vermont and completed a Dietetic Internship at St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has held several leadership positions in her field, including President of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Cyndi still enjoys working professionally – on an occasional basis as a consultant to Senior Living Communities. She learned to sew from her mother and grandmother and was inspired to start quilting when her grandmother’s house was being readied for sale and she rescued two quilt tops pieced by her great grandmother from the trash. Cyndi has two children and four grandchildren – all living in Alabama. She is currently Newsletter Editor and Past President of the West Georgia Quilters Guild.
Dr. Ann McCleary received her Ph. D. from Brown and currently works as a professor at the University of West Georgia and Director of the Center for Public History. Dr. McCleary’s research interests focus on American social and cultural history, especially material culture, vernacular architecture, women’s history, rural history, American folklife, and oral history. Her current interests are in twentieth-century rural life; she is working on a book examining the impact of the home demonstration movement on rural women and housing in Virginia during the 1920s and 1930s. Dr. McCleary coordinates the Public History program and the Museum Studies Certificate program. She co-teaches the courses in Museum Studies at the Atlanta History Center, having worked for many years in the museum community in Virginia and as more recently as a museum consultant. In her role as Director of the Center for Public History, McCleary has overseen a variety of research projects focusing on the history and culture of the Georgia Piedmont. She directs an on-going oral history program of this region and is currently directing grants documenting both music and baking traditions.
Secretary, Ginny McGee grew up in the Atlanta area and moved to Carrollton in 1971. She has a Bachelor of Arts in from LaGrange College and a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Georgia. She taught for several years at Oak Mountain Academy, served as office manager of her husband’s veterinary practice, and volunteered with community organizations. She is active in the local Master Gardener association and enjoys travel, bridge, reading and fiber arts, especially spinning, knitting and quilting.
Sarah Duffey grew up in Carroll County watching her mother and grandmothers sew and quilt. Sarah attended the University of West Georgia where she earned a Bachelor and Masters in Early Childhood Education. After teaching at Central Elementary for 17 years, she also earned a certification as a Library/Media Specialist and began her work in the media center at Bowdon Elementary. Sarah has been quilting since 1981. In recent years she has made hundreds of memory and t-shirt quilts for friends and family. She is a member of the West Georgia Quilting Guild. Since retiring from education in 2016, Sarah has begun making art quilts. She is married to Eddie Duffey and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Patsy Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College, majoring in Economics and Mathematics. She is retired from the University of West Georgia where she last served as the Director of Budgets. With a Mother who was a home economics teacher, Patsy grew up sewing and knitting, and many other crafts involving textiles. Although Patsy’s grandmother was an avid quilter, it wasn’t until taking a beginner’s quilting class at the museum a few years ago that her love of making quilts began. Patsy is currently the President of the West Georgia Quilters Guild. Patsy is married to Robert Barr. Besides quilting, she loves to read and garden.