Board of Directors

Celestina Vineyard
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2019

John Pratt – Chairman
Research Committee Chairman

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 a variety of Oregon wineries.

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.

Jackson Family Wines
First Term Expires: 12/31/2019

Eugenia Keegan – Vice Chairwoman
Education Committee Chairwoman

Eugenia has held many top positions during her 40 years in the wine business. With a focus on viticulture, she began her career in 1976 with Joseph Swan Vineyards as a vineyard/cellar worker. This was followed by internships in Burgundy, an ideal place to learn the Old World approach to winegrowing. Upon her return in 1982, she accepted the position of business manager at Bouchaine Vineyards and was promoted to president & CEO in 1984. In 1994, she started her own winery, Keegan Cellars in the famed Russian River Valley of Sonoma County specializing in handcrafted Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Her travels took her to Oregon in 2003 where she ventured into the world of distribution and wholesale as the founder and co-owner of Tsarina Wines, a small fine wine distributor based in Portland. She sold the company in 2009 leaving herself free to pursue a lifelong dream of returning to France to own vineyards and once again make wine in the Old World. In July of 2013, she joined Jackson Family Wines and is now the Oregon general manager. Eugenia stays active in the wine community on the Willamette Valley Wineries Association Board, currently as president emeritus, the LIVE board and the Chemeketa Wine Advisory Committee.

Stoller Family Estate
First Term Expires: 12/31/2019

Jason Tosch – Treasurer

A native to Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason earned his degree in horticulture from Oregon State University focusing on small fruits and berries. He has made his career farming premium quality winegrapes in the Willamette Valley having spent earlier years growing florist-grade cut flowers and foliage. Currently, Jason oversees more than 200 acres of vines for Stoller Wine Group.

Jason has been highly involved serving in leadership roles for the Oregon wine industry’s wine research and sustainability focused communities. He is currently serving on the Oregon Wine Standing Committee for Research and since 2006 has served as a board member, past chairperson and technical chair for LIVE, the leading Northwest sustainable wine production certification program. His level of involvement led his alma mater to honor Jason with the College of Agricultural Sciences Luminary Award for early professional accomplishment in 2010. And, in 2016 the OWB presented Jason with the Outstanding Industry Service Award.

Outside of the wine industry Jason enjoys his home life with his wife Aimee and two young children: Olive and Cedar. Home is near Helvetia, OR in the Tualatin Valley. Here he grows a very large vegetable garden and small fruit orchard with a few egg chickens to feed his family year round. For fun Jason enjoys the same pastimes he once enjoyed with his parents and grandparents of camping in Oregon’s beautiful wilderness, skiing its mountains and surfing its unparalleled coastline.

Cristom Vineyards
Octave Vineyard
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Steve Thomson – Chairman Emeritus
Marketing Committee Chairman
International Committee Chairman

Steve was appointed to the Oregon Wine Board in 2012 and currently serves as chairman, as well as president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. He chairs the marketing and export committees for the Oregon Wine Board and is one of two Oregon industry members of the Northwest Wine Coalition Board. Steve has served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa College since 2004. He was also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Wineries (WineAmerica) from 2006 to 2016. Steve had the honor in 2012 of testifying before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on behalf of the U.S. wine industry on the topic of U.S. agriculture’s global competitiveness. In 2013-2014 Steve served on the Oregon governor’s privatization task force.

A native of the Chicago area and graduate of the University of Illinois, Steve has 28 years of wine industry experience, preceded by 12 years as a restaurateur and hotel industry food & beverage director. For 17 years Steve was with Oregon’s King Estate Winery, from 2007 as executive vice president. Prior to that he was a general sales manager and regional director for two of America’s leading wholesalers based in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri. At Cristom Vineyards since 2015, Steve presently serves as CEO.

Steve studied at UC Davis, Wharton, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has been a senior advisor for one of the wine industry’s premier consulting firms. In his spare time, he grows grapes in the Walla Walla Valley as an owner of Octave Vineyard where, with the help of his family, he produces an acclaimed small-lot Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon.

