30th Anniversary – Celebrating SAQA’s Presidents!

In 2019, SAQA is celebrating our 30th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’re taking the opportunity to remember our wonderful Presidents.


The first President was Yvonne Porcella who served from 1989-2000.

“Taking the Train to Bakersfield” by Yvonne Porcella , 1986 (74.5″ x 70″)

Katie Pasquini Masopust was SAQA’s 2nd President, serving from 2000-2007. While Yvonne Porcella had focused on getting the organization up and running, Katie concentrated on growing the membership. Under her leadership, SAQA grew from around 500 members to more than 1,700!


“Rio Hondo” by Katie Pasquini Masopust, 1994 (54” x 80”) Collection of: John M. Walsh, III Photo: Hawthorn Studio

SAQA’s 3rd President was Judith Content, who served from 2007-2009. Judith’s focus was on expanding and improving SAQA’s exhibitions program. She served as the first Chair of the Exhibition Committee and worked with Peg Keeney, Karey Bresenhan, Linda Colsh, Rose Hughes, and others to develop a strong program.


“Indigo Ice” by Judith Content, 2016 (70” x 74”). Silk Charmeuse, Thai silk facing. Arashi and Itajime shibori dyed, discharged, over-dyed, pieced, quilted, stitched. Photo: James Dewrance

Lisa Chipetine was SAQA’s 4th President, serving from 2009-2010. Lisa’s specialty was technology, and she brought SAQA into the 21 Century. She also created a SAQA wiki and started a wonderful Visioning group to help members achieve their artistic goals.

“Things that make you go Om” by Lisa Chipetine, 2011 (40″x30″).

SAQA’s 5th President was Sandra Sider, who served from 2010-2013. Sandra led a capital campaign drive to set up an Endowment Fund for SAQA providing important financial security for the organization.

“Past Present: Out of the Blue” by Sandra Sider, 2018 (35 x 51.5 inches) Materials: Cyanotype chemicals overall on vintage strip-pieced quilt top consisting of cotton fabrics and cotton blends, cotton floss embroidery thread, Dual Duty thread to attach polyester/cotton binding, polyester batting. Techniques: Cyanotype photograms of rope, hand embroidery as quilting, binding hand stitched to back. Photo: Deidre Adams

Kris Sazaki was SAQA’s 6th President, serving from 2013-2015. Kris led a team of Board members to review all of SAQA’s disparate policies and procedures. These had developed piecemeal over time and badly needed to be reconciled and organized.

Artistically, Kris works as part of a collaborative team with Deb Cashatt: The Pixeladies.

“American Still Life: The Weight of the Nation” by Pixeladies, 2012 (60”x60”). Photo: Glenn Marshall

SAQA’s 7th President was Lisa Ellis, who served from 2015-2018. Lisa’s strength is strategic planning. She built on the foundations created by Kris Sazaki and guided SAQA’s Board through a multi-stage planning process.

“Radiance” by Lisa Ellis, 2016 (80”x80”).

SAQA’s current President is Lisa Walton, serving from 2018-2020. The focus of Lisa’s presidency is on encouraging the global growth of our organization. Though it was founded in the US, currently 22% of SAQA members live in other countries. Lisa’s goal is to increase that percentage to 30%.

“Barcelona Sunset” by Lisa Walton, 2017 (80” x 80”)







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