Bill was born here on the property and raised on the family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon. He received a degree in business and economics from Pacific University, as well as an MBA from Portland State University. In 1983, Bill co-founded Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately-held staffing company in the world, with over 600 offices in four countries. Additionally, in 2001, he founded Xenium, a human resources outsource company. This business success has enabled Bill to pursue his passion of wine and to contribute to his community. True to his Oregon upbringing, Bill sees himself as a custodian of the land he loves, and cares deeply about sustainability and environmental protection.
As president, Gary brings to Stoller Family Estate thirteen years of senior leadership in the Oregon wine industry. As a start-up veteran he brings a passion for bleeding-edge technology and pushing boundaries. As a devoted historian, he is committed to preserving and sharing our nation’s diversity and heritage. He is also an active foundation board member of the Technology Association of Oregon, and is helping to found “Innovation Academies” for kids. Gary is an award winning director of two documentary films telling the stories of Oregonians who served in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Melissa Burr was raised in the Willamette Valley. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Melissa intended to practice naturopathic medicine before discovering her true passion was in wine. She studied winemaking and fermentation science at OSU and interned during harvest for several local wineries before becoming production winemaker for Cooper Mountain. In 2003, Melissa joined Stoller Family Estate as the winery’s first dedicated winemaker.
In her 14-year tenure with Stoller, Melissa has worked in concert with the vineyard team to oversee the site’s continued refinement. She has helped grow production from 1,000 cases to 60,000 while acting as a steward of Stoller’s legacy.
In 2013, Melissa partnered with Stoller to launch History, a brand dedicated to paying homage to historic vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. The collection will continue to evolve, telling more stories these esteemed vineyards and the people who started them.
Melissa enjoys the creative and natural process of winemaking and the dynamic nature of the Oregon wine industry. The constantly evolution of every new vintage pushes her to learn more about her craft.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Ben received his Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Sciences from Oregon State University. Ben has winemaking experience in New Zealand, India, Oregon and California. In 2015, after climbing the ranks at King Estate, he joined Stoller Family Estate to bolster the production of the Dundee Hills wine tier and build a new winemaking facility for those wine.
In 2018, Ben was promoted to Director of Winemaking Operations. Under his leadership, the winemaking team launch the Canned Oregon and Chemistry brands. Ben believes that a winemaker’s job is to be as transparent as possible and let the vineyard shine through. To that end, he enjoys making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as they lend themselves to this style of winemaking.
Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kate came to Oregon for her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. She studied science and was intending to work in the Optometry field. However, shortly after graduation the allure of the wine industry changed the course of her career, and she moved to Australia to study at the University of Adelaide, where she completed her Master’s degree in Oenology. After a couple of years making Shiraz and Cabernet, she moved back to Oregon to work for Archery Summit, where she remained for over six years as the Assistant Winemaker. In 2014, she left to work for a French winemaking consultancy and is now thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Stoller Family Estate.
Jamie, a native Oregonian, graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in enology and viticulture. After completing her first harvest at King Estate in 2011, new adventures took her abroad to explore the wine regions of Germany. She spent three years living in the Kaiserstuhl honing her craft by learning from old-world wineries, both well-known and boutique. In 2015, she returned home to the Willamette Valley as enologist for Alexana Winery in the Dundee Hills. During her tenure with Alexana, Jamie was able to journey to the high elevation vineyards of Uco Valley Argentina for the 2017 harvest at their sister winery, Corazon del Sol. In January 2018, Jamie joined Stoller Family Estate to learn more from her Oregon wine industry mentors and contribute to the exciting future at Stoller with the team.
Originally from California, Aaron graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay with a degree in environmental science and technology. Shortly thereafter, he found his passion for winemaking while working at Red Car Wine on the Sonoma Coast where he gained a vigneron approach to winemaking. Splitting vineyard and cellar duties developed a deep respect for cool climate winemaking, leading him to the Willamette Valley. Aaron loves the diversity of cellar work that allows him to be a plumber and enologist in the same day. He is happy to be a part of the Stoller Team and the amazing Oregon wine community.
A native of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason Tosch has made his career farming premium quality wine grapes in the Willamette Valley, most recently at Anne Amie Vineyards. He has served in leadership roles for the Oregon wine industry’s wine research and sustainability focused communities. Jason earned his degree in horticulture from Oregon State University, focusing on small fruits and berries. His high level of industry 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 Oregon Wine Board presented him with the Outstanding Industry Service Award.
