Board and Staff

Staff

Donnell Brown 2020

Donnell Brown

President
Portia Richards 2020

Portia Richards

Executive Services Coordinator

Officers

Russ Smithyman 2020

Chair

Russ Smithyman

Washington

Russ earned his Ph.D. in horticulture from Washington State University, and his M.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University. He currently is the Director of Viticulture for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in Prosser, WA. Prior to this, he served as Director of Research at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Allison Jordan 2020

Vice Chair

Allison Jordan

Wine Institute
California

Allison is Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President, Environmental Affairs, for Wine Institute. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College. Allison and her husband are founders of Giordano Bros., a San Francisco restaurant group.

Dan Martinez

Secretary/Treasurer

Dan Martinez

Martinez Orchards
California

Dan is Vice President of Martinez Orchards and co-owner and CFO of Berryessa Gap Vineyards. Dan graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. He also serves on the California Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board and is a former mayor of Winters, CA, where the family businesses are based.

Tony Stephen 2020

Past Chair

Tony Stephen

American Vineyard Foundation (Scheid Family Wines)
California

Tony serves as Chairman of the Board of NGRA member the American Vineyard Foundation and is Chief Sales Officer at Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in viticulture from UC Davis. Tony and his wife, Nancy Walker, are proprietors of Stephen & Walker Winery, based in Healdsburg.

Regional Representatives

John Martini 2020

Northeast Region

John Martini

Anthony Road Wine Company
New York

Keith Striegler 2020

California

Keith Striegler

E. & J. Gallo Winery
California

Northwest Region

Vacant

Emily Pelton 2020

Southeast Region

Emily Hodson

Virginia Wine Board (Veritas Vineyard & Winery)
Virginia

Southwest Region

Vacant

Midwest Region

Jessica Youngblood

Youngblood Vineyard
Michigan

Commodity Representatives

Juice Grapes

Mark Amidon

National Grape Cooperative / Welch's
New York

Rich Schaefers 2020

Wine Grapes

Rich Schaefers

Silverado Premium Properties
California

Franka Gabler 2020-FG

Table Grapes

Franka Gabler

California Table Grape Commission
California

Dan Martinez

Rootstock/Nursery

Dan Martinez

Martinez Orchards
California

Vicky Scharlau 2020

Vinifera Species

Vicky Scharlau

Washington Winegrowers
Washington

Raisins

Steve Vasquez

Sun-Maid Growers of California
California

Native/Hybrid Species

Andrew Meggitt

Missouri Wine & Grape Board
Missouri

At-Large Representatives

Stephanie Bolton 2020

Stephanie Bolton

Lodi Winegrape Commission
California

Research Chair

Nick Dokoozlian

E. & J. Gallo Winery
California

Sam Filler

New York Wine & Grape Foundation
New York

Melissa Hansen 2020

Melissa Hansen

Washington State Wine Commission
Washington

Toby Halkovich

Demeine Estates
California

Allison Jordan 2020

Vice Chair

Allison Jordan

Wine Institute
California

Marshall Miller 2020

Marshall Miller

The Thornhill Companies
California

Jennifer Montgomery

Arizona Winegrape Growers Association
Arizona

Michael Naito

Allied Grape Growers
California

Anji Perry 2020

Anji Perry

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
California

Jason Smith 2020

Jason Smith

Valley Farm Management
California

Russ Smithyman 2020

Russ Smithyman

Washington

Tony Stephen 2020

Past Chair

Tony Stephen

American Vineyard Foundation (Scheid Family Wines)
California

Jim Trezise

WineAmerica
Washington, DC

Science Advisory Council

Deborah Golino 2020

Deborah Golino

Foundation Plant Services
Sally Schneider 2020

Sally Schneider

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Retired
Judy St. John 2020

Judy St. John

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Retired