Born and raised in Sonoma, Jon entered the family wine business, eventually becoming President of Viansa Winery and later managing Director of wine.com. Jon’s next venture was the creation of Krave Jerky, which was acquired by the Hershey Company.
Still passionate about the food and beverage industry, Jon now oversees the healthful snack products venture, Sonoma Brands. An avid marathon runner, and graduate of Columbia Business School, Jon lives with his wife, Carol and their daughter Alexandra.
Matt Parker was raised in Huntsville, Texas. Matt received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Stephen F. Austin University.
After business school, Matt decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the wine industry and began by dragging hoses and shoveling out fermentation tanks at Chalk Hill Estate Winery as a harvest intern in 2009. Matt is currently the CEO of Silverado Investment Management Company, a wine grape grower. Prior to Silverado, Matt served in the United States Marine Corps from 1995 to 2006 where he was a pilot.
Matt and his wife Melissa have called Sonoma home since 2010. Their daughter Eliza and son Rhett both attend The Presentation School. Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends, the occasional run, and smoking briskets.
Lora Eichner Blanusa grew up in Louisiana and Oklahoma. She arrived in California for the first time as a freshman at Stanford University where she studied developmental psychology. After working for a year in the department of psychology at Stanford, Lora attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a pediatric resident at UC San Francisco before working as a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and teaching on the faculty at Stanford Children’s Hospital. After taking some time off to enjoy her young children and then relocating to Sonoma 10 years ago, Lora now works part-time as a pediatrician at Harvest Pediatrics in Napa and St. Helena. She lives in Sonoma with her husband, Robert, and their blended family. Lora’s youngest, Lily Dominguez, is a recent graduate of Presentation. Lora enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family, skiing and hiking, as well as participating in 2 book groups. Her days of marathon running are over, but she still enjoys running local 5Ks with her mother, Donna, and her children.
Brad is a Managing Director at Vertical Venture Partners (VVP), a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in technology and healthcare companies. He has 17 years of investment, operating, and corporate advisory experience, including roles as an investment banker, entrepreneur, and early-stage investment professional. Prior to VVP, Brad worked with a multi-family office, leading the due diligence and execution of early and growth-stage investments across multiple industries. He began his career as an investment banker at Jefferies in the New York office, where he spent six years in the Financial Sponsors and Healthcare groups on capital raising, advisory, and M&A engagements.
Brad received his BA in Business Economics from Brown University and was captain of the varsity squash team. He lives in Sonoma with his wife Tanya and their two boys, Jackson (2nd) and Miles (Kinder).
Jessica received her PhD in clinical psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Diego Medical Center/VA Healthcare System. Prior to her current position, she was on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD as a clinician and clinical trial researcher for patients diagnosed with a variety of medical issues complicated by trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and depression.
Although a California native, Jessica spent most of her childhood raised in a small ski town in Idaho where she discovered her affinity for the outdoors, adventurous lifestyle, and local community. Jessica’s husband, Joe, a fourth generation Sonoma native, introduced her to his hometown where she immediately felt at home. With the arrival of their first son, they relocated from San Diego to Sonoma where they now raise their three children Charlie, (TPS, 3rd), Frankie (TPS, 1st), and Jonny (preschool). With a passion to support the academic, social, and emotional development of our youth, Jessica ‘s ultimate goal as a trustee is to build on the TPS mission and support future generations.
Sonya DeLuca was raised in the Central Valley of California in a small town deeply rooted in agriculture and farming. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she moved to San Francisco and began her career in medical sales. In 1998, she followed her passion for the outdoors and the mountains to Lake Tahoe where she taught ski lessons at Alpine Meadows and began working for the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. It is here where she developed a love of food and wine.
A veteran in the hospitality industry, Sonya has led the catering and events departments for luxury properties such as PlumpJack, W Hotels, Bon Appetit and The Getty Center. In 2007, she relocated from Los Angeles to Napa with her husband James, where they quickly fell in love with wine country and its small-town community centered in agriculture. For over 14 years, she has served as the Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, overseeing the two organizations’ educational programs, events and fundraising.
James and Sonya live in Napa with their son Max and daughter Dylan, both students at The Presentation School, and their 14-year-old Bassett Hound Lucy.
Bahaneh Hobel is a partner at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa where she heads the firm's Alcohol Beverage Law practice. Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers, and retailers. Bahaneh and her husband Cameron also own and operate Hobel, their small family winery producing high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.
Bahaneh grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in Political Science. Bahaneh worked for the United States Solicitor General in Washington D.C. before attending Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving her law degree in 2001 from Boalt, Bahaneh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced at several established law firms in Los Angeles before relocating to Napa with Cameron, a wine importer, and retailer.
Bahaneh and Cameron live in Sonoma with their daughter Coco and their son Indigo. Coco is a Presentation School student and Indy is ready to follow in his big sister's footsteps when he is older.