Erica has lived in Oregon her whole life — growing up in Dufur. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in horticulture with an emphasis in viticulture and enology. While at Oregon State, she worked for two year in the Viticulture Research Lab under Dr. Patty Skinkis. Projects included Pinot Noir fruitfulness studies, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crop estimate studies, and the Statewide Crop Load Trial.
As a viticulturist, Erica Miller oversees production and quality standards across 585-estate-acres for the Stoller Wine Group. In her role, Erica manages logistics for farming and fruit production. With an emphasis on maintaining and improving quality standards, Erica implements scientific research to adjust farming practices while adhering to sustainable best practices in order to lower outside inputs on the vineyards.
A native of Montana, Shani followed her heart to Oregon in 2002. Formerly in the restaurant wine business, Shani sought a wine industry position closer to the “source,” and chose Oregon for its beauty, culture, and fine Pinot Noir. Shani brings us over a decade of hospitality experience in the Oregon wine industry managing tasting rooms, wine clubs, and winery events.
Born and raised in southeast Portland, James holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a focus in sports marketing from the University of Oregon. James worked with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining us at Stoller Family Estate. He fell in love with the winery the first time he drove up to the estate and saw the breathtaking approach.
Born and raised in Colorado, Tyler was first introduced to fine wines while working for Sonny Lubick Steakhouse in Fort Collins. Officially bitten by the wine bug, he passed his level two sommelier certification and then enrolled in the enology and viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College in Washington state. After graduating, he moved back to Colorado and began selling fine wines for one of Denver’s top distributors, where he gained a firm understanding of the retail side of the business. While Colorado is great for skiing, there’s no place like the Pacific Northwest with its vast array of landscapes and outstanding wines. Eager to return, Tyler initially joined the Stoller team for harvest 2018. He's thrilled to now be working with the hospitality and wine club teams.
Victor was born in Bangkok, Thailand and grew up in Thailand, Singapore and the United States. He studied international politics and journalism at Baylor University and spent 30 years working as a journalist for major newspapers in Texas, Baltimore and Washington D.C. He moved to Oregon in 2002 with his partner of 25 years and fell in love with Oregon wines. After covering the industry for 14 years as wine, food and beer columnist, he left journalism and joined the wine industry that he has come to love.
Devin Andolsen grew up in vineyards, helping build and plant his family’s 11 acres in Northern California’s Dry Creek Valley. He has more than 12 years of experience as a wine professional; this includes five years in fine dining as an Advanced Sommelier. He has managed Constellation’s Fine Wine division for Northern California, Jackson Family’s Spire portfolio for the West Coast, and has helped manage a small international distributor out of San Francisco and the wine program at the famed Allison Inn & Spa. Devin and his wife moved to the Willamette Valley in 2014, where they planted a vineyard with just over 11 acres of Pinot and Chardonnay. In addition to being a professional wine judge, Devin attempted the rigorous Master Sommelier exam in 2016. With the support of his wife and encouragement from his two Golden retriever children, he continues to pursue the coveted wine credential.
Elaine is a Sacramento native who graduated from California State University Chico. Elaine loves wine because she feels it’s a luxury that unites people, evokes thought, and heightens senses. She loves to travel and has lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Elaine believes there’s nothing better than enjoying company worthy to share your favorite wine with.
Growing up on our estate, Kyle has worked with almost every department. He helped the vineyard, assisted with building a fence, cleaned barrels in the cellar, organized pallets in the warehouse and treated guests to world-class hospitality in the tasting room. But, it was in producing events that Kyle has found his passion. He is most excited about executing ideas into fruition, no matter how intimate or grand. Kyle enjoys coordinating an ever-changing daily roster of tasks, all of which center around bringing people together with wine.
Adel has been a friendly face in our Tasting Room since spring 2012. Though she calls Portland "home," Adel grew up in northwestern Hungary, which she still regularly visits to see family and friends, and stay current on the local food and wine scene. After arriving in the US, Adel spent 20 years in New York City working in the travel and hospitality industry, as well as the holistic health department at Whole Foods. She holds a level 3 WSET certification and takes any chance she can to travel to new wine regions around the world. She is currently pursuing the French Wine Scholar and continues her wine education at the Oregon Culinary Institute. In her free time, Adel eats, drinks and hikes her way through the Pacific Northwest.
