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Karen Alary, Secretary
Karen is managing partner of Santa Rosa-based The Personnel Perspective, an HR consulting, training and recruiting firm, where she is responsible for all aspects of the business: from the day-to-day operations to the strategic initiatives and long-term goals. She has previously served as Trustee Committee Chair and Secretary for The Healdsburg School, as past president of PASCO-HR, and currently serves on the leadership council for Sonoma Humane Society. Karen works with companies of varying sizes and in many industries, assisting in HR matters and acting as a confidential business advisor and coach.
Jackie Egidio, Forums Director and Co-Founder
has been the Finance Director for Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma for more than three years. Prior to her tenure at Ram’s Gate, she also oversaw finances at Robert Craig Winery and served as Accounting Manager at Edna Valley Vineyard. Jackie served as CFO for Women for WineSense’s National Board of Directors, beginning in early 2007, in addition to participating on two of the Napa-Sonoma chapter’s roundtables, Human Resources and Finance & Accounting. She has also served on the Napa-Sonoma Board of Directors recently as Secretary, then Treasurer, and finally, Professional Development Director. In between all these duties, Jackie has begun the introductory level of the Guild of Sommeliers.
Irina Kassil, C.P.A., M.S.T, Treasurer
Irina has been working in the Bay Area for the last 20 years and holds CPA license with the State of California. She has a Master’s Degree in Tax Law from Golden Gate University. In her private practice, she specializes in tax strategy and solutions, offering a broad range of tax expertise to business owners and self-employed individuals. She has over 10 years of experience working with non-for-profit organizations, including serving as Treasurer-Elect and Treasurer at the Junior League of San Francisco and was a member of JLSF Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She’s an active member of the California Society of CPA and Business Network International (BNI). She is also the Treasurer/Secretary of BNI Sonoma Chapter and a member of COO Forum, Marin Chapter. She loves to travel around the world, meet a new people and explore the new culture.
Marcia Macomber, Marketing Director and Co-Founder
Marcia has served as Creator-in-Chief for Cornucopia Creations, her marketing and graphic design firm, for 20 years. Current and past clients include large corporations, such as ClosetMaid, to small entrepreneurs, including gourmet chefs, wholesale manufacturers, contractors, CPAs, small wineries, bookkeepers, business coaches and sculptors. During the past five years, she served as Communications Director for the Napa-Sonoma Women for WineSense chapter and then Marketing Director. In addition to her marketing and design work, she hosts “The Morning Show” on Sonoma’s KSVY 91.3 FM radio on Mondays. She has been a past president and member of Business Network International (BNI) for more nearly eight years.
Christine L. Mueller, President and Co-Founder
Chris has worked with Fortune 500 companies and has been the CEO of Marketing Made Simple/2Alibis LLC since 1999, with more than 25 years in advertising, media sales and marketing. Since the mid-90s, she has worked with wineries and hospitality-focused businesses to help them raise their visibility through web strategies, print advertising, PR and broadcast. Chris served as the president of the Napa-Sonoma Women for WineSense chapter from 2006-2015. She is a current member of SFSU Hospitality and Tourism Management department’s Advisory Board, and delivered the commencement speech in May 2012. She has an Advanced Certificate from WSET, and serves as the Brand Ambassador for Spann Vineyards.
Ellen Reich Luchtel, Special Counsel to the Board and Co-Founder
Ellen is owner and vintner, with her husband Gary Luchtel, of Fortunati Vineyards in Napa, where they grow and make stunning wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Syrah and many others. Ellen is an active member of CANVAS, Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa County Farm Bureau, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA and the Junior League of San Francisco. And she served as Membership Director of the Napa – Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense for more than five years.
Cathi Wastal, Membership Director
After spending 25+ years in the High Tech Industry and moving around the West Coast, Cathi decided to move to Napa to join her family. After several new adventures Cathi settled in to work with Media companies specifically in the Wine Industry. She has worked for Touring & Tasting, 7X7, VERY NAPA VALLEY and ultimately leading to General Manager/Publisher at Wine Country Publications, which are Wine Country This Week, Wine Country This Month, VERY NAPA VALLEY, Sonoma County Day Trips and Latitude 35. She is also a current Director on the Arts Council Napa Valley.