PTA Board 2016

Mission Statement

Pacific Textile Arts is a 501(C)(3) educational non-profit existing to support, share, and celebrate the fiber arts.

Located at 450 Alger St. Fort Bragg, CA 95437 - the east end of Laurel St., turn left, first house. phone: 707-409-6811

Houses classrooms, a library, gallery, demonstration studios, and sales room.

Donations Accepted


Wednesdays 10:30-NOON Thursdays 1:30-3:30 Saturdays 11:00-1:00

For additional hours call the PTArts phone number - outgoing message has information on contacting board members: Jackie, Nancy or Lolli

Current Board Members

President: Elaine Todd
Vice President: Jackie Wollenberg
Secretary: Karen Inwood
Treasurer: Nancy Denison
Sue Arnold
Ann Brezina
Mickie McCormic
Jennie Henderson
Lolli Jacobsen
Nancy Trissel
At Large: Pavlos Mayakis


Education Director: Lolli Jacobsen
Collections Curator: Lolli Jacobsen
Registrar: Nancy Denison
Librarian: Roberta Brockschmidt
Programs Director: Lolli Jacobsen
Office Mgr/Bookkeeper: Nancy Denison
Facilities Development: Jackie Wollenberg
Publicity: Mickie McCormic, Laine Escola
WebMaster:  NormaLee Andres
Facebook: Karen Inwood; Jennie Henderson


Fiscal Year 2018-2019:
Makiko Tada, Jackie Wollenberg, Adriane Nicolaisen, Mickie McCormic, Alissa Allen, Lisa Grey, Jo Britton

Fiscal Year 2019-2020:
Nancy Kennedy, Sue Luna, Deborah Corsini, Janice Sullivan, Jackie Wollenberg, Ann Brezina

Other PTArts Volunteeers

Programs/Gallery: Eleanor Adams
Gallery: Adriane Nicolaisen
Gardens: Laine Escola, Diana Corbin
Spinning Group Leader: Ann Brezina
Constant Contact Admin: Karen Inwood
Scrapbook: Diana Corbin

Jean Near: 12/31/1914 – 7/14/2019

Jean was born in Ukiah and spent most of her life in Mendocino County. After graduating from Potter Valley High School she  attended UC Berkeley where she earned a degree in English.

Jean married John Ham, a Covelo native. She has two sons, John Thomas Ham, Jr. and William Charles Ham. 

She started her teaching career in Covelo,  then went on to teach in Mendocino, Potter Valley,  Philo and finally at Ukiah High School.  She ended her tenure as the Dean of Girls there.

She married Lowell Near in 1953 and they moved to Redwood Valley,  where Jean achieved renown for the spinning wool  from for her flock of colored sheep.

Jean continued to do Tai Chi, win ribbons for her fleeces, publish her poetry, and participate in a book group until the end of her life. Jean attributed her long life to  “always having a reason to live, even
if it’s just a couple of cats you have to feed.”

Jean’s sons, sister Jewell, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews miss her dearly.

A celebration of her life is planned for her 105th birthday, December 31, 2019 at the Grange Hall in Redwood Valley.

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