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Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Appoints Janis MacDonald as Executive Director

Date: 07/28/10

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) has hired Janis MacDonald as its new executive director, taking over from current Director Kristy Charles, whose resignation will be effective August 1.

MacDonald has worked alongside Charles at the AVWA since January 1, 2010 and will be promoted as Charles steps down to focus on her family winery, Foursight Wines in Boonville.

“Janis has been an invaluable member of our team and I am very happy that she has agreed to take over,” said Charles. “I have no doubts that the AVWA will continue to prosper under her leadership.”

MacDonald has many years of experience in event planning and marketing on both the East and West coasts and currently lives in Comptche, Calif. She works part-time as marketing director at Wild Iris Medical, an online provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals. She was previously with the American Trucking Associations as their exhibits sales and Management Conference and Exhibition manager. The ATA represents the interests of the trucking industry through their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and educational programs across the country.

Charles will continue on with the AVWA as president of the board of directors and will still field press inquiries for the Association. She can be contacted at the Foursight Wines tasting room, Friday through Monday, at (707) 895-2889, by cell at (707) 321-4024, or via e-mail at Her current AVWA e-mail,, will be eliminated after August 1.

MacDonald can be contacted at the AVWA: (707) 895-9463 or via e-mail at or

For more information about the AVWA or its events – the International Alsace Varietals Festival in February and the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival in May – contact the AVWA or visit the AVWA Web site at The AVWA will be launching a new Web site in September of this year.

About the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association:
The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association operates with the goal of supporting the region’s grape growers and wineries, as well as promoting the region’s wines. In addition to acting as a resource for its members, the association aims to better its community by donating funds every year to local nonprofit organizations. To-date, more than $180,000 – raised at the association’s events – has been given to local charities. For more information about the association, its board of directors, or for a list of association members, please visit

Region: California, USA

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