Andy McVay | Assistant Winemaker at Wine by Joe and Dobbs Family Estate
Andy is a native Oregonian who grew up in Hillsboro just outside the city limits. Agriculture has always been important to him, but a strong desire for science and art lead him to combine these three facets in a career in wine making. Andy graduated with a degree in Food and Fermentation Science from Oregon State University.
Kylene Fickenscher | Sustainability Analyst, Strategic Planning at Ecova
As a Sustainability Analyst on Ecova’s Strategic Planning team, Kylene is responsible for undertaking analyses to identify clients’ risks and opportunities relative to resource management, delivering ongoing sustainability implementation services, as well as developing and delivering supply chain sustainability services. She has a deep knowledge of the sustainability impacts that result from direct facility operations and the larger supply chain, as well as experience designing and implementing sustainability programs for large multi-site organizations. Prior to her role in Strategic Planning, Kylene served as an Associate on Ecova’s Carbon Management team, conducting corporate greenhouse gas inventories, product footprinting, scope 3 carbon accounting, and sustainable supply chain management. One of Kylene’s prior projects at Ecova was an assessment of a regional fast food restaurant’s beef supply chain, calculating the environmental impact specific to every step of the value chain, inclusive of over 80 processes from ranch to processing facility to final disposal of the burger wrapper.
Prior to Ecova, Kylene worked with for-profit, non-profit, and local government organizations on projects ranging from product footprinting to sustainable agriculture development to a regional food resiliency assessment. She also worked as a Sales Representative for large retailers such as Target Corporation and Walmart, gaining expertise in systems-based thinking and supply chain management encompassing both small firms as well as global suppliers. Kylene received her MBA at Portland State University with an emphasis in sustainability and food systems.
Alison Hopcroft | Associate Manager at Fluid Market Strategies
Alison is a Consultant for Fluid’s Sustainability and Carbon Management Consulting Services. Recent projects include sustainability assessments and carbon footprints for private sector and non-profit clients, and a unique carbon calculator for a major qualitative research firm. She has worked with public agencies to provide carbon management for public infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Alison also manages residential energy efficiency programs at Fluid and is a regular contributor to the Fluid Webinar Series.
Alison has a Masters degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus in Sustainable Business Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Bill Drumheller | Senior Policy Analyst at Oregon Department of Energy
Bill Drumheller is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy where he focuses on climate change policy analysis, research, and outreach. He serves as a negotiating partner and staff to the Western Climate Initiative for Oregon and is lead staff to the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Bill provides support on climate change issues to state efforts such as the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework and national efforts such as assisting in developing the reporting protocol for The Climate Registry and the GHG Protocol Initiative’s Public Sector Protocol. He also conducts a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Oregon. In prior work Bill was the policy lead on creating Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
Previously Bill was with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a local government membership association. At ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign he worked with local governments to implement greenhouse gas reduction programs, practices, and policies. Bill also worked at the Maryland Energy Administration, the Library of Congress, and 3M Corporation. Bill studied Physics and History at Macalester College and received master’s degrees in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from The George Washington University and in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.
Gregory V. Jones, PhD. | Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University
Greg Jones is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University and a world renowned viticulture and wine climatologist. His research focuses on the climate structure and suitability for winegrape cultivars, and how climate variability and change impact vine growth, fruit productivity and quality, and wine quality worldwide. He holds a BA and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences. His dissertation was on the climatology of viticulture in Bordeaux, France with a focus on the spatial differences in grapevine phenology, grape composition and yield, and the resulting wine quality. He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations on climate and wine-related research. He is the author of numerous book chapters, including being a contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, and other reports and articles on wine economics, grapevine phenology, site assessment methods for viticulture, climatological assessments of viticultural potential, and climate change. He was recently named to Decanter Magazine’s 2009 Power List representing the top 50 most influential people in the world of wine and the Oregon Wine Press’s 2009 Wine Person of the Year.
John Wallner | Senior Manager, Industrial Sector at NW Energy Efficiency Alliance
John joined NEEA as its Industrial Product Manager in 2008. In his current role, John is responsible for the organization’s industrial sector initiatives, collaborating with industry, government and utilities to create and implement region-wide industrial energy efficiency strategies. John managed the Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) energy management system development effort. He also participated in the development of the international energy management system standard ISO 50001.
He brings a 30-year background in high-tech manufacturing with such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Tektronix, and Benchmark Electronics. John’s manufacturing background spans a wide range of functions, including finance, production, materials, procurement, quality, manufacturing strategy, and engineering management. John has been an Adjunct in Operations Management at Oregon Health and Science University and holds a Bachelor of Management in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. His ongoing learning includes executive education work at San Jose State, Northwestern and Stanford universities.
Luke McCollom | Vineyard Manager and Winemaker at Left Coast Cellars
Luke graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Fruit Science and a minor in Wine and Viticulture. Luke is committed to sustainable vineyard practices and the elemental belief that great wine begins in the vineyards, in the quality of the fruit and in the characteristics of its terroir. He joined Left Coast Cellars shortly after its establishment in 2003 and has worked hand in hand with the ownership family to develop vineyards producing excellent wines that speak of this very special place. Luke’s experience in vineyard management and winemaking stem from his earlier work at the esteemed Harlan Estate Winery in the Napa valley, and in California’s Central Coast at Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles. Luke and his hand selected crew and staff are dedicated to delivering the finest of handcrafted vintages.
Patricia A. Skinkis, Ph.D. | Oregon State University, Oregon Wine Research Institute
Patty Skinkis is Viticulture Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Viticulture at Oregon State University where she conducts applied research and extends research information to the Oregon weingrape industry through her statewide Viticulture Extension Program. Patty also teaches viticulture courses in the Viticulture & Enology Degree Program. Originally from the Midwest, Patty has a BS in Horticulture Science from University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a PhD in Horticulture (Viticulture) from Purdue University. Her current research program focuses on fine-tuning canopy management, vineyard floor management and better understanding components of sustainable vineyard production. In addition, she has worked on developing innovative delivery mechanisms for Extension information, including online courses and learning modules. She works collaboratively with a team of researchers and Extension faculty at Oregon State University and USDA-ARS to build strong research and extension programs for the winegrape industry. For more information of OSU Viticulture Programs, visit http://wine.oregonstate.edu.
David Granatstein | Sustainable Agriculture Specialist at Washington State University
David Granatstein serves as Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for the Washington State University (WSU) Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, where he was hired as the first full-time faculty member in 1993. He has worked on sustainable agriculture for over 30 years, with degrees in natural resources and soil science. His experience spans a number of cropping systems and locations, including southern Africa, Minnesota, Russia, and Washington, Argentina, and Ghana, and he travels frequently to speak on sustainable agriculture topics. His applied research has included erosion control, soil quality improvement, compost use, orchard floor management, biochar, agriculture and greenhouse gases, and insect biocontrol. He has been involved in regional, national, and international educational programs on organic standards, agricultural composting, sustainable and organic fruit production, ecolabeling, and the USDA SARE program. He was a founding member of the Food Alliance, and sits on the Organic Advisory Board for the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture and the Oregon Tilth Board of Directors. David has received a number of state and national awards recognizing his contribution to sustainable agriculture. He is based at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington.