Tom Danowski – President & CEO

Tom is a proven general manager and operating executive with exceptional experience from iconic global companies including Coca-Cola, Starbucks and the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. He has been in his role with the Oregon Wine Board since 2011. Tom has successfully served as a chief marketing officer and as COO with P & L responsibility for divisions of publicly-traded and private-equity owned companies. His background enables him to build out and lead teams that quickly connect marketplace insights to strategic imperatives and deliver business results.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon and has also completed executive education programs at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Rose Cervenak – Assistant to the President and Board Liaison

Rose Cervenak is a high-energy, dynamic individual possessing a unique combination of skills in executive administrative services, office management and event coordination. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Administrative Services. In 1990, she moved to Oregon with her husband Rick and began working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide as an Administrative Assistant. She quickly proved her skills and was promoted to Executive Assistant, a position she held in various capacities for 17 years, culminating with her role as Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. Rose possesses excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.  She processes information quickly and applies a creative mind to problem-solving; working calmly under pressure, Rose brings these and many other skills to bear in her support of the Oregon Wine Board and the industry at large.

Marie Chambers – VP Finance and Administration

Marie Chambers joined the Oregon Wine Board in December 2013.  Marie brings a breadth and depth of experience in finance and business planning from her previous position at Kiewit Infrastructure West, Co., one of North America’s largest construction, mining and engineering organizations.  Marie grew up in Medford, Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Christina DeArment – Assistant Manager, Trade Marketing

Christina joined the Oregon Wine Board in February 2015. She began her career as marketing manager at TeleSight, a market research company in Chicago, where she led the company through a brand update and website redesign. She offers a diverse background in many facets of the wine industry including: wholesale administration, wine retail, restaurant hospitality, as well as working the 2014 vintage at Adelsheim Vineyard.

Christina graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.S. in marketing and minors in community service studies and Spanish. She has also completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 and 3 programs.

Carrie Hardison – Education Manager

Carrie Hardison joined the Oregon Wine Board in June 2015. She develops a variety of educational content and opportunities including online resources, ongoing statewide workshops and seminars as well as content for the Oregon Wine Symposium.

Carrie moved to Oregon from Sonoma County to attend college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. In 1996, she moved to Portland to attend graduate school at Portland State University where Carrie received a Master’s Degree in education.  Throughout her professional career in education, Carrie has worn many hats including teacher, program developer and program manager. Carrie loves the challenge of identifying community needs and thinking creatively to design educational systems and/or programs to support those needs.

Carrie is a visual artist in her spare time and loves time outdoors with her black lab. She travels back to California frequently to visit family but is always happy to return to Oregon – her true home.

Michelle Kaufmann – Communications Manager

Michelle Kaufmann, a native Oregonian, has been with the Oregon Wine Board since June 2011. She manages all media outreach and industry communication efforts.

Michelle is a graduate from the University of Oregon in Eugene, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications and Cinema Studies. While in college, Michelle interned with the Southwestern Company, one of the country’s oldest direct marketing firms, as a direct salesperson working with rural families on educational needs in Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming. Prior to college, she worked at Freightliner Trucks LLC in the Portland office as a data technician from 2004-2006.

Kai McMurtry – Assistant Manager, Consumer Marketing

Kai joined the Oregon Wine Board in November 2016 to focus on consumer and tourism marketing. His experience in craft beverage, luxury products and community engagement have prepared him to best serve Oregon wine drinkers, makers and gatekeepers. He’s worked the off-premise sales floor, hosted educational tastings, navigated the three-tier distribution system, built brands from the ground up and wrestled with the perfect word choice.

Kai has lived and worked on both U.S. coasts but never felt more at home than he does here in Oregon. In his personal time he enjoys bicycles, hikes and classical music. Kai lives with his wife and their dog Frankie in NE Portland.

Lydia Mullany – Accounting Manager

Lydia Mullany joined the Oregon Wine Board in April 2016. Lydia is a strong problem solving and innovative accounting professional with more than 20 years of experience.  Previously, she held accounting positions in various sectors, where she managed an array of accounting services for clients consisting of corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Lydia strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort zone. Lydia leads by example and is one that rolls up her sleeves to get the job done by finding solutions.

Jess Willey – Director of Marketing

Jess Willey joined the Oregon Wine Board in May 2014, shortly after moving to Oregon from New York City. Her marketing experience includes seven years at Unilever, a global consumer packaged goods company, managing food and beverage brands in the U.S. and the U.K.  Most recently, Jess was a brand manager for wine and spirits importer Palm Bay International, managing marketing and promotional programs for a portfolio of Italian, Portuguese and Chilean wine brands.

Jess studied engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She has also completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 2 and Level 3 programs, completing both with distinction.

When not working to promote Oregon wine, Jess can be found at live music shows, exploring other countries, hiking in the hills, and getting acquainted with her newly adopted hometown of Portland.