Research Committee

NGRA RESEARCH THEME COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Listed by Research Theme Committee, appointments as of 2023 through 2026

Research Chair
Nick Dokoozlian – CA – E. & J. Gallo Winery

Extension and Outreach
Theme Committee Chair: Keith Striegler – CA – E. & J. Gallo Winery
Maha Afifi – California Table Grape Commission
Karen Block – UC Davis
Stephanie Bolton – CA – Lodi Winegrape Commission
Natalie Collins – California Association of Winegrape Growers
Cain Hickey – Penn State University
Karl Lehman – CA – Allied Grape Growers
Tim Miles – Michigan State University
Rich Schaefers – CA – Nuveen Natural Capital
Patty Skinkis – OR – Oregon State University
Renee Threlfall – University of Arkansas

Genetics and Grapevine Improvement
Theme Committee Chair: Franka Gabler – California Table Grape Commission
Maher Al Rwahnih – CA – Foundation Plant Services
Lance Cadle-Davidson – NY – USDA-ARS, Geneva
Dario Cantu – UC Davis
Luis Diaz Garcia – UC Davis
Dustin Hooper – CA – Sunridge Nurseries
Dan Martinez – CA – Martinez Orchards
John Martini – NY – Anthony Road Wine Company
Matt McMillan – CA – Wonderful Nurseries
Summaira Riaz – CA – USDA-ARS, Parlier
David Scott – Sun-Maid Growers of California
Ioannis Stergiopoulos – UC Davis

Integrated Production Systems
Theme Committee Chair: Melissa Hansen – Washington Wine Commission
Mark Amidon – NY – National Grape Co-operative/Welch’s
Luca Brillante – CA – Fresno State
Franka Gabler – California Table Grape Commission
Katie Gold – NY – Cornell University
Randy Heinzen – CA – Vineyard Professional Services
Emily Hodson – Virginia Wine Board (Veritas Vineyards & Winery)
Joe Juniper – OH – Vermilion Valley Vineyards
Markus Keller – Washington State University
Justin Scheiner – Texas A&M University
Chad Vargas – OR – Atlas Vineyard Management
Andrew Zaninovich – CA – Sunview Vineyards

Natural Resources and Environment
Theme Committee Chair: Allison Jordan – CA – Wine Institute
Maha Afifi – California Table Grape Commission
Megan Bartlett – UC Davis
Imed Dami – The Ohio State University
Jason Londo – NY – Cornell University
Andrew McElrone – CA – USDA-ARS, Davis
Michelle Moyer – Washington State University
Anji Perry – CA – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Kerri Steenwerth – CA – USDA-ARS, Davis
Kim Wagner – NY – Stoutridge Vineyard
Jessica Youngblood – MI – Youngblood Vineyard
Yun Zhang – WA – Ste. Michelle Wine Estates