Bill Stoller is the owner of Chehalem. He also owns Stoller Family Estate, a 373-acre property with 210 acres of vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA. Stoller is one of the three estate vineyards sourced by Chehalem Winery for its wine production.
Stoller is the founder and CEO of The Stoller Group, founder, president and vice-chairman of Express Employment Professionals, and founder and CEO at Xenium HR & Employer Services. A native Oregonian, Stoller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Pacific University, and an MBA from Portland State University.
In addition to his duties a President of Stoller Family Estate, Gary was named General Manager of Chehalem Winery in 2016. His tenure in the Oregon wine industry began in 1988 with a nearly eleven-year run at Sokol Blosser Wine where he served as Vice President until his departure in 1999.
Mortensen left the industry to pursue Portland’s emerging tech startup scene and ultimately to follow his passion for historical preservation. After more than a decade blending technology start-ups and documentary film making (Mortensen directed two award-wining documentaries about Oregon National Guardsmen), he returned to the Oregon wine industry in 2012 as President of Stoller family estate.
Katie Santora joined Chehalem in 2012 as assistant winemaker. In her seven-year tenure, Katie has facilitated every aspect of the winemaking process. Her expert knowledge of our vineyard sites and house style made her the perfect candidate to assume the role of winemaker in 2018. In her current position, Katie considers herself a conductor as she empowers her team, ensuring everyone feels happy and productive. Winemaking allows Katie to be in-touch with the grapes as they progress through the season, allowing her to have a deeper understanding of the vintage, and the world at large. Originally from Utah, Katie became interested in wine while attending UC Davis where she graduated with a degree in enology and viticulture.
A native of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason Tosch has made his career farming premium quality wine grapes in the Willamette Valley, most recently at Anne Amie Vineyards. He has served in leadership roles for the Oregon wine industry’s wine research and sustainability focused communities. Jason earned his degree in horticulture from Oregon State University, focusing on small fruits and berries. His high level of industry involvement led his alma mater to honor Jason with the College of Agricultural Sciences Luminary Award for early professional accomplishment in 2010. And, in 2016 the Oregon Wine Board presented him with the Outstanding Industry Service Award.
Tracy began her wine journey in 2000 at Columbia Winery in Washington and became fascinated by the many nuances involved in a grape’s journey from field to bottle. She kept close ties to the wine industry through part-time positions as she honed her sales and management skills in other industries. Tracy joined Chehalem in 2014 as part of the direct sales team.
Away from work, Tracy enjoys supporting her two boys at their many activities, traveling with her husband, and entertaining friends.
After a successful professional hockey career that lasted nine seasons, Bryan Schoen started his second career in wine and spirits distribution in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The transition was easy for him as he fell in love with wine in his hockey travels to multiple wine regions, including Northern California and numerous European destinations. Bryan has more than 17 years’ experience in the beverage industry, most recently working for a large California winery where he led a team of seven, responsible for 324,000 cases. In 2019, Bryan jumped at the chance to join an emerging wine powerhouse at the Stoller Wine Group.
Bryan lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children. He enjoys staying active outdoors and spending time with friends and family. He holds a Certified Wine Specialist accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators.
Bill brings more than 25 years of wine industry experience to the Stoller Wine Group. He has served as past Chair of the Board of Directors as well as Marketing Committee Chair for LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), the leading certifier of sustainable vineyards and wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Bill has held Certified Wine Educator’s accreditation through the Society of Wine Educators since 2007. In addition to his extensive wine management experience, Bill also brings the skills of a winegrower, as Bill and his wife Linda are owners of Libra Vineyard.
Steve, a native Oregonian, graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining the Stoller Wine Group, Steve was the CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards.
Jess Spera segued into wine in 2014 after working in the lab of a large brewery in Colorado. It was an easy transition, especially as she had experience selling wine in a fine dining setting in Boulder and Vail. Jess first joined Chehalem in 2016 as a harvest intern. Two years later, she’s excited to be back as associate winemaker. Jess takes pride in combining finesse and efficiency in the cellar and an analytical mindset in the lab.
