Board and Staff

Staff

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Donnell Brown

President

Officers

Chair

Jessica Youngblood

Youngblood Vineyard
Michigan

Though Jessica works as Vineyard Manager at her family winery in metro Detroit, she has been very involved in the advocacy of the grape and wine industry in Michigan and on a national level. She was appointed in 2022 by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, served for two terms as a Board member of the Michigan Wine Collaborative and chaired its Cold Climate Grapes Committee.

Rich Schaefers 2020

Vice Chair

Rich Schaefers

Nuveen Natural Capital
California

As Vice President of Viticulture at Nuveen, Dr. Schaefers protects vineyard investments through sound, science-based management practices. He is active in the grape and wine research community, with service on the Board of the American Vineyard Foundation, a commissioner with the Sonoma County Winegrowers and is a past president of the Mendocino Winegrape Commmission.

Emily Pelton 2020

Secretary

Emily Hodson

Virginia Wine Board (Veritas Vineyard and Winery)
Virginia

Emily is Lead Winemaker at her family business in Afton, VA. Her philosophy involves trying to achieve natural, balanced expression of the fruit--especially true Virginia-grown varieties--by focusing on attention to detail and cultural practices. She has served as the Virginia Wine Board's representative to NGRA since 2019 and founded its Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange.

Dan Martinez

Treasurer

Dan Martinez

Martinez Orchards
California

Dan is 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 Fruit Tree, Nut Tree and Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board and Board of the Grape Rootstock Improvement Commission, and is a former mayor of Winters, CA, where his 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-organization the American Vineyard Foundation and is Chief Sales Officer at Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, CA. He holds a B.S. 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

Chad Vargas

NewGen Vineyard Services
Oregon

Emily Pelton 2020

Southeast Region

Emily Hodson

Virginia Wine Board (Veritas Vineyard & Winery)
Virginia

Andrew Post 2020

Southwest Region

Andrew Post

Arkansas Wine Producers Council (Post Winery)
Arkansas

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

Randy Heinzen

Vineyard Professional Services
California

Peter Hofherr

St. James Winery
Missouri

Allison Jordan 2020

Vice Chair

Allison Jordan

Wine Institute
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

Tony Stephen 2020

Past Chair

Tony Stephen

American Vineyard Foundation (Scheid Family Wines)
California

Jim Trezise

WineAmerica
Washington, DC

Kim Wagner

Stoutridge Distillery & Winery
New York

Science Advisory Council

Sally Schneider 2020

Sally Schneider

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Retired

Bruce Reisch

Cornell University
Judy St. John 2020

Judy St. John

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Retired