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Moya Shatz Dolsby : : Executive Director
Moya Shatz Dolsby joined the Idaho Wine Commission in 2008. Her primary goal is to market and promote all the Idaho wineries and growers. She does this by traveling throughout the state and country spreading the word about the Idaho wine industry. Prior to her arrival in Boise, she spent four and a half years as the Event Manager for the Washington Wine Commission, focusing on their local and national events. Moya grew up in Monroe, Washington and is a communication major from the University of Washington. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her two dogs Flora and Bella, cooking, traveling, spending time with her husband and, of course, drinking Idaho wine.
Sara Dirks : : Events & Marketing Manager
Born and raised in Odessa, WA, Sara grew up on her family's wheat farm where she learned the meaning of "hard work". After graduating from high school, Sara attended Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication accompanied by two minor degrees in Psychology and Human Development. Upon graduating from WSU, she came to Boise for an internship with the Idaho Wine Commission and helping out with Savor Idaho: Idaho's Premier Wine and Food Event. Not long after she had finished the internship, Sara found herself returning to Boise to take a full-time position as the marketing coordinator for the Idaho Wine Commission. Sara has fallen in love with Idaho's wine and the surroundings and hasn't had a dull moment since moving here. When she is able to find time, Sara enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, being on the lake, snow skiing, and participating and/or watching various sporting events.
Shelley Bennett : : Community Relations Coordinator
Shelley is the latest addition to the Idaho Wine Commission, coming in as a part time employee. Shelley grew up in Eastern Oregon and graduated from BSU with a degree in Sociology. She has lived in Boise with her husband for the past 6 years where she has enjoyed becoming part of the community and looks forward to bringing her experience in event planning and her passion for wine to the Commission. When not taking care of her 2 year old son and infant twins, Shelley enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, and traveling.
Melissa Sandborn : : Commissioner
Born in Spokane, Washington, Melissa Sanborn spent much of her childhood touring the young wine industry of Washington with her wine-loving parents. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in chemistry, she moved to Moscow, Idaho and worked as an analytical chemist. In 2005 she began her graduate career at Washington State University, studying sensory science and enology.
In 2007 Melissa and her husband, Mike, bought an abandoned vineyard in Juliaetta, Idaho, and have since expanded the vineyard to 20 acres. They opened Colter’s Creek Winery in 2008, and have been enjoying growing grapes and making wine in Idaho ever since. When not tending to vines, Melissa escapes to the mountains to ski, climb, and backpack.
Dale Jeffers : : Commissioner
Dale Jeffers graduated from Casper College, Wyoming in 1983. He has knowledge and experience in all aspects of vineyard management including, but not limited to, grape marketing, innovative viticulture processes and techniques, etc. Dale is the current vineyard manager at Winemakers LLC (DBA Skyline Vineyards). Skyline Vineyards is an industry-leading vineyard in Nampa, Idaho that specializes in quality wine grape production and serves as a model for other vineyards in the area.
As the vineyard manager, Dale is responsible for all operations of 485 acres of vineyards including site evaluation, vineyard design and layouts, viticulture consulting, pesticide management and equipment selection and procurement, and many more.
Gregg Alger : : Commissioner
In 2007 Gregg and Mary Alger started a small boutique winery, Huston Vineyards in the Snake River Valley Wine Region near Huston Idaho of Canyon County. Their vineyards were planted in 2007 and they opened their winery and tasting room in April 2011. Gregg has worked diligently in building the Snake River Valley Wine Region/ Sunny Slope Wine trail which was created in 2009 by a group of industry operators, chambers of commerce, city leaders from Nampa and Caldwell and Economic Development with the purpose of building tourism in Southwest Idaho's wine country.
In addition to his work in agriculture and wine industry he continues consulting for small businesses in strategic planning, sales management, and financial benchmarking in the digital printing and imaging field having worked in the industry almost 20 years. As a consultant, he specializes in business start-ups and organizations in high growth mode. Prior to this Mr. Alger started Fisher’s Office Equipment and prior to selling the business served as President and Owner of Fisher's Office Equipment, dba/ Fisher's, and Digital Printing and Imaging (DPI) an affiliate company.
Mr. Alger believes in partnering with the community that he lives. He is currently serves as a board member for Buy Idaho Association and is past Chairman of the Board. In addition, as an alumnus he maintains a high level of involvement with Boise State University. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Dean, College of Business and Economics. He served as the President of the Advisory Board from 2005 through 2007. In addition, is involved in many community associations/ organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, currently serving on the Caldwell tourism committee, Sales and Marketing Executives of Idaho, Ducks Unlimited, to name a few.
Gregg Alger lives in Canyon County with his wife Mary and their two sons Jacob and Joshua.
Maurine Johnson : : Commissioner
Idaho native, Maurine Johnson is dedicated to the quality and success of Ste. Chapelle wines.
She began her career with Ste. Chapelle more than 20 years ago as a laboratory technician, paying her dues as an enologist, and holding the position of Assistant Winemaker for 13 years before accepting the role of Winemaker.
Maurine earned her Certificate in Winemaking from the University of California in Davis in 2006. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Utah State University where she was a member of the program's first graduating class.
Melanie Krause : : Commissioner
Melanie Krause grew up in Boise, Idaho. Her parents owned a huge garden that had many different ingredients, including a collection of 40+ varieties of grapes. After graduating from Washington State University in 2000, Melanie landed a job as a vineyard technician in Washington. She enjoyed it immensely and using her knowledge, she started making homemade wine. Eventually, Melanie got a job as an enologist at Chateau Ste. Michelle's Canoe Ridge Estate Winery and was promoted to Assistant Winemaker in 2003. She helped make 400,000 cases of wine each year and studied under great winemakers.
In 2006, after getting married, Melanie moved to Boise and started Krause Consulting, LLC. As a wine consultant, she visited the vineyards and tasted through the cellars of most producers in Idaho. That year, she also made a small amount of Syrah and Viognier. Pleased with the result of her wine, Melanie decided to start her own brand called Cinder. With the help of friends throughout the first two years of Cinder, in the early spring of 2008, it was time to find a facility and open Urban Winemakers Cooperative, Idaho's first cooperative winery. They share equipment, space and utilities with two other wineries.
Melanie enjoys skiing and spending time with her husband Joe. They currently reside in Boise.