Management Team

Valerie Schlake, Mid-Atlantic Region

Valerie purchased her first longarm machine over 18 years ago, when she began her quilting-for-hire business—Virginia Longarm Network—in Richmond, Virginia. The business grew steadily, moving to a storefront in 2006 and expanding its services to include machine rental by the hour, unique quilt packaging, and the servicing of longarm machines. In 2012, Virginia Longarm Network became the Mid-Atlantic dealer and distributor for Innova Quilting Systems, the longarm quilting systems of the future. Understanding the need for continuing education, in 2012, Valerie created Birds of a Feather, an annual 3-day event offering a shared learning experience and wonderful classes to all longarm quilters throughout the country. Today, Valerie’s love of the art is stronger than it’s ever been. From VLN’s sturdy foundation to its present day growth into The Longarm Network—the east coast hub for Innova longarms—Valerie has derived some of her greatest pleasures in helping other quilters grow their talents in this wonderful world of quilting. When you see her in the shop or at a show, be sure to stop by and say hello.


Michelle Eno, Southeast Region

Michelle EnoMichelle is an experienced and accomplished quilter whose longarm quilting journey began in 2006 with the purchase of her first longarm quilting machine and continued through the establishment and operation for more than 10 years of a highly successful longarm quilting business. Michelle is a certified longarm educator and became a valued member of the Virginia Longarm Education team, training new Innova Quilting Systems owners and sharing her love for the art. With her keen understanding of what it takes to get a perfect stitch on almost any quilting machine, she is able to guide new Innova owners and customers of The Longarm Network in the art of machine quilting so that they, too, can turn quilt tops into treasures. In early 2015, Michelle sold her business and joined The Longarm Network team full-time as the Director of Sales. In June 2015, Michelle took on The Longarm Network’s Southeast Division with the opening of The Longarm Network location in Greenville, South Carolina. Michelle's years of operating a profitable longarm business as well as her on-going support and connection with our company made her a perfect fit for our future growth plans.


Greg Palmer, Service/Delivery Manager

With his extensive background in electronics and engine mechanics, Greg loves a challenge. Problem solving is his specialty! A born teacher, Greg works patiently and thoroughly with every customer to ensure every single one is set up for success. Although a man of few words, Greg's gentle approach in both first time machine set-up and troubleshooting issues immediately puts both new owners and seasoned Innovians at ease.


Melissa Stanton, Innova Customer Service Manager
and Manager of A Needle Runs Through It

Melissa joined VLN in 2000, lending a hand part-time while her son attended kindergarten; however, it wasn’t long until Melissa was working full time and contributing to VLN’s growth and success. Today, she manages The Longarm Network’s quilting service business, A Needle Runs Through It, and enjoys helping customers choose the perfect pattern to complete their quilt tops. Keeping 3-4 computerized machines stitching, helping customers, and managing the shop keeps her hopping, but Melissa loves every minute.



Innova Sales Team

Jill Churchill, Storefront Representative
Erie, Pennsylvania

Ta Da Quilting Studio
3628 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505

Innova 26” AutoPilot (computerized)
Innova 22” with Standard Stitch Regulation and PantoVision (hand-guided)
Innova 18” with Lightning Stitch (hand-guided)

Wednesday through Friday   1 PM - 6 PM
Saturday   10 AM - 3 PM
Also By Appointment

Barb Schrader, Storefront Representative
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Schraders Fabric by Barb
2078 Bedford Street
Johnstown, PA 15904

Innova 22” with AutoPilot (computerized)
Innova 18” with Lightning Stitch (hand-guided)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday   10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday   10 AM – 9 PM

Catherine Peterson, Storefront Representative
Selbyville, Delaware

Catherine’s Quilting
64 West Church Street
Selbyville, DE 19945

Innova 18” with Standard Stitch (hand-guided)
Innova 26” with AutoPilot (computerized)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday   10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday   10 AM – 1 PM

Dana Brue, Storefront Representative
Thomaston, Georgia

Southern Stitches Quilt Shop
1615 Hwy. 19 N
Thomaston, GA 30286

Innova 26” with Navigator (computerized)

Tuesday through Friday   9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Robin Kaluahine, Sales Representative
Landrum, South Carolina

Elaine's Attic
227 E Rutherford St.
Landrum, SC 29356

Innova 22” with Lightning Stitch (hand-guided)
Innova 26” with Navigator (computerized)

Monday through Saturday   10 AM – 5 PM

Karen Kendo, Sales Representative
Harleysville, South Carolina

Quilting with Karen, LLC
121 Forest Lane
Harleysville, SC 29448

Innova 22” with Lightning Stitch (hand-guided)

By Appointment Only

Carol McGonnell, Sales Representative
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

1573 Bay Tree Lane
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

Innova 26” with Mach3 (computerized)

By Appointment Only

Sharon Sisson, Sales Representative
Sumter, South Carolina

Treadle Pushers
860 W Liberty Street # B
Sumter, SC 29150

Innova 26” with Navigator (computerized)
Innova 18” with Standard Stitch Regulation (hand-guided)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday    10 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday   10 AM – 2 PM