Board and Committees

Board members are elected by the winery membership to three-year terms, staggered so that one-third of the Board is up for election in any given year. To thirds of the Board of Directors are elected to represent nine regions which are devised to reflect, as best as possible, an equal number of wineries. Each region has one seat, except for California which, by virtue of the size of its industry, has two seats. In addition to the regional positions, six Board members are elected at-large. The State Associations Council Chairman is also a member of the WineAmerica Board of Directors.

WineAmerica Board


Mario Mazza - Mazza Vineyards, PA

Great Lakes


New York

Trent Preszler, Ph.D (Vice Chair)* – Bedell Cellars


Eldon NygaardValiant Vineyards, SD


Rob Ramsey*Stonehaus Winery, TN

Rocky Mountain

Ron BitnerBitner Vineyards. ID


Marty Clubb (Treasurer)* – L’Ecole No. 41


Dennis Cakebread – Cakebread Cellars
Carolyn Wasem- Jackson Family Wines


Janie Brooks Heuck – Brooks Wines


Jerry DouglasBiltmore Estate Wine Company, NC
Edward O’Keefe* – Chateau Grand Traverse, MI
Cord SwitzerFredericksburg Winery, TX
Caroline Shaw (Chair)* Jackson Family Wines, CA
Jim Trezise* – New York Wine and Grape Foundation
Michael Walker Constellation Brands
Donniella Winchell (SRAAC Chair) – Ohio Wine Producers Association

State and Regional Associations Advisory Council (SRAAC)

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Government Affairs Committee

Chair: Michael WalkerConstellation Brands, NY
Carolyn Wasem - Jackson Family Wines, CA
Steve ThomsonKing Estate Winery, OR
Jerry Douglas - Biltmore Estate Wine Company, NC
Cord Switzer, Fredericksburg Winery, TX
Kevin AtticksMaryland Wineries Association
Steve BateLong Island Wine Council
Donniella Winchell- Ohio Wine Producers Association
Debra Dommen – Treasury Wine Estates

*Executive Committee