Meet the Board of Directors

Our three member Board of Directors are volunteers serving for terms specified by the Heartland Threads bylaws.

Portrait of LindaDee Derrickson in a green pasture with her arm around one of her sheep

LindaDee Derrickson


Regenerative food & fiber have been the focus of much of my adult life. I raise endangered, heritage wool sheep and sell wool products from them. Spinner, artisan, crafter, vendor, gardener, teacher, herbalist, shepherd, organizer, & learner are some of the hats I wear. Before the pandemic, I hosted "Second Sundays", an informal gathering with fiber demonstrations, hands on learning & fiber networking. This was a precursor to Heartland Threads.

I'm also: member of Sarasponda Spinners guild, workshop & farm tour leader with Soil Sisters of Southern Wisconsin, former owner of Sunporch Cafe & Art Gallery, vendor & volunteer at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, member of Seed Savers Exchange, and participant in the Livestock Conservancy program- "Shave 'em to Save 'em".

Portrait of Allison Markoski

Allison Markoski

Vice President

As one of the founders of Heartland Fibershed, I promote locally grown and naturally dyed fibers and leather while working to rebuild the infrastructure of a regional textile industry.

My Wyoming Valley (Spring Green) homestead includes a 19th century farmhouse, moved twice by horsepower, and surrounded by mature forest, pollinator gardens, organic veggie/flower gardens, meadows, cranes, deer, and other wildlife.

I'm a member of Wisconsin Farmers Union, Soil Sisters (women in agriculture) and a public defender attorney in SW Wisconsin. When I'm not working, I enjoy knitting, spinning, and learning to weave which my aging housecat thinks is so much fun.