Andre was born in Canada, grew up in California, Colorado and Australia, and as a young adult, lived overseas in Switzerland, France and the Philippines. He received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Early in his career, he worked in business valuations, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies. He then moved onto a more entrepreneurial path in sports e-commerce. He created and operated the first online store for FIFA (World Cup Soccer), followed by numerous e-commerce properties for the soccer market (partnerships with Univision and Yahoo), as well as NBA teams (Lakers, Warriors, others), and the collegiate market (Cal, Oregon State, Rose Bowl). He recently sold the majority of the business and is looking forward to a break, as well as his next entrepreneurial venture.
Andre met his wife Heather in San Francisco and they moved to Sonoma in October 2008 with their son who Oliver attends Presentation. Andre enjoys road-riding, backcountry camping, skiing and is still trying to decide if he’s officially retired from his passion, Ultimate Frisbee.
Dot Kowal was born and raised on the east coast and earned her BA in English from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. After graduating, she moved to California to pursue a career in film and music in Los Angeles.
Graduate school and a career change brought her to the Bay Area, which is when she began working in independent schools.
After working in college counseling for a decade, Dot is now the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Her work is and always has been about making a difference in individual lives through equity-minded and inclusive practices and policies. Right now, she also sees her job as fighting for equality and justice in the greater community. She is a facilitator for the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC) and sits on the board of directors of Northern California POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools). Currently, she consults for a variety of schools in the bay area. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and two daughters. You can read Dot’s thoughts on independent school leadership in the Fall 2021 edition of NAIS’s Independent School Magazine here.
Ashish Patel is the co-owner (along with his wife, Sia Patel) of Olea Hotel, a 15-room boutique hotel in Glen Ellen, CA. He attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering. Previous companies he has worked for include Oracle, Inc. and Salesforce.com.
He currently resides in Sonoma, CA with his wife Sia Patel and their children, Dylan (4th grade) and Reyna (2nd grade). He is also a board member of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma County Tourism, and a coach for local youth sports.
Brett Pinkin was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey. Brett received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Pomona College in California and Masters in Professional Accounting from University of Texas at Austin.
Immediately thereafter his passion for wine and financial accounting converged in the San Francisco area as a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Moss Adams LLP, focusing on providing assurance and business advisory services to wine industry clients.
Brett Pinkin and his wife Sarah have been residents of Sonoma since early 2008. Their daughter Olivia and son Sawyer attend Presentation School. Brett is a Senior Finance Manager at Treasury Wine Estates in Napa. In addition to wine, Brett has been a life-long musician and enjoys long-distance running, snowboarding, and family time.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Dana knew early on that she wanted to live in a small town and provide a close community for her family. After Walla Walla (where she earned an undergraduate degree at Whitman College) proved a bit too small, business school at UC Davis led her to right-sized Sonoma where she and her husband, Stephane, have happily resided since 2006. They are proud parents of two children, Lucile and Armand, both Presentation School students.
Dana has been in the wine business for nearly 20 years, mostly in an investment management capacity. She is currently CFO at Far Niente Wine Estates in Oakville, a private equity-owned luxury wine business comprised of six world-class brands, two beautiful wine estates and hundreds of top-quality vineyard acres in Napa and Sonoma.
In addition to TPS, Dana spends her free time supporting her husband’s boutique wine business, serving on various industry committees, visiting her inlaws in Burgundy, and convincing her kids to teach her their ukelele songs.
Heidi (Rogers) Williams has spent her career in the marketing and branding arena, on both client- and agency-sides, in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In that time she has worked across industries ranging from education, with The College Board and McGraw-Hill Companies, to entertainment, with Disney and HBO, to emerging software companies.
Over her last 20 years at Sterling Brands, an Omnicom Company, Heidi founded the firm's San Francisco office during the first dot.com boom, oversaw sales and operations for the growing New York headquarters, and has been engaged in consumer insight, brand positioning and design projects nationwide. Earlier she led corporate brand strategy assignments in healthcare, insurance and publishing, and earned an MBA at Columbia Business School.
Having grown up in the East Bay, Heidi and her husband, Simon, moved from NYC to Sonoma in 2013 looking for a small, close-knit community in which to raise their daughter, Gemma. They found it, centered in The Presentation School which Gemma has attended since kindergarten and where Heidi is active in fundraising.
One of the most cherished core values that are near to Cherise’s heart is her love and compassion for her family, friends, and community.
Moving to Sonoma as a one-month-old, this wonderful small town and community is what brought her back to raise her own family which includes husband Sean, daughter Trista and their two sons Carson and Myles. Carson and Myles are current Presentation students.
Cherise attended Pacific Union College, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda University. Soon after graduating, she joined her father’s dental practice in 2003. A few years later she and her brother Aaron started an additional practice in Sonoma.
Cherise enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She often can be found taking impromptu trips to special places spreading her contagious appetite for adventure and fun to all that she encounters.