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. Three quarters 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 two seats, except for California which, by virtue of the size of its industry, has four seats. In addition to the regional positions, eight 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

Great Lakes

David BraganiniSt. Julian Wine Company
Kathleen OliverOliver Winery

New York

Trent Preszler, Ph.D (Vice Chair)* – Bedell Cellars
Jim Trezise* – New York Wine and Grape Foundation


Max McFarlandMac’s Creek Vineyard and Winery
Eldon NygaardValiant Vineyards


Rachel MartinBoxwood Winery
Rob RamseyStonehaus Winery

Rocky Mountain

Ron BitnerBitner Vineyards
Naomi Shepherd-SmithGrande River Vineyards


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


Caroline Shaw (Chair)* – Jackson Family Wines
Richard Smith* – Paraiso Vineyards
Michael Walker* – Constellation Brands
Dennis Cakebread* –
Cakebread Cellars


Kara OlmoWooldridge Creek Winery
Steve ThomsonKing Estate Winery


Jim AndersonMissouri Wine and Grape Board
Jim Ballard* – James Arthur Vineyards
Jerry DouglasBiltmore Estate Wine Company, NC
Doug MooreheadPresque Isle Wine Cellars
Edward O’Keefe* – Chateau Grand Traverse
Cord SwitzerFredericksburg Winery
Carolyn Wasem (Secretary)*Jackson Family Wines
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

*Executive Committee