Our Team

Jennifer Brown, Director of BACA image portraitJennifer Brown, Director of BACA image portrait

Jennifer Brown
Director, BACA Wines

Alison FrichtlAlison Frichtl

Alison Frichtl Hollister
Senior Winemaker

Kathryn HallKathryn Hall

Kathryn Walt Hall

Craig HallCraig Hall

Craig Hall

Mike ReynoldsMike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

Whitney JacobsonWhitney Jacobson

Whitney Jacobson
Vice President

Emily HarrisonEmily Harrison

Emily Harrison
Vice President, Direct Relationships

Carol Chapman, Hospitality Manager image portraitCarol Chapman, Hospitality Manager image portrait

Carol Chapman
Hospitality Manager WALT | BACA Healdsburg

Don MunkDon Munk

Don Munk
Director of Vineyards

Jeff Zappelli, General Manager WALT Wines image portraitJeff Zappelli, General Manager WALT Wines image portrait

Jeff Zappelli
General Manager WALT Wines

Natalie BellNatalie Bell

Natalie Bell
Asst. to President/HR

Kathleen FidlerKathleen Fidler

Kathleen Fidler
Vice President, Finance

Megan GundersonMegan Gunderson

Megan Gunderson
Director of Winemaking

Diem DoonanDiem Doonan

Diem Doonan
Director of Membership

Maura Mazzoni, Wine Educator at BACA image portraitMaura Mazzoni, Wine Educator at BACA image portrait

Maura Mazzoni
Wine Educator

Pedro GutierrezPedro Gutierrez

Pedro Gutierrez
Cellar Supervisor

Leah KellyLeah Kelly

Leah Kelly

Ronnie Escobedo, Cellar image portraitRonnie Escobedo, Cellar image portrait

Ronnie Escobedo

Desirae LunaDesirae Luna

Desirae Luna

Tony Gatti, Midwest Regional Sales imageTony Gatti, Midwest Regional Sales image

Tony Gatti
Midwest Regional Sales

Mike HodgsonMike Hodgson

Mike Hodgson
Director of eCommerce

Dominique AlexanderDominique Alexander

Dominique Alexander
Partner Relations

Joe Loren, Wine Educator image portraitJoe Loren, Wine Educator image portrait

Joe Loren
Wine Educator

Jose CalderonJose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Lisa Covey, Public Relations image portraitLisa Covey, Public Relations image portrait

Lisa Covey
Director of Public Relations

Adrian PedrazaAdrian Pedraza

Adrian Pedraza

Celfo GuzmanCelfo Guzman

Celfo Guzman

Daric Veal, Southeast Regional Sales imageDaric Veal, Southeast Regional Sales image

Daric Veal
Southeast Regional Sales

Mackenzie ReillyMackenzie Reilly

Mackenzie Reilly

Michael Gold, Membership image portraitMichael Gold, Membership image portrait

Michael Gold

Ryan WilliamsRyan Williams

Ryan Williams
California Regional Sales

Chad NuzumChad Nuzum

Chad Nuzum
Central Regional Sales

Christy Logan, Creative Manager image portraitChristy Logan, Creative Manager image portrait

Christy Logan
Creative Manager

Pedro Gallardo-Rodrigues, Membership image portraitPedro Gallardo-Rodrigues, Membership image portrait

Pedro Gallardo-Rodrigues

Ismael DelgadoIsmael Delgado

Ismael Delgado

Jamie ChandlerJamie Chandler

Jamie Chandler
Director of Marketing

Jonathan FigueroaJonathan Figueroa

Jonathan Figueroa
Cellar Master

Ryan KirkpatrickRyan Kirkpatrick

Ryan Kirkpatrick

James AnciJames Anci

James Anci
Northeast Regional Sales

Elizabeth Keyser, Winemaker image portraitElizabeth Keyser, Winemaker image portrait

Elizabeth Keyser
Assistant Winemaker

Karla Walters, Membership image portraitKarla Walters, Membership image portrait

Karla Walters

Juan ZevalaJuan Zevala

Juan Zavala

Domenick BiancoDomenick Bianco

Domenick Bianco

Jose DominguezJose Dominguez

Jose Dominguez
Cellar Lead

Logan McConnell, Membership image portraitLogan McConnell, Membership image portrait

Logan McConnell

Aaron Knight, Wine Educator image portraitAaron Knight, Wine Educator image portrait

Aaron Knight
Wine Educator

Ana Gerhardt, Wine Educator image portraitAna Gerhardt, Wine Educator image portrait

