Leadership

Officers

Lesley Keffer Russell, President

Lesley Russell is responsible for all operations and strategic direction of Saint Helena Winery, a small private estate winery in Napa Valley with wines made by Aaron Pott. Lesley has 25 years of experience selling wine in the U.S. and international markets. She started her career in sales for a Gallo distributor in Sacramento, California then spent 18 years at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Rutherford, California. While at St. Supéry, Lesley spent seven years managing international sales, earned her MBA part-time and became Vice President of Marketing and Direct Sales. She is an alumna of San Diego State University and received her master’s degree in business from University of California, Berkeley. Lesley lives in Napa with her husband, two daughters and Labrador retriever. In her free time, Lesley enjoys tennis, golf, running and amateur astronomy.

Seth Goldfarb, Secretary

Seth Goldfarb, GM, joined the Anomaly team in September of 2007, intending to claim what he believed was his birthright.  Instead, he was put to work scrubbing tanks, rinsing bins, and mixing yeast.  Raised on the mean streets of Berkeley, Seth likes to believe he provides Anomaly with the street cred it had been lacking.When he is not corresponding with the Anomaly mailing list or working in the cellar, he spends his down time chasing his son, 11-year old Everett, while his daughter, 14-year old Josie, works on her singing and acting career.

Stephanie Grubbs, CFO

Stephanie Grubbs, General Manager at Benessere Vineyards & Winery, is a 30-year wine industry veteran with vast experience building wine brands from the Napa & Sonoma areas.  Stephanie has successfully leveraged her California State University, Sacramento B.A. in Business Administration and Sonoma State University M.B.A. in Wine Business in the sales, marketing and management disciplines for brands including:  Robert Mondavi, Sebastiani and Arrowood.   Stephanie  also currently serves as the Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. 


Board of Directors

Patrick Egan

Patrick is the Director of Marketing at Boisset Family Estates. He attended the University of Puget Sound and lives by the motto “Warriors ALWAYS take care of one another.” He calls St. Helena home and has been repeatedly endorsed on LinkedIn for his wine tasting skills.

Rebecca Fine Audiss

An avid marketer, story teller and PR professional, Rebecca has 20+ years of marketing experience in both luxury goods and the wine industry. Since 2009 she has been leading Trinchero Family Estates growing global luxury portfolio including Trinchero Napa Valley, in St. Helena.  When not enjoying Napa Valley, she spends her time with her family in the Colorado Rockies.

Myriah Mutrux

Myriah has been promoted to director of hospitality for the winery’s St. Helena tasting room. Prior to this appointment, Mutrux led the private experience department. Mutrux began her career at Hall five years ago when she was hired as a wine educator. She was promoted to the private experience coordinator, then to manager.

Prior to joining Hall, Mutrux was director of operations at The Tiger Hotel in Columbia, Missouri. Mutrux earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Maria Newman

Maria is a self-starter who loves challenges. She found her way into the hospitality industry working the front desk for Red Lion Inns when she was 19 years old. It was busy and crazy and she loved it.  When she moved to Napa Valley, she began working under the dynamic owner of a coffee shop.  It was there that Maria was truly inspired by hospitality and was taught to pay attention to even the smallest details.  After helping to open a second coffee shop, and having her own second child, Maria joined Blue Chip Cookies where she was able to really build upon her knowledge base by managing 3-4 stores at a time.  She then went from cookies to wine and believes that in wine she found her calling.  With a penchant for providing incredible hospitality, Maria helped to open new wineries and then joined Ehlers Estate Winery over seven years ago. She has lived in the Napa Valley for the past 33 years and has five children.

Jack Pagendarm

Jack Pagendarm is the owner of Korte Ranch Vineyards, which produces old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and olive oil.  He is also the CEO of Superior Equipment Company which is located in Napa.  He graduated from the University of San Francisco. 

Eric Risch

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Eric was raised working in the family residential construction business, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco, with careers at Wells Fargo Bank, the R&D division of Apple Computer, and Medior, Inc. In 1992, Eric founded an internet technology design and marketing firm, Grapevine, and grew the corporation to be one of the top eight web marketing firms in the Bay Area in just six years serving start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies.

At the turn of the millennium, he fulfilled his dream of living in the Napa Valley and moved with his three children to St. Helena. He returned to his entrepreneurial roots to pursue the wine business, and created Pellet Estate, establishing its vision, legal, business and operational components and the brand & wine portfolio, which he continues to expand from its flagship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, to the Henry's Reserve program, an Estate Merlot, and two styles of Chardonnay from the acclaimed Sunchase Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap.

Eric oversees the winemaking direction and portfolio, day to day winery operations, and sales and marketing. He enjoys every opportunity to connect with customers locally and at regional events all over the country, and appreciates hosting visitors for tastings and vineyard tours, often discussing his passion for wine and food.

George Watson

George has an electrical engineering background. He has worked on airborne navigation, interplanetary probes, ground station satellite tracking, testing satellite ground stations, and satellite testing for over 38 years in a corporate environment. He was proprietor of ONE Vineyard and Winery for over a decade, then downsized to just ONE Vineyard, farming 5 acres of Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc located off Ehlers Lane in St. Helena. He has been a Napa Valley grape grower for over 30 years.

Dave Yewell

It has been a very circuitous journey to our home here in St. Helena. Born in Boston, raised in Lexington, MA, educated in Ithaca, NY, married nearly 50 happy years ago in San Mateo, CA, worked hi tech for 40+ years in Silicon Valley and Europe, and finally landed in St. Helena (aka Heaven) with a small cabernet vineyard. In the meantime, I have enjoyed traveling to the world’s wine and food regions with Nancy and friends. We have two great sons and three grandkids.


Emeritus Board Member

David Fulton


Event Chairs

Trade Tasting: Patrick Egan
bASH Public Tasting: Lesley Keffer Russell
Auction Napa Valley Lot: Rebecca Fine Audiss