When she’s not at work, Jess spends any spare moment skiing powder, climbing mountains, and traveling around the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jay.
Erica has lived in Oregon her whole life — growing up in Dufur. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in horticulture with an emphasis in viticulture and enology. While at Oregon State, she worked for two years in the Viticulture Research Lab under Dr. Patty Skinkis. Projects included Pinot Noir fruitfulness studies, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crop estimate studies, and the Statewide Crop Load Trial.
As a viticulturist, Erica Miller oversees production and quality standards across 585-estate-acres for the Stoller Wine Group. In her role, Erica manages logistics for farming and fruit production. With an emphasis on maintaining and improving quality standards, Erica implements scientific research to adjust farming practices while adhering to sustainable best practices in order to lower outside inputs on the vineyards.
David Myer is a Yamhill County native, fifth-generation Oregon farmer, and second-generation winegrower. He graduated from Idaho State University in 2012 with BAS Diesel Technology focusing on specialty equipment and mobile hydraulic systems. David enjoys working outdoors and finds his job exciting because of the dynamic people and unique estates he gets to work with every day. When not at work, David can be found growing his own Pinot Noir grapes with his wife Heather, daughter Dora, and son Ivan at their Dayton, Oregon farm.
Cory joined the Stoller Wine Group as our national sales manager in the fall of 2005. He fell in love with Pinot Noir during his three-year stay in France, and moved to Oregon in the mid-90s, drawn by the natural beauty and burgeoning potential of the Pacific Northwest wine scene. Prior to joining the Stoller, Cory worked as a distributor of some of the world’s finest wines.
Pat Hiley has 25 years of experience in the wine industry. He caught the wine bug after many years working in fine dining restaurants in New Orleans, served as a buyer at a high-end grocery store, worked for a large wine supplier covering the Southeast, and eventually as a distributor holding multiple senior positions. When the opportunity to join a family of quality-driven wineries, Pat jumped at the chance to work for the Stoller Wine Group. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Gretchen, and their three teenage children. Pat enjoys traveling with Gretchen, listening to vinyl, and spending time with friends and family. He holds Certified Wine Specialist accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators as well as Certified Sommelier credentials from the Guild of Master Sommeliers.
Craig Havlinek has more than 15 years’ experience in the wine industry. His passion for wine began in his early 20s while running the wine department in a local grocery store. From there, he expanded his experience by working for an Oregon winery where he oversaw national and international sales, followed by working in distribution with the fine wine team at Young’s Market Co. where he was awarded “The Best in the West” sales representative for three consecutive years. In August 2019, Craig joined the Stoller Wine Group family, overseeing regional sales in Oregon. In true Oregon native fashion, his hobbies include roasting coffee, brewing beer, talking about all things wine, cooking, and spending time in the great outdoors with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Lily.
A Salt Lake City native, Christian Bennett first fell in love with Oregon as an undergrad student at the University of Oregon. During grad school at the University of Utah, he would often pine for his days back in Oregon, dreaming of visits to the coast, hiking at Mt. Hood, listening to live music, and fully indulging in the food and beverage scene. After graduation, Christian quickly moved back and made Oregon home. He entered the wine industry in March 2017 as a tasting room associate at Chehalem, before his business savvy financial skills were discovered. In September 2018, Christian was promoted to senior business analyst for the national sales team.
After receiving her degree from Oregon State in 2013, Alex started a two-year stint coaching AAU and high school girls’ basketball. She joined the staff at the Chehalem tasting room in the fall of 2014 and has been a member of the team ever since. As part of the sales and marketing group, Alex continues to develop her natural affinity for the hospitality industry. She brings her passion for food and wine to her job, and when she’s not at work, she loves to discover new restaurants, and prepare inspiring feasts for friends and family.
Born and educated in the maize plains of Illinois and Iowa, Dave found his calling in the mid-80s when he met several Oregon winemaking pioneers on a sales swing through Austin, Texas. Soon after, he relocated to Oregon with his young family. He worked as national sales manager for a local winery before embarking on a detour through the world of human capital management, software and professional services sales. Proving you can go home again, he came to Chehalem in 2008, eventually landing in his current role as Director of Hospitality.