Megan grew up in Dayton, Oregon, watching the wine country develop while she played on the family farm. Megan worked for us after high school during the first harvest of 2005, and has been a part of the tasting room ever since. She currently studies wine marketing.
Becca started cooking for fun as a kid, destroying her mother’s kitchen in an array of extravagant sandwich and pasta creations for her friends. It wasn’t until Becca turned 19 that she started down the culinary path. Hostess, busser, dishwasher, waiter, line cook, baker, sous chef, bartender, bar manager, chef, Becca did everything she could in the restaurant industry to learn the business.
After several years of hard work and sweat, Becca gained the speed and confidence that pushed her to move to New York City. In 2010, she joined the team at Recette in Greenwich Village in spite of not having any NYC experience. She then went to Flex Mussels and eventually became the savory chef teaming up with the pastry chef.
From there, Becca realized her dream and attended culinary school at International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) where she graduated with honors while working as a captain at Lincoln. The day of graduation Becca was offered a job as the Sous chef at the Lion and eventually worked to take over as the Chef d’ Cuisine.
In 2017, Becca moved to Oregon to be closer to her family. Shortly after that, she joined Stoller Family Estate. In her role, Becca creates dishes that showcase the harmony between locally sourced food and wine for wine club events.
Bill brings more than 25 years of wine industry experience to Stoller. He has served as past Chair of the Board of Directors as well as Marketing Committee Chair for LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), the leading certifier of sustainable vineyards and wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Bill has held Certified Wine Educator's accreditation through the Society of Wine Educators since 2007. In addition to his extensive wine management experience, Bill also brings the skills of a winegrower, as Bill and his wife Linda are owners of Libra Vineyard.
Cory joined Stoller as our national sales manager in the fall of 2005. He fell in love with Pinot Noir during his three-year stay in France, and moved to Oregon in the mid-90s, drawn by the natural beauty and burgeoning potential of the Pacific Northwest wine scene. Prior to joining Stoller, Cory worked as a distributor of some of the world’s finest wines.
Michelle Kaufmann, a Portland, Oregon native, earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. Prior to joining Stoller Family Estate, she served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board for six years. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Director for the International Pinot Noir Celebration and marketing committee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. In her role, Michelle oversees all media relations and communications efforts for the Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, and History wine brands.
Jenna LaCroix first fell in love with Tuscan wine while studying abroad in Italy during her junior year at the University of Oregon. Degree in hand, she set out to explore Oregon’s flourishing wine world, spending eight years working in the southern Willamette Valley in various roles within the industry. She relocated to Portland in early spring 2017 to accept the position at Chehalem, and eventually, the Stoller Wine Group. Jenna spends her free time planning visits to countries around the world and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with her chocolate lab, Luna.
As a native Oregonian with family roots in Newberg, Austin has had his eye on the wine industry for quite some time. Austin has worked for two of the world’s most influential brands at Nike and MTV, and studied New Media Communications at Oregon State University. What drew Austin to Stoller was the team’s vision of innovation and sustainability towards the environment, community, and economy. He is excited to bring his unique perspective into a creative role.
A relatively new Oregonian, Kat drove more than 2,000 miles from Missouri to embrace the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. She quickly learned one of the best ways to explore Oregon is through wine.
With a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Kat was the multimedia director for the football program at the University of Missouri and social media director at Oregon State University.
After nine years in sports, Kat brought her digital media and branding skills to Stoller, where she enjoys capturing and sharing the stories of what’s happening at the estate every day. Kat was attracted to the drive for innovation and sustainability at Stoller because it speaks to what it truly means to live in the Pacific Northwest.
Steve has been our accounting and administration manager since January 2013. A native Oregonian, he graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining Stoller, Steve was the CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards.
Charmal, a native Oregonian and Washington State University graduate, has worked in the accounting field for 19 years. Family is the number one priority in Charmal’s life, and through social interactions, she has become a budding wine enthusiast. When the opportunity to bring her expertise to the wine industry, she leaped at the chance, joining Stoller Family Estate in June 2018. When she’s not at the winery, you can find Charmal traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and of course, drinking wine.