Jenny grew up in Cincinnati, OH where she graduated from Xavier University. Specializing in sales and hospitality for more than 20 years, she is currently the Director of Hospitality for Cimarossa Winery. Previously, she worked for some of the most popular hotels and attractions in the country, including the Indianapolis Zoo, Kings Island in Cincinnati, OH,, and Opryland USA/Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, TN. Jenny also spent 12 years in the mortgage business as a loan officer. She's been involved in animal rescue for two decades, working with organizations such as Nashville Humane Association, EastCAN, and Metro Nashville Animal Control. Jenny resides in Napa with Bunny the dog and Birdie the cat, both who rescued her.
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Vanessa Conlin is the Sales and Hospitality Manager at Dana Estates. Originally from Amarillo Texas, she moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music and performed as a professional opera singer for several years. Realizing that it's more fun to drink wine than it is to practice singing, she switched careers, earning an Advanced Sommelier Certification, and working as the manager and wine buyer for two stores in Manhattan. In 2010, Vanessa moved to Napa with her husband Curt and their darling rescue cat, Ella. All three love living in California, especially Ella!
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Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Kristin made her way west to California after a career as a food and travel writer at the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Chicago Tribune. She has garnered writing awards from many national organizations, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Association of Food Journalists, and three awards from the James Beard Foundation. Previously the Communications Director for Caymus Vineyards and Chateau St. Jean, Kristin now does social media and writes marketing content for wineries and lifestyle businesses. Kristin has been a volunteer at the Humane Society of the North Bay in Vallejo since 2008, also serving on the Board of Directors, and after walking shelter dogs on Sundays comes home to her two rescused cats, Bunny and Squirrel.
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Katie Somple is the founder and broker of St. Helena-based Lifestyle Properties/WineryX Real Estate, a dual-specialty real estate brokerage. Katie is also a Napa Valley community leader and volunteer in her spare time. A graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, Katie’s desire to serve the community stems from the credo “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addition to acting as Chair of the dynamic St. Helena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she serves on the Board of Napa Emergency Women’s Services, Napa County’s domestic violence and sexual assault prevention agency. Katie’s strengths include resource networking, fundraising, and budgets. Her love and reverence of animals push the boundaries of reason. Currently Katie is owned by Phoebe, age 4, and Mae Flower, age 8, both rescues.
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Raised just outside of New York City, Michael attended Alfred University, in upstate New York, and received a B.A. in History. He was first exposed to agriculture after moving to California’s Mendocino County in 1972 by helping a friend on his family farm in Ukiah, where he raised pears, prunes, and grapes. His life has been dedicated to farming ever since. Mike has always loved hound dogs, and after Abigail, his 14 year old Bloodhound passed away, he was able to rescue Betsy and Mabel, two Bloodhound sisters who were found by a game warden in the woods outside of Phoenix, Arizona, in 2004, and they have been together ever since.
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