RVVA Board of Directors

Susanne Sapier

President

Vineyard Grant James
president@rvva.org

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Susanne has always had a passion for good wine and great fun. In late 2008 she decided to buy a piece of property in Ramona, Ca and start a vineyard. Just 3 weeks later, in early 2009, they planted their first vine on the property. While waiting for the new vines to produce good grapes, Susanne started wine-making right away. In 2011, she started using her estate grapes to make her wine. In 2013 she opened the Vineyard Grant James tasting room to the public and to this day, she loves to see people enjoying her wine and the atmosphere of a boutique winery in the Ramona valley. The winery is named after Susanne’s son Grant, and her father James. Their family owned winery and vineyard is growing, but will always have a small, community feel to the business. Susanne very much enjoys crafting wine and experimenting with blends.

Dave Billick

Vice President

Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine
vp@rvva.org

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Dave currently serves as RVVA Vice President. He actively works to grow the wine industry in Ramona Valley as well as Highland Hills and has done so since 2006. He also is co-owner and VP of Marketing of Ramona Gold Olive Oil Co., Creative Director and co-founding Board member of the Ramona Art and Wine Festival as well as maintaining a constant involvement with the development and expansion of Ramona’s local events.

Tricia Pogue

Treasurer

Virginia Boney

Secretary

Rancho San Martin Vineyard
secretary@rvva.org

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Virginia (Ginny) has been a member of the RVVA for 8 years. She and her husband Gary own Rancho San Martin vineyard on the west end of Ramona where they have been growing Sangiovese and Tempranillo. They started making wine in 2016. “I am excited about the growth of this industry in Ramona; there are some extraordinary grapes growers and wine makers here in Ramona; and I am fortunate to be connected to so many talented folks.” Virginia joined the RVVA board in 2018.

Carol S. Williams

Membership Director

membership@rvva.org

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Carol joined the RVVA Board in July 2018. She recently retired after 28 years as a senior executive with United Way. Carol loves life in Ramona and enjoys the unique vineyard and winery culture that is so abundant here. Carol and her husband planted one acre of land under vines Spring 2018 and look forward to the adventures they will bring.

Teri Kerns

Programs Director

Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery
programs@rvva.org

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Originally from the Oregon Coast, Teri and her husband Micole moved to Ramona in 2004 after her naval service, which was followed by a career in business development in the Health Care industry, which she left in 2021. They started making wine in 2005, and in 2006 planted their first vineyard, Ramona Ranch Winery has focused on sustainability since its inception in 2004 and is San Diego County’s only Certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery, a distinction they obtained in 2017. With horses, goats, chickens, and dogs and cats, they’ve created a home in the Country. They’ve planted an insectary, which invites beneficial bugs and birds to improve the biodiversity of the farm, recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, in addition to their sustainable certification.

They specialize in vineyard-specific, single varietal wines, like their Estate Tannat and Sangiovese, and their Super Tuscan Blend was awarded a Gold Medal at the Sunset International Wine Competition.

Her role is developing their business, including obtaining their winery bond and licensing as a commercial winery and overseeing the tasting room, while handling the marketing and sales necessary to grow their business. Working to continually improve their sustainability, they use native cover crops, have owl boxes, and do not use herbicides on their property, believing that allowing nature to thrive will create the balance they seek in both their wines, as well as their lives.

Teri has an MBA, and recently obtained her Level Two WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Certificate.

Robin Dohrn-Simpson

Marketing Director

marketing@rvva.org

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Bio coming soon!

Dr. Bob Argyelan

Resource Development Director

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Dr. Bob has been active in the Ramona community since moving here in 1999. He served as the President of the San Diego Country Estates while managing an active healthcare practice from which he retired in 2014. He unretired to become the Executive Director of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce where he served until becoming the Chief Executive Officer for the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the City of William’s Director of Tourism until retiring again. Upon returning to Ramona, he has been active in Ramona’s wine industry while also serving as the GM for Hidden Valley Ranch Nursery and its traumatic brain injury rehabilitation program.

Sue Robinson

Hospitality Director

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Bio coming soon!