OWB Board Members

Ellen Brittan

Ellen Brittan, Chairwoman
Brittan Vineyards
503.989.2507, ellen@brittanvineyards.com
Term expires: 12/31/2014

In 2004, Ellen Brittan and her husband Robert purchased what is now Brittan Vineyards in the McMinnville AVA. Ellen is a graduate of the University of Washington with degrees in French and Spanish language and Literature and had always longed to return to her Northwest roots.

Ellen focuses on sales, marketing and financial side of the family winery, which procudes estate grown Pinot noir and Syrah under the Brittan Vineyards label. In addition, Ellen serves as General Manager of the Carlton Winemakers' Studio, a cooperative winery and tasting room where 11 artisan producers make and sell their wines. 

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, Ellen spent 11 years in the Napa Valley as general manager of Rudd Vineyards & Winery and then as executive director of the Rudd Group, a portfolio of luxury food and wine businesses that includes Dean & DeLuca, Rudd and Edge Hill Wineries, Distillery 209, Oakville Grocery and PRESS Restaurant. While working with the Rudd Group, Ellen also served as the executive director of the Rudd Foundation where she oversaw the development of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. Prior to venturing into the wine business, Ellen spent 20 years in the Financial Services industry before deciding to give up the corporate world to follow her passion for food and wine. 


David Beck

David P. Beck, Vice Chairman
Crawford Beck Vineyard LLC
503.835.0828, david@crawfordbeck.com
Term expires: 12/31/2016

A graduate of Princeton University and the Johns Hopkins University, David Beck completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His scientific background is in biochemistry and genetics, and he worked for more than forty years in research and science administration. David and his wife, Jeanne, also a scientist, share a life long passion in wine, and they have traveled extensively to visit vineyards all over the world. When it came time to consider their next career (they use the terms refocus and refinance, instead of retire), David and Jeanne chose farming wine grapes in Oregon, whose spectacular wines they had long admired.

They operate the Crawford Beck Vineyard in Amity, Oregon. The vineyard is on a 48 acres farm and currently 15 acres are planted with vines producing ultra-premium pinot noir, pinot gris, and chardonnay. Strong advocates of sustainable farming, the Becks have obtained LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications for their vineyard. David is also an advocate of advancing the wine grape industry through research, and he has been active on the Oregon Wine Board's Research Committee.


Bill SweatBill Sweat, Chairman Emeritus
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
503.550.5900, bill@winderlea.com
Term expires: 12/31/2016

Bill Sweat and his wife Donna Morris are co-owners of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, a boutique producer of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in Dundee, Oregon. Bill moved to Oregon in September of 2006, managed his first Crush a few weeks later, and purchased the renowned Goldschmidt Vineyard in November. Prior to starting Winderlea, Bill acted as interim COO for The Womens' Union in Boston. He spent most of his career in Financial Services, most recently as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Fidelity Investments retail phone center in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Bill also had the pleasure of working three years in Tokyo with Fidelity Investments Japan as Vice President - Regional Operations Manager, helping them to start new business lines and supporting operations.

Bill is very active with his alma mater, Bates College where he recently completed terms as Co-chair of the Annual Fund, and as President of the Alumni Association. Since moving to Oregon, Bill has joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity's Newberg affiliate, sits on the Executive Committee and chairs the finance committee as Treasurer. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for iSalud!, the organization that provides health care to Oregon's vineyard workers and their families. In 2010, Bill joined the board of the Portland Opera.

Bill has a BA in history from Bates College and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and surprised himself recently by voluntarily buying and reading a book on Mycorrhizae, a fungus that colonizes and forms a mutualistic relationship with the root system of its host plant.

Bill and his wife, Donna Morris, reside in Dundee.


Steve Thomson

Steve Thomson, Treasurer
King Estate Winery
541.942.9874, stevet@kingestate.com
Term expires: 12/31/2015

Steve Thomson is executive vice president of King Estate Winery near Eugene where he has worked for nearly 16 years. He chairs the export and marketing committees of the Oregon Wine Board and sits on the strategic planning committee of the Oregon Winegrowers Association.  In the fall of 2013, Steve also represented Oregon wineries on the OLCC's Retail Innovation Group task force evaluating potential impacts of spirits privatization.

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a BA in Political Science and International Marketing, Steve has also attended the UC Davis Wine Executive Program and has taken winemaking courses at UC Davis. He is presently completing a Certificate of Professional Development in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Prior to working for King Estate, Steve enjoyed successful careers in senior management in the restaurant, hotel, and wine distribution industries. Steve and his wife Karen are also grape growers and partners in Walla Walla's 'Octave' Vineyard.

Thomson has been actively involved in the wine industry serving on the Board of Directors of Wine America since 2006, as well as the Northwest Wine Coalition. A member of the Chemeketa College Wine Advisory Board since 2004, Steve helped develop the school's degree curriculum in Wine Business.

Steve has been a speaker or panelist at events such as VinItaly, VinExpo, the London International Wine Trade Fair, as well as the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. In April of 2012, he testified before the US Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Global Competitiveness as the wine industry witness on wine trade in the Pacific Rim. 


Leigh Bartholomew

Leigh Bartholomew
Dominio IV Winery
503.864.4300, leigh@dominiowines.com
Term expires: 12/31/2015

Leigh Bartholomew has worked in the Oregon wine industry for 12 years as the vineyard manager at Archery Summit Winery in the Dundee Hills and as the co-owner of Dominio IV winery of The Columbia Gorge.

