Our People

BILL
STOLLER

Owner

GARY
MORTENSEN

President

KATIE
SANTORA

Winemaker

JASON
TOSCH

VP of Vineyard Operations

TRACY
TIMMINS

VP of Direct Sales

STEVE
CALDWELL

VP of Finance

JESS
SPERA

Assistant Winemaker

CATE
LEVER

Cellar Master

ERICA
MILLER

Viticulturist

DAVID
MEYERS

Vineyard

SHANNON
BERNDT

National Sales

CORY
DAVIS

Director Of National Brands

BILL
HANSON

National Sales

PAT
HILEY

National Sales

BRYAN
SCHOEN

National Sales

CRAIG
HAVLINEK

Sales

CHRISTIAN
BENNETT

Accounting

ALEX
DONOVAN

Director of Consumer Sales

DAVE
RICE

Director of Hospitality

DANIEL
RICH

Tasting Room Manager

ERIN
LONGMIRE

Wine Club Manager

MICHELLE
FRITTS

Business Development

SHANI
HODGE

Director of Consumer Relations

BECCA
RICHARDS

Culinary Director

EILEEN
MCCARTIN

Events Manager

SUNNI
ARMSTRONG

Training & Recruitment

MICHELLE
KAUFMANN

Communications Director

JENNA
LACROIX

Marketing Director

MINDY
GIMARELLI

Digital Media Manager

AUSTIN
RAZ

Creative Director

JOHN
VANOVER

Logistics & Purchasing Manager

RYAN
THORNTON

Facilities Manager

CORINNE
GOSNELL

Master Gardener

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 Oregon, Michelle Fritt’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 enthusiasts, 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.

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.

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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.

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. Degree in hand, Jenna set out to explore the Oregon’s flourishing wine world. She spent eight years working in the southern Willamette valley in various roles within the industry. She relocated to Portland in early spring of 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.

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.

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 the SWG 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.

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