Koosah Farm
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Kevin Chambers
Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research Co-Chairman

Kevin Chambers is a fifth-generation Oregon farmer, born in Salem and raised in Eugene. While studying for his degree in telecommunications and journalism at the University of Oregon, he took a part-time job working at Of Grape & Grain (Oregon’s second fine wine operation). Upon graduation, he took an offer from the owners of Of Grape & Grain to manage a new store for them. Kevin has worked in the Oregon wine industry ever since. After serving in marketing, sales and management positions at some of Oregon’s largest wineries, he purchased Oregon Vineyard Supply and Results Partners in late 1997. Kevin sold both of these businesses to the employees in 2009, and stepped down as CEO in 2012. During this time, he also created Willamette Cross Flow (a high-tech beverage filtration company based in McMinnville). He sold that business to his partner in 2013. In 1990, he purchased the property that would become Resonance Vineyard west of Carlton. He and his family sold that vineyard to Maison Louis Jadot of France in late 2013. They took the proceeds of that sale and purchased land high in the Eola-Amity Hills to develop Koosah Farm, a permaculture vineyard, orchard and pasture operation. Along the way, Kevin developed a keen interest in soils and plants, ultimately becoming an agronomic consultant working in several cropping systems. He has dedicated his professional life to serving Oregon agriculture. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, chess and bridge.

Abacela Vineyards and Winery
First Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Hilda Jones

Hilda is vice president of Abacela. Twenty one years ago she and her husband Earl entered the wine business with the singular purpose of producing fine domestic wine in America from Spain’s native Tempranillo grape. Hilda has a BS degree in biology from Florida State University and a post graduate degree in medical technology from Emory University as her first career was in this arena.

Over the years she has worked at every job in the winery and vineyard including managing the tasting room.  When the Jones’ decided to build a new tasting room in 2010, “it was our goal to make each guest’s visits an experiential one.”

Hilda was also a founding board member of Southern Oregon Wineries Association, served on the board of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association and has served as an officer in the past. In addition, Hilda served on the Winston Dillard School Board for 10 years.

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
First Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Donna Morris

Donna Morris is the owner of Winderlea Vineyard & Winery in Dundee.  Donna established Winderlea in 2006 with her husband, Bill Sweat, with whom she shares management and day-to-day operational responsibilities.  Donna’s primary business focus is sales and marketing for their boutique winery specializing in the limited production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from their estate and farmed vineyards. In addition to her responsibilities at Winderlea, Donna was an 8-year board member and past president of Oregon Pinot Camp and the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association.  She is also a past chair of the iSalud! Pinot noir Auction which provides the funds for healthcare services to Oregon’s vineyard workers and their families.  Donna is a founding member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for Women of Boston College.  Donna is a graduate of Boston College where she earned a BA in Economics and Political Science in 1981.

Prior to starting Winderlea, Donna was an executive vice president at Fidelity Investments in Boston, responsible for product management and marketing for the company’s institutional brokerage division (National Financial Services).  During her 24-year career, Donna held the positions of branch manager in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. and later became responsible for all branches in the Eastern Region. Donna moved from Fidelity’s distribution channels in 1992 to become senior vice president of Product Development and Marketing for Fidelity’s retail brokerage business.  In 1997 she was named Executive Vice President of Fidelity Brokerage Services, Japan LLC.  The first woman to be admitted to the Japan Securities Dealer Association, her role encompassed the development and management of Fidelity’s direct retail business as well as marketing, product development, and communications for the whole of Fidelity’s operation in Japan.

Phelps Creek Vineyards
First Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Bob Morus

Robert “Bob” Morus founded Phelps Creek Vineyards in 1990, and is the president of Mt. Defiance Wine Company. The combined companies farm 49 acres of wine grapes on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia Gorge AVA, producing just under 6,000 cases of wine annually.

A native of New York, Bob was raised in Northern California, receiving a B.S. in Aeronautics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Industry and Technology from Northern Illinois University. He earned his wings in the Air Force and served as a transport pilot before joining Delta Air Lines in 1985. Bob currently commands B-777s in international operations when away from the vineyard. A former president of the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association, Bob also served on the Oregon Winegrowers Association Strategic Planning Committee and on the OWSCR committee of the Oregon Wine Board. Additionally, he is a past executive vice president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International.

Bob and his wife Lynette live on their vineyard in Hood River with Rosie their chocolate lab, a trio of cats and abundant wild critters.

Silvan Ridge Winery/Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Juan Pablo (JP) Valot
Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research Co-Chairman

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.”

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