The Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Board is comprised of nine volunteer Commissioners and an additional nine Alternates.  The Board supports the Commission’s new mission statement:

“To empower all Lodi Crush District 11 winegrowers and serve their common interests to enhance the profitability of winegrape production through promotion, research, and education.”

We’d like to thank exiting Board members John Anagnos, Triana Berryhill, Pieter den Hartog, Craig Ledbetter, and Jason Spaletta for their service.  It takes a lot of dedication to serve on the Commission Board and we are very grateful for the generosity of your time and leadership.

Please join us in welcoming the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s FY2019-2020 Board of Commissioners.


        • Kendra Altnow (CHAIR)
        • Ben Kolber (VICE CHAIR)
        • Aaron Shinn (SECRETARY)
        • Galen Schmiedt (TREASURER)
        • Bruce Fry
        • Curt Gillespie
        • Matt Lauchland
        • Diego Olagaray
        • Ed Van Diemen


        • Brandon Sywassink
        • Mitch Spaletta
        • Art Prudhel
        • Tom Murphy
        • Todd Maley
        • Garret Schaefer
        • Clifford “C.J” Castelanelli
        • Jason Eells
        • Phil Abba

From Kendra Altnow, Marketing Manager at LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyard and new Board Chair:  “I’ve been involved continuously for six years and we are steps away from implementing our strategic plan, Board restructuring, and a branding campaign. I want to see the planning that we have been working on through. It’s such an important time for our Board, and I want to continue to be a part of the Commission and have a voice for our community. I really look forward to the next steps!”

New Board members include:

Diego Olagaray (Commissioner), Co-Owner, Olagaray Brothers & Twin Vines
“Lodi’s winegrowing community is diverse in many ways and I feel I can bring different perspectives to the Commission during these changing times.”

Jason Eells (Alternate), Owner/Manager Eells Family Farm/Arbor Vineyards, Inc,/Mettler Family Vineyard
“I’d like to bring my perspective of farming winegrapes and marketing wine to the continued efforts of the Lodi Winegrape Commission Board.”

Todd Maley (Alternate), Owner, Maley Vineyards
“I’d like to help enhance Lodi’s image and reputation.”

Garrett Schaefer (Alternate), Operations Manager, JW Moore Vineyards
“I’m looking forward to helping promote the Lodi winegrape industry so we can become a more valuable appellation.”

Mitch Spaletta (Alternate), Owner/Operator, Spaletta Farms
“I would like to better familiarize myself with the Lodi Winegrape Commission and how it can more effectively benefit growers in the Lodi region.”

Lodi growers who would like to be more involved with Lodi Winegrape Commission activities can contact Stuart Spencer, Executive Director, by phone (209.367.4727) or email (  It takes a lot of volunteers to keep rising the tide!

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