DEVO Officers 2014/2015
Katie Wayman - President
Katie is a senior in Viticulture & Enology. Born and raised in Southern Oregon's beautiful Rogue Valley, she only happened to blunder into the wine industry by lucky happenstance. Having checked the most interesting major box on her application to UC Davis, she entered V&E as an under-aged freshman and has never looked back. Last year, wanting to be more involved with DEVO and the V&E Department, she jumped head first into the fray and it has turned out to be one of her best decisions. Outside of wine, school (and DEVO) Katie can most likely be found in a book or outside attempting to be athletic. She has a great year planned and hopes that you'll come out to a DEVO meeting or two!
Felix Egerer - Co-Vice President, Webmaster
Felix is a senior in Viticulture & Enology. UC Davis is his second stop in his V&E studies, he also holds a B.Sc. awarded from Geisenheim University in Germany's Rheingau growing region. Previous internships in the wine industry have led him into the Pfalz region in Germany and the Willamette Valley in Oregon, in addition to some work for a winery in the Rheingau and a distributor serving the Austrian and German markets. He is working the 2014 Harvest at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills in California. Outside of school and DEVO, Felix can most likely be found kicking a soccer ball around (that's what World Champions do!), in his kitchen making food of some sort, drinking sparkling wine with Shawn, or having a beer at the Davis Beer Shoppe. After graduation in 2015, it is his goal to work harvests in Burgundy, Australia, and New Zealand, before having to figure out where he actually wants to end up making wine.
Zack Olpin - Co-Vice President
Being born and raised in southern Utah until the age of 13, Zack had no inclination that he would be studying Viticulture and Enology at a University of California. Football and boy scouts turned into surfing and home winemaking. The transition to the wine life began when he helped a friend and mentor plant a home vineyard in Carmel Valley. At the time he was attending the local community college with no real academic direction other than an interest in environmental science, but working outside on a beautiful day with good friends sparked the possibility that viticulture could be a fun field to get into. Zack had always been a passionate hobbyist, and this field allowed for a future of travel, science, and hands on work. Four years later he is close to becoming the first in the family with a college degree. His eyes are on harvests abroad and opportunities at home in Monterey. Davis has proved to be an amazing program filled with like minded students passionate about living life creatively and contributing to the wine industry with their own take of what the V&E department has to offer.
Jen Lincoln - Treasurer
Jennifer is from the small community of Moorpark in Southern California. After competing in volleyball and pursuing exercise biology at Santa Barbara City College she had a change of heart (and degree) after taking Introduction to Wine at UC Davis. She will be following her two older sisters’ footsteps into the wine industry but hopefully focusing on her passion for wine microbiology. Jennifer will be working her first harvest this year at Gloria Ferrer and hopes to take her passion on the road to study the winemaking of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand and aromatic white wine in Oregon. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys running, watching her favorite TV shows, playing volleyball, and hanging with her bug-loving boyfriend.
Ully Povoa - Secretary
Ully Povoa is a fourth year undergraduate student of Viticulture and Enology. She is currently channeling her passion of sustainable farming into a concentration of sustainable viticulture. Upon entering the V&E community at UC Davis, Ully fell in love with the people, the professors, and the science. She hopes to continue the tradition of enthusiastic involvement of students so that DEVO may serve as a place for students of all ages and experience levels to come together. Passionate about wine, Ully made her first vintage in 2013, but it went a little too 'native.' She is excited for a successful harvest in 2014 with the DEVO home winemaking team.
Mike Garrison - Interdepartemental Liaison, Graduate Student Association Representative
Mike was raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He attained his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003 (Go Hokies!). After waking up from his cubicle jungle haze, he decided to try a new career as a winemaker. He is completing his second year as a Plan II Graduate Student once he returns from working harvest at Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
Alex Kasai - Co-Logistics Officer
Alex is a 4th year enology undergrad from the Los Angeles area. He discovered wine making by accident freshman year and can't imagine his life any other way. Post graduation, he hopes to spend two years working four harvests in the different hemispheres.
Robert Fiore - Co-Logistics Officer
Originally from the Midwest, Robert is a second year V&E M.S. student who has lived in California for over seven years. Prior to winemaking, he was an earth scientist and earned degrees from the Ohio State University (B.S. Geological Sciences) and Colorado School of Mines (M.S. Geophysics). The courses he took from UC Davis Extension, dating back to 2003, piqued his interest in winemaking. While unlocking the mysteries of the earth as a professional geophysicist, he began working crushes during vacations: at Spring Mountain Vineyard in 2008 and 2010 and Buccella in 2009. Since 2009 he has been producing small amounts of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot noir under his label, Wan Fiore Project, with his brother-in-law, Raymond Wan. He will be producing fine premier cru Volnay during the 2014 harvest at Domaine Michel Lafarge in Burgundy. Robert enjoys bass guitar, hiking, and dancing.
Jaclyn Cubillas - Undergraduate Representative, Student Winemaking
Judah Morrison - Student Winemaking
After a few different career attempts, Judah, who grew up in Israel, decided to peruse a career in winemaking. This prompted him to move his wife and daughter to California to join the V&E program at UC Davis. Judah has had the opportunity to work multiple harvests for wineries in Napa, Lodi, and now, 2014, at Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma. Besides school and work, he spends his time with family, playing music, and making wine in the garage. Judah plans to move back to Israel where he intends to start his own label.
Shawn McIlvenna - Student Winemaking
Connor Bockman - Student Winemaking