When he’s not in the tasting room in Newberg, Dave is spending time with his wife Ann, and their grown sons, Andrew and Jordan. He can also be found tending his vegetables; depleting and replenishing his wine cellar; exploring Oregon’s majesty; watching the Portland Timbers or Trail Blazers, and hanging out with his dog, Serena.
A native of Oregon, Michelle Fritts’s Italian roots serve as her base for wine and culinary appreciation. She joined Chehalem in 2018, utilizing her experience in planning and implementing programs for the Portland Rose Festival, the Seattle Mariners, and small start-ups Sharing Spree and NW Star Productions. Her ability to quickly build rapport in the community and build relationships with both non-profits and corporate businesses made her the perfect fit to manage business development at Chehalem. Michelle is also an avid sports enthusiast, as she sits on the Friends of Baseball board, supporting opportunities for youth, on and off the field. She and her husband live in Newberg and are the proud parents of two gents and their beloved four-legged friend, Zeus.
Daniel Rich fell in love with wine while attending culinary school, where he took field trips to wineries to learn and taste. He started working part-time in the cellar at wineries until he was old enough to join the tasting room team. Daniel balanced roles in direct sales with cellar work, eventually becoming the assistant winemaker for a small winery. In 2013, he joined Chehalem in the cellar before taking the role of tasting room manager. In his free time, you can find Daniel being manipulated by his incredible dog Brenda Lu, exploring the wonders of Oregon and making as much cider as is allowed by the constraints of his garage.
Born and raised in Washington state, Erin relocated numerous times throughout the Pacific Northwest before settling in the Willamette Valley in 2015, where she fell in love with wine country. Erin had been working in the dental field for eight years prior but when she realized she could make a career out of wine, it didn’t take long to jump ship and join the Chehalem family in 2017. Erin is a very energetic and compassionate person, working to consistently deliver the most memorable service experience possible to every person that she comes in contact with. She is passionate about bringing joy to others. When Erin is not in the tasting room mingling with our wine club members, you can find her backpacking and adventuring throughout Oregon with her husband.
A native of Montana, Shani followed her heart to Oregon in 2002. Formerly in the restaurant wine business, Shani sought a wine industry position closer to the “source,” and chose Oregon for its beauty, culture, and fine Pinot Noir. Shani brings us over a decade of hospitality experience in the Oregon wine industry managing tasting rooms, wine clubs, and winery events.
Becca started cooking for fun as a kid, destroying her mother’s kitchen in an array of extravagant sandwich and pasta creations for her friends. It wasn’t until Becca turned 19 that she started down the culinary path. Hostess, busser, dishwasher, waiter, line cook, baker, sous chef, bartender, bar manager, chef, Becca did everything she could in the restaurant industry to learn the business.
After several years of hard work and sweat, Becca gained the speed and confidence that pushed her to move to New York City. In 2010, she joined the team at Recette in Greenwich Village in spite of not having any NYC experience. She then went to Flex Mussels and eventually became the savory chef teaming up with the pastry chef.
From there, Becca realized her dream and attended culinary school at International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) where she graduated with honors while working as a captain at Lincoln. The day of graduation, Becca was offered a job as the Sous chef at the Lion and eventually worked to take over as the Chef d’ Cuisine.
In 2017, Becca moved to Oregon to be closer to her family. Shortly after that, she joined Stoller Family Estate. In her role, Becca creates dishes that showcase the harmony between locally-sourced food and wine for wine club events.
Growing up in Portland, In 2018, Eileen officially entered the wine industry when she joined Chehalem, fusing her passion for wine with her career in event production and project management. A graduate of Oregon State University, Eileen loves to travel, camp at the beach, eat exotic cuisines, watch the Denver Broncos and Portland Trail Blazers, and cuddling with her kittens, Ziggy and Pico. Fun fact: she’s a champion Irish Dancer!