Ana Gerhardt
Wine Educator

Mark BuckleyMark Buckley

Mark Buckley

Andrew Lee, National Accounts Manager imageAndrew Lee, National Accounts Manager image

Andrew Lee
National Accounts Manager

Beatriz Rodriguez, Cellar image portraitBeatriz Rodriguez, Cellar image portrait

Ronnie Escobedo

David GreenbaumDavid Greenbaum

David Greenbaum
California Sales

Jeff PratherJeff Prather

Jeff Prather

Erin Hamada-Bigelow, Southern California District Sales Manager imageErin Hamada-Bigelow, Southern California District Sales Manager image

Erin Hamada-Bigelow
Southern California District Sales Manager

Caleb CavazosCaleb Cavazos

Caleb Cavazos

Paul DugoniPaul Dugoni

Paul Dugoni

Miguel CirigoMiguel Cirigo

Miguel Cirigo
Cellar Lead

Kelly JohnsonKelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Ivan WinzerIvan Winzer

Ivan Winzer
Director of Technology

Gary CisnerosGary Cisneros

Gary Cisneros
Shipping & Inventory

Jennifer CorpeJennifer Corpe

Jennifer Corpe

Jennifer Brown, Director of BACA

Jennifer Brown is the Director of BACA Wines, a modern Zinfandel wine brand by the makers of HALL & WALT Wines. Jennifer leads brand development, marketing strategies, and operational plans, as well as spearheads Direct-to-Consumer and Wholesale channels for the newly launched luxury wine brand based in Napa Valley, California. Prior to working at HALL & WALT, Jennifer was the founder of Omghow / Girl Karma Inc., a social platform and positive destination for teen girls.

Jennifer grew up in the wine industry. Some of her fondest childhood memories are skipping through her family’s Zinfandel vineyards in Redwood Valley with her brother. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Northwestern University and went on to receive both a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Stanford University. Jennifer is fluent in German, which she learned when her mother served as Ambassador to Austria. She is an avid hiking and yoga enthusiast, incorporating wellness and healthy living as a core part of her personal and professional regimen. In her free time, she loves to travel, explore new experiences, and spend time with family and friends. Jennifer resides in San Francisco with her husband, Energy Executive, Eric Brown.

Kathryn Walt Hall, Vintner

Kathryn Walt Hall is the proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines, and has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard in the 1970’s. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the United States Ambassador to Austria.

Kathryn and her brother managed the family vineyard from 1982 to 1992, selling grapes to other wineries, as well as producing Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon under the label WALT Vineyards. Kathryn began her public career as assistant city attorney in Berkeley, California. Later, she joined Safeway Stores, where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation’s first and largest affirmative action programs. Subsequently, she worked as an attorney and businesswoman in Dallas, Texas, where she was president of an inner city development company and partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc.

Long committed to social issues, Kathryn has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards, addressing issues related to social care and mental health. She co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the director/vice president of the Texas Mental Health Association. Kathryn has served on the National Advisory Council for Violence Against Women and as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

From 1997 to 2001, Kathryn served as the United States Ambassador to Austria. Since her return to America, she has resumed her role as proprietor of HALL Wines along with her husband Craig. Continuing upon her experience promoting American agriculture in Austria, in September 2001 she was appointed to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for international trade and to Texas One, promoting international investment in Texas.

Kathryn serves on the Napa Legal Aid Board of Directors and is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Together with her husband Craig, they have four children.

Craig Hall, Vintner

Craig Hall is the owner of a collection of family-owned brands including HALL and WALT Wines and Dallas-based HALL Group. Hall is a New York Times bestselling author, civic leader, philanthropist, and the entrepreneur who started HALL Group in 1968 at age 18. Today, HALL Group’s diversified business interests include active operations in winemaking, commercial real estate ownership, development and management, structured financial lending, and early-stage investments for promising start-ups. The HALL and WALT luxury wine brands are widely recognized for quality by some of the industry’s top critics.

Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs, nurtures young start-ups and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide. Together with his wife Kathryn Hall, he funded the Fulbright – Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship to teach entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe. Hall also founded the Dallas Regional Office of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). He is the author of six published books, including his most recent, “A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st Century Winery,” which was co-authored with his wife and listed as a ¬New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller.

A lifelong art collector, Hall believes art nourishes the human spirit and can make a profound difference in people’s lives. Throughout his businesses, pieces from Hall’s personal art collection are on public display. Important works by artists from all over the world can be found at the HALL St. Helena and HALL Rutherford wineries in Napa Valley, as well as at HALL Park in Frisco, Texas and HALL Arts in Dallas.

