Phelps Creek Vineyards
First Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Bob Morus – Board Chair
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 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.
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Kevin Chambers – Vice Chair
Education Committee Chair
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.
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
First Term Expires: 12/31/2020
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).
Jackson Family Wines
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2022
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.
Abbey Creek Vineyard
First Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Education Committee Co-Vice 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.
Abacela Vineyards and Winery
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2021
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.
King Estate Winery
First Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Justin King is a third-generation member of the King family of King Estate in Eugene. In addition to his responsibility for distributor relations, Justin leads a nine-person national sales force. Before stepping in as national sales manager he spent four years managing the Northeast region for King Estate. He is also exploring the winemaking side of the business, producing a limited amount of Biodynamic Pinot noir from the 2016 vintage that will be available only in the King Estate Restaurant and to wine club members.
Before joining his family’s wine business, Justin, a professional fingerstyle acoustic guitarist known for pioneering the 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 and Haiti. An active community volunteer, King also serves on the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council, Square One Villages and FOOD for Lane County
Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
First Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Marketing & Communications Committee Vice Chair
Barbara founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with her husband, Bill Steele, in 2002. Together they grow Biodynamic® fruit and vegetables at their Applegate AVA vineyard and farm, and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn’s estate vineyard. Barbara also oversees marketing, sales and administration for the business. Barbara guided the completion of the world’s first Living Building Tasting Room at the Cowhorn estate. One of only a few buildings in the world to achieve the Living Building certification, the tasting room provides a public space equivalent to the Biodynamic farming method in its performance, purity and environmental inspiration.
Prior to Cowhorn, Barbara earned her MBA and enjoyed a career in public accounting helping companies build strong financial controls and operations. Her last finance-related position was CFO for Academy Studios, a leading designer/fabricator of exhibits for museums, zoos and aquariums. After Academy Studios, Barbara spent several years working with organic farms in California where she developed her vision for a model agricultural business that supports the earth and enriches the local community.
For leisure, Barbara enjoys time with Bill, her home and garden, crafting and the local community. As well, there is never enough time for enjoying the great outdoors with Coco, her newest puppy!
Stoller Family Estate
Second Term Expires: 12/31/2022
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.