Meet the Staff
TESS AND TERRY POKORNY opened the store in 2007. They have two daughters, Abigail 15 and Hanna 14. Tess is at the store most days to help you with your sewing questions and fabric selections. Terry is usually at the store on Thursdays to give Tess some time with the girls. He also repairs sewing machines from the workshop at their house.
CHRIS GIORDANO is our child teacher extraordinaire. She truly has a gift for teaching children how to sew and has the patience of a saint! She is also our embroidery club teacher and will be happy to help you find the perfect machine for your creative style.
CATHY KANITRA has been a huge help with customers as well as keeping all that pesky paperwork in order.
KATHRYN (KAT) PAGANO is our Afterschool and Summer Camp assistant. She is also responsible for the wonderful Social Media posting.
DEBORAH FRESHWATER has also recently joined our team. She has over 14 years of experience with sewing and embroidery machines sales. She will help you find the right machine to make your wishes come true and make sure you know how to use it. Terry and Tess are grateful for the wonderful staff and teachers that make Scrap and Sew a great place to be creative!
Meet the Instructors
SANDI SNOW For years, sewing was a casual weekend distraction for Sandi. Now, however, sewing is her passion. Her ideas surface faster than she can sew! Sandi has won several awards, and her quilts have been featured in several magazines and quilting websites. Her kind and gentle nature and her willingness to share her techniques make her classes warm and educational.
TERI MORROW Teri loves to sew and she loves to teach. She spends most of her free time doing what she loves—quilting! Her prolific creativity and warm personality make her classes not only a lot of fun, but also gives you the chance to learn about new ideas and techniques that could only be described as TERI-fic! She is the driving force behind our charitable efforts for Easter Seals reminding us that what we give is much more valuable that what we keep.
ADELINE BRILL Adeline taught herself to sew at age 12 and made up her own rules. Her first formal sewing class was in college where she earned an education degree and has taught many students how to sew throughout her career. Since retiring from teaching, she combines her love for sewing with her love for crafting. She is excited to start teaching the Silhouette Cameo classes as well as Embroidery classes. She believes that every one has a form of creativity in this craft and she will help to unleash your personal creativity.
DEBBIE NASTELLI Debbie has been sewing since earning her sewing badge in Girl Scouts. She became a customer shortly after the store opened and is now the proud owner of a Creative Sensation and Passport 2.0. While Debbie spends most of her time teaching at Pasco-Hernando State College, she has spent a lot of her free time at the store. Debbie is excited about teaching classes at Scrap and Sew.
THERESA CRAFT Theresa has enjoyed sewing throughout her life. First as a teen making clothes for herself, including her own wedding dress. Later, she advanced to Halloween costumes and school crafts; and now she’s a quilter and crafter. As a frequent student at Scrap and Sew with her daughter, Theresa is ready to influence fellow sewers. She is creative, enthusiastic, and excited about teaching. She always says that learning something new each day makes it a good day.
EVA GRONKE Eva took her first quilting class over 4 years ago and has never looked back. She acquired her own long arm machine and has been quilting her own quilts as well as quilting for customers. Recently she has become more enthusiastic about making purses and crafty items and can’t wait to share her projects with you. She is very excited about becoming part of the Scrap and Sew team.
LORI HOENEMEYER Lori taught herself to sew in her early teens. After receiving a hand-me-down Pfaff she began sewing occasionally, mostly items for the home. Less than two years ago she decided to take the leap into embroidery and purchased a Creative Sensation Pro. She made her first quilt and has been hooked on fabric ever since! She loves combining embroidery designs in her quilts and other projects. Scrap and Sew is her most favorite place to be!