In 2007, Hall was named a lifetime member of the prestigious Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans, and was inducted into the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas’ Ring of Honor. He was named the 2013 Dallas Real Estate Executive of the Year and in 2016 he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Most recently, Craig and Kathryn were co-awarded the 2017 Master Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest Region from the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and were named finalists in the national real estate category award program.

Hall and his companies are often recognized for significant achievements and civic and charitable contributions. Hall received the 2002 Obelisk Award from the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts for his long-time support of Texas artists, and was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by Ernst & Young. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria, the American-Austrian Fulbright Board and the Board of the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans.

The Halls have made it a lifelong mission to put people first – those in the community, those whom they employ, and those who enjoy their wines. Hall strongly believes that entrepreneurship is a catalyst that makes a difference both today and in the future, and intends to leave the world better than he found it. This is a philosophy he has been putting into action for 50 years, both in business and through his family foundation, established in 1977. Craig and Kathryn Hall work to give back across four categories; Community, Arts, Responsible Business Practices, and Entrepreneurship. They have significantly contributed to Napa and Sonoma County non-profit organizations and host a number of community-related events each year, including the annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff, an event that has helped raise over $500,000 for Napa Valley non-profits since its inception. Additionally, Craig continues to support a number of community organizations that directly impact education, healthcare, wellness, animal rights, the environment, and the arts including Clinic Ole, Legal Aid Napa Valley, Auction Napa Valley, Sonoma Barrel and Wine Auction, and Napa Emergency Women’s Services.

Mike Reynolds, President

Mike Reynolds began at the inception of the winery, shortly after Craig and Kathryn Hall returned from Austria in 2002. Initially, Mike served as Winemaker and General Manager during the infancy of the winery, and was promoted to President in 2006. Since 2002, Reynolds has overseen development of the HALL and WALT businesses, including production, vineyards, operations, and construction.

Mike oversaw the design and construction of the new state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, tasting rooms, and related areas at both HALL Rutherford and HALL St. Helena. He also leads the vineyard acquisition program for Kathryn and Craig Hall, who now own close to 500 acres of premier vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara counties.

Mike previously worked for Jackson Family Farms where he was General Manager for both the Stonestreet and Verite wine facilities. Before joining Jackson Family Farms, he worked for 11 years at Schramsberg Vineyards in the Napa Valley where he was Winemaker for 8 years prior to assuming the additional role of General Manager. Mike holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a BS in fermentation science (winemaking and viticulture), from the University of California, Davis. In addition, Mike is a Board Member for the California Wine Institute, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and Vice President (and manages a team) at Napa Little League.

Mike's youngest son, Jack, provided the artwork for the HALL "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon.

Steve Leveque, Director of Winemaking

Born and raised in Napa Valley, Steve Leveque has earned a reputation for finely crafted wines that reflect the terroir and celebrate the varietal.  His more than 16 years of winemaking expertise started at Robert Mondavi Winery where he blossomed under the mentorship of Tim Mondavi and served as Winemaker for most of his 11-year tenure. Steve also served as Executive Vice President and Winemaker of Chalk Hill Estate Winery in Sonoma where he hand-crafted a portfolio of small-lot Bordeaux varietals to critical acclaim. Steve's personal philosophy and professional history demonstrate the reverence for the land and devotion to excellence that HALL embraces.

"My goal is to be true to the fruit, let it express itself purely and fully. Working with such a talented team, with such excellent vineyards, and in such an exceptional facility is exciting and inspiring. HALL is truly devoted to making great wine and is going about achieving that in all the right ways: organically farmed vineyards, hand-sorted fruit, gravity-fed tanks, and native yeast fermentations." –Steve Leveque

Don Munk, Director of Vineyard Operations

Don Munk, Director of Vineyard Operations, provides a lifetime of knowledge and experience to HALL Winery. Having grown up in the wine industry, born and raised in the Napa Valley, Don began working in the vineyards of a family friend at the age of fifteen and has been farming ever since.  Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business Farm Management from California State University, in which his studies strongly focused on viticulture. Don’s professional experience began at Buena Tierra Vineyards, where he worked as a harvest assistant and grafter for 6 years. From there he became the equipment manager and vineyard assistant at several vineyards where he participated in vineyard development, field monitoring, soil sampling, equipment operations as well as pruning, tying, suckering, grafting, and shop maintenance. Don then took his skills to Foster’s Wine Estates in St. Helena, CA in 1990. There he took on the role of vineyard manager where he was responsible for the operations of 725 acres. Now, Don is committed to carrying on HALL’s dedication to the environment and eco-friendly farming, while ensuring the production of the finest wines possible.

