Our People

BILL
STOLLER

Owner

GARY
MORTENSEN

President

KATIE
SANTORA

Winemaker

ALEX
FRANCIS

DTC Manager & Winery Concierge

DAVE
RICE

Director of Hospitality

ERIN
LONGMIRE

Wine Club Manager

MICHELLE
FRITTS

Business Development

JENNA
LACROIX

Marketing Director

MICHELLE
KAUFMANN

Communications Director

MINDY
GIMARELLI

Digital Media Manager

JASON
TOSCH

VP of Vineyard Operations

ALEX
MOELLER

Vineyard Manager

TRACY
TIMMINS

DTC Operations Manager

STEVE
CALDWELL

Controller

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.

Under Mortensen’s leadership, Stoller’s production grew from 9,500 cases in 2011 to 41,000 cases in 2015.

Katie joined as Chehalem’s Assistant Winemaker in 2012 and became the Associate Winemaker in 2016 before being named Winemaker in 2018. Originally from Utah, she became interested in wine while attending UC Davis.

With a degree in enology and viticulture, Katie spent several years traveling the world making wine – including a stop at an Oregon winery. During a stint in Chile, she found her rescued canine companion Mani, and finally decided to head back to the states to settle in Oregon.

When not in the cellar or the lab, Katie loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s skiing, hiking, running, or climbing, she is eager and willing to take on the Oregon terrain.

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Kaufmann, a Portland, Oregon native, earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. Prior to joining Stoller Family Estate, she served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board for six years. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Director for the International Pinot Noir Celebration and marketing committee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. In her role, Michelle oversees all media relations and communications efforts for the Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, and History wine brands.

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.

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.

Alex Moeller fell in love with agriculture at a young age and began working on a farm at the age of 13. An Oregon native, he traveled the world snowboarding before returning to the Willamette Valley to pursue grape farming. Alex studied sustainable horticulture at Oregon State University with a focus in viticulture and began his professional career in 2003. In his 15 year tenor, he has worked with various companies that exposed him to many world-class vineyards and different techniques for farming.  Alex joined Chehalem in 2018 where he employs sustainable agriculture as a best practice stewardship of the land. In his free time, he loves being outside in nature and finds Oregon, and especially the Willamette Valley, to be an extraordinary place with stunning natural beauty.

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 is the Controller at our sister winery, Stoller Family Estates, and also overseas accounting and administration at Chehalem. A native Oregonian, he graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining Stoller, Steve was the CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards. Steve is an avid Beaver fan and can be found camped out at home games in the OSU parking lot with his wife.