During her junior year of high school, Sunni Armstrong lived with a family that was fanatic about wine from Southern France. They taught her that wine doesn’t have to be intimidating; it should be served on a table surrounded by comfort food and storytellers. With a degree in adult language acquisition and linguistics at Portland State University, Sunni has made a career of blending hospitality and storytelling with coaching employees by putting a strong emphasis on teamwork and education. Currently, she now contributes to the recruitment, training, and professional development of the Stoller Wine Group’s amazing team. Born and raised in Alaska, Sunni’s always up for a hike with her corgis along Oregon’s beautiful coasts and trails – rain, shine, or snow.
Jenna LaCroix joined the Chehalem team in March of 2017. She attended the University of Oregon and first fell in love with Tuscan wine while studying abroad in Italy during her junior year. She spent eight years working in the southern Willamette valley in various roles within the industry. She relocated to Portland in 2017 to accept the position at Chehalem. Her free time is spent planning visits to countries around the world and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with her chocolate lab, Luna.
Michelle Kaufmann, a Portland native and University of Oregon graduate, is the Communications Director for the Stoller Wine Group. In her role, Michelle oversees all media relations and communications efforts for the Chehalem, Stoller Family Estate Chemistry, Canned Oregon and History wine brands. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Director for the International Pinot Noir Celebration and marketing committee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer member of the Yamhill County Tourism Partnership, whose mission is to promote Yamhill County as a premier overnight destination through communication, advocacy, and leadership. Prior to joining Stoller Wine Group, Michelle served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board for six years.
As a native Oregonian with family roots in Newberg, Austin has had his eye on the wine industry for quite some time. Austin has worked for two of the world’s most influential brands at Nike and MTV, and studied New Media Communications at Oregon State University. What drew Austin to Stoller was the team’s vision of innovation and sustainability towards the environment, community, and economy. He is excited to bring his unique perspective into a creative role.
Mindy Gimarelli fell in love with wine while vacationing in the Priorat region of Spain during a cooking school adventure. Raised in Oregon, Mindy spent most of her career in education, teaching Montessori for six years before joining the Beaverton Education Foundation where she supported building stronger classrooms in public schools. At the same time, Mindy spent the last 10 years as a consultant, managing social media platforms for local restaurants, small businesses, and multiple public accounts. With a firm understanding of social media strategy, she left education to follow her passion for wine and joined Chehalem in early 2018. In her free time, Mindy enjoys exploring Portland’s amazing food scene, spending time with her family, and spoiling her Golden Retriever, Macallan.
Born in Santa Cruz, John Vanover spent most of his life in the South. Birmingham, Alabama’s vibrant food and wine culture led him to an 8-year career with a wine distributor. In 2019, John jumped at the opportunity to get closer to the source and to enjoy life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He comes to the Stoller Wine Group with a firm understanding and experience in logistics and operations management. John is inspired every day by Stoller Family Estate’s stunning vineyard and its innovative approach to winemaking.
Ryan Thornton has spent more than a decade working with wineries throughout the Willamette Valley to increase their quality and efficiency with water. A self-proclaimed “human tool,” he enjoys learning about mechanics and how things operate so he can share that knowledge with and help others. This passion has taken Ryan around the globe, building sustainable irrigation systems, and teaching communities how to best utilize them, with his goal of helping more than a million people with their water needs. When not working, Ryan enjoys teaching scuba diving.
Corinne Gosnell is a rare native of the Pacific Northwest. Over the tenure of her occupation in fine gardening, Corinne has transformed agricultural estate garden practices to develop clean, sustainable, beautiful landscapes throughout the holdings of great wine estates across the Willamette Valley. A keen observer of the unique natural splendor Oregon presents, Corinne has worked tirelessly to advance the B Corp model. She is also a talented floral stylist, translating color theory to the landscape with a tapestry of scented roses, shrubs, fruiting trees, and perennials, which will be used as cutting garden on the Stoller Family Estate grounds. While beautiful, the garden also enhances rare and vital insect populations unique to the estate, which Corinne holds so dear as a preservationist of the living environment.