Wine Foundation Adds New Board Members
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (Foundation) appointed four new members to its Board of Directors, re-elected five members and officers for 2018. New Board of Directors include Corina Davis, Joe Hattrup, Jordon McEntire, and JJ Williams.
“These four new members of the Foundation board help round out an already strong team. They are high-functioning. They challenge each other but also have trust in each other’s ability. And they are focused on building the Foundation to help address the critical issues facing the Washington wine industry,” said Vicky Scharlau, Foundation Executive Director.
Corina Davis is Senior Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. She graduated from the University of Washington and has a CFP® certification and holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designation. Corina has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years and was named to Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list and to Forbes/SHOOK "America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors" list. She is a member of Seattle Children’s Legacy Advisors and lives in north Seattle.
Joe Hattrup is a third-generation farmer with 165 acres of wine grapes spread over two vineyards in the Yakima Valley—Elephant Mountain Vineyards and Sugarloaf Vineyards. Joe grows 13 red varieties and 5 white along with 20 acres of tree fruit and a flock of Katahdin sheep. Joe has served on boards for Wine Yakima Valley, Snokist Tree Fruit, Solarity Credit Union, and WA State Association Limousin Cattle. Joe lives north of Wapato.
Jordon McEntire began his career with AmeriCorps at a Seattle nonprofit that provided services to immigrant and refugee families. He observed outreach efforts would fail because their messaging and programs didn’t consider values of the target audiences. Since then, Jordon has devoted himself to aligning culture, operations, products, and messaging to foster a meaningful connection with target audiences. A year ago Jordon joined Bleyhl Co-op, where he oversees operations, business planning and marketing.
JJ Williams is the third generation of the Williams family to dedicate his career towards Washington wine, the Red Mountain AVA, and the family business--Kiona Vineyards and Winery where he serves as Sales Manager. As an estate winery and grower for more than 60 of the top winemakers in Washington, Kiona is a common thread in the history and stories of Washington wine. JJ is a graduate of the Washington AgForestry program and a current board member for the Red Mountain AVA Alliance.
Two Board members retired: Bill Shibley of Harvest Fresh Produce and Tom Waliser of Beresan Winery.
Officers elected for 2018 included Mark Wheeler (Saddle Mountain Vineyards) as chairman, Carol Munro (Ste Michelle Wine Estates) as vice chair and Jerry Judkins-Smith (Inland Desert Nursery) as secretary-treasurer.
Board members re-elected included Mark Wheeler, Roger Gamache (Gamache Vintners/Gamache Ag Services), Paul Champoux (former owner of Champoux Vineyards), Jamie Peha (Peha Promotions, LLC), and Sherri Swingle (Consultant, Charitable Giving and Marketing).
The remaining board includes: Brian Carter (Brian Carter Cellars), Stephanie Meier (Stoel Rives), Simon Siegl (Coefficient Consulting).