Our People

BILL
STOLLER

Owner

Gary
Mortensen

President

Katie
Santora

Associate Winemaker

DAVE
RICE

Direct Sales & Hospitality Manager

JENNA
LACROIX

Marketing Director

TRACY
TIMMINS

DTC Operations Manager

THOM
SICHTA

National Sales Manager

JON
FOSTER

National Sales Manager

ALEX
FRANCIS

Winery Concierge

MICHELLE
KAUFMANN

Communications Director

GREG
MARTIN

Cellar Master

STEVE
CALDWELL

Controller

TERESA
KAMINSKI

Senior Accountant

Erin
Longmire

Club Manager

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. 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.

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 Direct Sales & Hospitality Manager.

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.

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.

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.

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Thom earned his vinous chops working his way through college and grad school at various wine bars and shops in Athens, Georgia and Missoula, Montana. After earning a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology, a career in wine was clearly the next logical step. Thom settled in Oregon in the spring of 2001 and has never looked back. He joined Chehalem as Sales Manager in 2012 after a decade of winery and distribution experience in and around the Portland area.

Jon left the balmy breezes of the Caribbean and headed straight to wine country in Oregon to take on his role at Chehalem in 2012.

After attending the University of Texas at Austin, he embarked on a journey of food and beverage related customer service jobs in restaurants, retail grocery and wholesale wine & spirits. That journey took him from his home state of Texas, through a 16-year adventure in St. Thomas, USVI before landing him with Chehalem and his new home in Oregon.

When he is not working in the valley or visiting our distributors on the road, Jon spends his time with his wife, daughter and their dog, Ila.

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.

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.

Growing up in the raucous bustle of metropolitan Lancaster, PA, Greg found a more serene lifestyle out west where he attended The Art Institute of Colorado for Culinary Arts. He then hit the trail once again and landed in Oregon where he soon worked his first wine harvest. After gaining experience in New Zealand and Australia, Greg joined Chehalem as a member of our harvest crew in both 2008 and 2009. Greg reunited with Chehalem in 2012 when he came on as our Cellar Master.

Greg doesn’t just make great wine; he brews incredible beer as well. You may also find him using his chef skills in the kitchen or playing drums in his band Weekend Assembly.

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.

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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.