Donna Morris – Board Chair
Finance Committee Vice Chair
Marketing & Communications Committee Chair
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).
Hilda Jones – Vice Chair
Hilda is vice president of Abacela. Twenty-five 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.
Justin King – Treasurer
Finance Committee Chair
Justin King is a third-generation member of the King family of King Estate Winery, just southwest of Eugene. Before becoming King Estate’s national sales manager he spent four years as a sales representative for the Northeast region, based in New York. Justin also participates in winemaking with his limited-production, biodynamic estate Pinot noir called 7 Rows.
Before joining his family’s business, Justin, a professional fingerstyle acoustic guitarist known for pioneering a percussive tapping style, founded and operated Vinegar Hill Sound, a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY. In the late 2000s he worked as a photojournalist in places such as Iraq, Haiti and South Africa. An active community volunteer, Justin also serves on the board of Food for Lane County, his area’s main food bank.
Bob Morus – Chair Emeritus
International Marketing Committee Chair
Robert “Bob” Morus founded Phelps Creek Vineyards in 1990 and is the president of Mt. Defiance Wine Company. The combined companies farm 37 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 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. The pandemic brought about an early retirement from flying B-777s in international operations, but facilitated his long time passion of growing a beard.
A former president of the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association, Bob was recently re-appointed by Oregon’s Governor Brown as a director of the Oregon Wine Board, where he also serves as chairman of the International Marketing Committee.
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.
Remy wanted to be a winemaker at 8 years old, heavily influenced by the Oregon wine industry pioneers around whom she was raised. She worked her first harvest at 14, by 17 was studying winemaking abroad and in 2006 at the age of 25 launched Remy Wines and its sister brand, Three Wives. Always active in her community, Remy has served as chair for the McMinnville Downtown Wineries Association, founding board member of the Linfield Center for the Northwest (precursor to the Oregon Wine Studies Program), founding board member of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association Diversity, Equity, Belonging & Inclusion (DEBI) task force, two terms on the McMinnville Planning Commission, and is in her second term on the McMinnville City Council serving as council president, chair of the McMinnville Affordable Housing Task Force and council liaison to the newly formed DEI Committee. Remy started working with the Education Committee of the Oregon Wine Board to bring Oregon’s first Diversity Survey of the industry to the 2021 Symposium and looks forward to expanding the scope of her work with the Oregon Wine Board.
Education Committee Chair
Born from Haitian-immigrant parents, and a transplanted New Yorker himself, Bertony has found not only his family, but his destiny in Oregon wine country.
An anesthesia technician by trade, Bertony started his wine career like many, somewhat by accident. It was the passing of his father in 2007 that inspired him to take that leap of faith as his family once did in the past with their migration from Haiti to New York. Noting his in-laws had a small vineyard, he began exploring the potential of making his own wine and gradually launched Abbey Creek Vineyard.
Always a student and innovator, Bertony recently produced a documentary called Red, White & Black. The first recorded Black winemaker in Oregon, Bertony began the Red, White & Black journey to help identify and tell the stories of other minority winemakers. As the project has taken shape, more minorities in wine-making have surfaced and an important story has become ever more important.
Education Committee Vice Chair
Eugenia has held many top positions during her 45 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 by serving on the Chemeketa Wine Advisory Committee and the Linfield Wine Education Advisory Council.
Dennis O’Donoghue is a retired experimental test pilot with over 40 years of leadership experience in both the military and civil sectors, including corporate, government and non-profits. In 2013, he founded Celtic Moon Vineyards in Eagle Point, Oregon. Prior to establishing Celtic Moon Vineyards, Dennis held top leadership positions in the aerospace industry, including director of flight operations for Eclipse Aviation Corporation, vice president of Boeing Test & Evaluation, and vice president of engineering for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. His military service included 12 years active duty service as a Marine Corps fighter pilot and test pilot. After leaving active duty, he continued his military service for 13 more years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he commanded the 728th Airlift Squadron and the 446th Airlift Wing. He retired in 2005 at the rank of Colonel.
O’Donoghue’s flying career included experimental flight testing with the military, NASA, Eclipse Aviation Corporation and Boeing. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Royal Aeronautical Society. O’Donoghue was the recipient of 2010 James H. Doolittle Award and the 2013 Engineer of the Year Award. In 2018 he was inducted as a Pathfinder by the Museum of Flight in recognition of a lifetime of pioneering achievement in aviation. O’Donoghue holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, M.S. in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Research Committee Chair
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.