After gleaning hands-on vineyard experience in both Washington State and Chile, Leigh studied viticulture at the University of California at Davis. Master's degree in hand, she then traveled the world, working harvests from California to Burgundy to New Zealand. Returning to the West Coast in 2000, Leigh became the vineyard manager for Archery Summit. In 2002, she and Patrick Reuter planted their vineyard in Mosier and began producing their own wines for their brand Dominio IV.

Leigh is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a master of science degree in horticulture. She also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in International Studies with a focus on South America. Her experience includes conducting viritcultural research at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA, as a customcrush manager at Vina Errazuriz and Caliterra in Chile and as a viticulturalist at Cain Vineyard in St. Helena, CA.  

As vineyard manager at Archery Summit, she farms 120 acres of Pinot noir with a style that is a blend of scientific knowledge and experienced instinct. The Dominio IV winery resides in the thriving Granary District of McMinnville. What was once a dilapidated, agricultural storage building has since been renovated into the perfect home for creating and enjoying wines.


Doug Tunnell

Doug Tunnell
Brick House Vineyards
503.538.5136, doug@brickhousewines.com
Term expires: 12/31/2014

Doug Tunnell returned to his native Oregon after a 20 year career in foreign news to found Brick House Vineyards in 1990. Dedicated to growing the three great varieties of Burgundy - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir - the vineyards were first certified organic in 1990 and later Demeter Biodynamic in 2005. Doug is a graduate of West Linn High School (where his father was Superintendent for 32 years.) He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Lewis and Clark College and and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. He served as a governor's appointee on the board of Oregon Public Broadcasting for 9 years and is currently a trustee of Linfield College from which he received a honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 2005.

Doug and his wife Melissa Mills reside at Brick House Vineyards where they produce approximately 4,000 cases of estate grown wine annually.


Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan
Irvine Family Vineyards
541.482.9383, michael@irvinevineyards.com
Term expires: 12/31/2015

Michael Donovan is the Managing Director of Irvine Family Vineyards near Ashland, OR. He holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked to promote Oregon wines for nearly thirty years, as the co-owner of the Chateaulin Restaurant and Wine Shop in Ashland, OR.

For nearly ten years, Michael served as Director of National Sales and Managing Director of RoxyAnn Winery in Medford, OR.  In 2013, He was appointed as Managing Director of Irvine Family Vineyards, a producer of premium Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay. In his current role, Michael oversees the sales and operational activities of the southern Oregon winery brand. 

He has served as a member of the Marketing Committee of the Oregon Wine Board and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Oregon Wine Board for service to the Oregon wine industry in 2008.

Michael has been a board member and past President of the Southern Oregon Winery Association and currently serves as a board member of the Oregon Winegrowers Association and the Policy Board for the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. In 2013, he was appointed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to serve a second term on the Oregon Wine Board.


JP Valot

Juan Pablo "JP" Valot
Silvan Ridge Winery/Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
Term expires: 12/31/2015

Juan Pablo has worked for Silvan Ridge Winery for almost nine years and became the Winemaker in August 2012. In 2013, JP also became the Associate Winemaker for Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Silvan Ridge's sister winery locate in McMinnville, sharing winemaking responsibilities in both wineries. 

JP was born in Mendoza, Argentina, which is most known as Argentina's wine country. He completed a five year degree in agricultural sciences, with a focus in enology and viticulture at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. After graduation JP worked as an enologist for Esmeralda, one of the Catena wineries. In 2001, he came to Oregon looking for new challenges and was attracted by Oregon's growing wine industry. In 2002, he met his wife Doris and both decided to settle in Oregon. 

Before working for Silvan Ridge, JP worked for Willamette Valley Vineyards, Soter Vineyards and Dobbes Family Estate. JP's qualifications include 13 years of experience in winemaking with 16 vintages between his work in Oregon and Argentina. He has played multiple roles in Oregon's wine industry including winemaker, vineyard manager, and educator. He is a well-rounded wine professional who understands the winemaking process from the vine to glass. He brings to Silvan Ridge his strong educational and professional experience but most important, he brings his passion and commitment to make high quality wine.

JP's other passion is to spend time with his wife Doris and his baby boy Francisco. Together they share a passion for traveling. He is an avid traveler who has visited many countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, and the Caribbean. As a good Argentinian, he also loves soccer, particularly his beloved Boca Juniors, and always enjoys a good "asado." 

John Pratt

John Pratt
Celestina Vineyard
541.535.1838, kjohnpratt@gmail.com
Term expires: 12/31/2016

After spending most of his life in education, John Pratt moved to Southern Oregon with his wife Shari Eaton in 2004 and bought 24 acres where he planted a vineyard. Coming from Lodi, Calif., he was looking for a warmer location where he could ripen Italian varieties, establishing a niche relatively untouched by Oregon vintners. Pratt and Eaton grow Barbera, Dolcetto, Muscat, Sangiovese, Vermentino and Zinfandel, which they sell to TeSoAria Vineyard and Winery in Roseburg. TeSoAria has tasting rooms in both Roseburg and Portland. 

Besides making wine in his garage for friends and family, Pratt enjoys walking in his hillside vineyard, pruning, thinning and participating in research projects. Working closely with the Oregon State University faculty at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point, he has expanded his knowledge of horticulture in general and viticulture specifically. Pratt co-chairs the statewide Oregon Wine Research Institute research committee, and serves as president of the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master's degree in English rhetoric and composition from the University of the Pacific. In addition to being a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, he was also a member of the school board of the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, Calif. 

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