“I strongly believe you must be environmentally sustainable with your farming and you need to be responsible to your community.  We can never forget that Napa Valley is truly one of the premier winegrowing regions in the world and we should farm it with reverence: Farm to the vineyard and farm to the vine. Let the vine tell you what it can do. Create a healthy, balanced scenario for the vine so that it can express itself as it should.” –Don Munk

Whitney Jacobson, Vice President of Investments

Whitney Jacobson has more than 25 years of experience with investment, strategic and communications leadership within the political, business and wine industries. Jacobson provides overall guidance for all HALL and WALT Wines investor relations, communications, brand and charitable investment functions in support of the company's mission, vision, values and strategic objectives. Jacobson serves as an interface with the investment community and actively engages with internal and external stakeholders to support the development of the company’s reputation and positioning. Jacobson’s efforts involve acquiring and securing financial funding so the wine properties continue to emerge as state-of-the-art, iconic venues that allow the luxury wine brands to consistently be innovators in wine hospitality.

Before joining HALL & WALT in 2006, Jacobson worked at the White House in several capacities. From 1995-1997, she oversaw the Office of Personnel as Deputy Director under the Bill Clinton Administration, with a focus on Presidential nominees. Then in 1997, Whitney was appointed Chief of Staff for United States Ambassador to Austria, Kathryn Hall. Jacobson also served as the Public Relations Manager at United Airlines during September 11th attacks.

Jacobson is involved with various non-profit organizations within the Bay Area, including being on the board of St. Isidore School located in Danville, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Jody, and three children. 

For more information about opportunities to be a partner at HALL Wines, please contact Whitney at partners@hallwines.com

Natalie Bell, Asst. to President/HR


Megan Gunderson, Winemaker

WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson began her career in the Napa Valley in 2001 when she moved from Colorado to California and worked as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery. While at Mondavi, she discovered a passion for wine and viticulture and went on to become a Laboratory Manager for St. Supery Vineyards in Rutherford, then Dominus Estates in Oakville. At Dominus, she was able to refine her winemaking skills under the mentorship of Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Barrouet, learning to hone her winemaking craft with unique methods.

Megan has made several trips to France to study wine-making techniques, the most recent to Burgundy. Megan’s multiple degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics have given her a unique and unmatched perspective into the scientific aspects of winemaking.

Jeff Zappelli, General Manager WALT Wines

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s Steakhouse, Jeff Zappelli joined HALL Wines in 2006, helping define one of the most successful Direct to Consumer industry efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2012, with the 2010 vintage, Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall unveiled a long sought-after project –a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label under WALT which expanded Zappelli’s role to both HALL and WALT brands.

In 2016, Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT, making him responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Sonoma-based brand. Zappelli is an active speaker throughout the Bay Area, participating in conversations and panels related to direct-to-consumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing campaign strategies.

Born in Seattle, WA, he attended the University of California Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology. He currently resides in Marin County with his wife, Veronika, and their three children.

Alison Frichtl Hollister, Winemaker

Alison Frichtl Hollister is the Head Winemaker for BACA Wines, a California Zinfandel brand by the makers of HALL & WALT Wines.

HALL Wines recruited Alison as an Enologist in 2008 where she introduced her unique skill set combining the art and science of making high quality wines under the direction of acclaimed Winemaker, Steve Leveque. She was promoted in 2012 as Assistant Winemaker for the luxury HALL and WALT labels, prior to making the first BACA Wines which were released in the summer of 2018.

Alison grew up in Willamette Valley, Oregon, where she developed a philosophy of crafting fine wines with a distinct sense of place. After college, Alison moved to the Napa Valley to work the 2006 harvest with Tony Soter at Etude Wines. She settled in Napa after the harvest, working in the laboratory at Merryvale Vineyards and helping to make Zinfandel at Sky Vineyards on Mount Veeder.

Alison earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, including a year of study at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, in Munich, Germany. A lifelong artist, Alison credits her talent for printmaking, painting and sketching to her mother, an accomplished fine artist. When she’s not making wine, Alison can be found fermenting everything from kombucha to kimchi, and remodeling the Napa Valley home she recently purchased with her husband Bruce Hollister, a landscape designer.

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