Board of Directors

Every May the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) Board of Directors meets to elect members of the industry to board seats with expiring terms. The term of office for directors is three years and there are currently 21 members of the Board of Directors. Thirteen (13) board seats are statutorily mandated by the law that created NYWGF in 1985, and there are eight (8) at large board seats. NYWGF aims to establish a Board comprised of Directors representing a diversity of regions, business sizes and models, demographics, and functional professional expertise. 

The NYWGF Board of Directors is a “self-perpetuating” board by virtue of our bylaws. The organization feels that it is important to solicit the industry for interested applicants. While voting is not a ‘right’ of NYWGF membership, we do prioritize being transparent in this process and we appreciate interest in participating on the board. Please note that the applications will all be reviewed, but that the final board member nominee(s) may come from the internal board process itself. 

This year, the NYWGF Board of Directors is seeking applications for one (1) At Large board seat.  We are specifically seeking candidates who are knowledgeable about domestic and international wine marketing,  preferably with a professional background in the industry, possess substantial experience serving on non-profit boards and are proficient in non-profit governance best practices 
Additional qualifications include: 

  • Working knowledge of the domestic three tier system 
  • Experience conducting marketing activities in international and domestic markets 
  • Experience communicating with trade and consumer audiences alike 
  • Practiced in reading and understanding non-profit financial statements 
  • Understands New York’s position and reputation within the international and domestic wine markets 
  • Ability to provide thought leadership, and entrepreneurial and strategic thinking 

The NYWGF Board will review the applications and vote to elect new Board Directors at its May 24, 2022 Board Meeting.

The submission period
has ended.  


Our Board of Directors

Gerry Barnhart

Victory View Vineyards

Oskar Bynke

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

Dominick Purnomo

Yono's/dp An American Brasserie

Kwaw Amos

Gotham Winery/Oson Wines

Philip Gelsomino II

Gelsomino & Co., CPA's

Katie Roller

Opici: Upstate & Metro NY

Ami Opisso

Lieb Cellars

Charlie Marshall

The Marshal

Matt Schrader

E & J Gallo Winery

Max Rohn

Wolffer Estate

Wendy Oakes Wilson

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

Leah George VanScott

Greater Rochester Enterprise

Matt Doyle

Doyle Vineyard Management

Mike Colizzi

Kashong Glen Vineyards

Stefan Fleming

Empire State Development Corp.

Jan Nyrop

Cornell Agri-Tech-Director

Nicole Leblond

NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

Linda Purdy

Pendleton Farms

Julie Suarez

Cornell University

Rob Smith

National Grape Cooperative

Michael Brooks

Bed-Vyne Wine