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DEVO's Officers 2015/2016

Spencer Falor-Ward - President


Spencer Falor-Ward was a graduate student in Viticulture and Enology. He grew up in the small town of Sonoma California, in a small family with a passion for food, wine and politics. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. After completing a yearlong internship in a lab studying skin cancer stem cells at UCSF he packed his bags and moved to South Korea to teach English. Three years later, ready to return home, he followed the advice of his wife and parents and applied to the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology masters program. Although he knew plenty about drinking wine, making it was a whole new adventure! Inspired by his professors and classmates he chose to take an active role in DEVO in order to help foster a stronger community among his peers. He believes the relationships that are created during a student’s time in the Viticulture and Enology department are their greatest assets as wine professionals. With the collaboration and support of his fellow enthusiastic and dedicated officers Spencer plans on bolstering membership, participation, and camaraderie as DEVO’s president.





Emily Wiemer - Vice President

Emily grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Food Science from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She is in my second year of the Plan 1 Master's program and is doing research with Dr. Linda Bisson and Lucy Joseph on stuck fermentations. Emily was able to gain her first industry experience through a sparkling wine harvest this summer, and is a hopeful future winemaker!




Jeri Lynn Hoover - Treasurer, Webmaster

While struggling to decide what to do with a degree in Biochemistry, Jeri stumbled upon the V&E major as a Junior at UCD. Quickly falling in love with the department, she decided to go with her gut and change her major. Since then she has enjoyed the mix of intense work and insane fun, starting her summer tasting her way around France with study abroad and ending it working long hours during her very first harvest. Upon graduation she intends to work international harvests for a few years before settling down in the place she calls home, Mendocino County. Jeri is excited to join the DEVO team this year and looks forward to making DEVO more welcoming to new students like she was not so long ago.




Trevor Mirassou - Secretary, Student Winemaking




Charlie Henschen - Logistics Officer

Charlie is a 2nd-year M.S. student in the V&E program. He took a roundabout route to the wine world, growing up in Tennessee and attending Middlebury College in Vermont, graduating with a degree in neuroscience. But while working in a neuroscience lab in Seattle, he fell in love with wine and winemaking, and decided to switch careers. He worked harvests in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the Rutherglen region of Australia, and the Russian River Valley before starting his formal education at Davis. When he's not working on his Master's thesis in the Waterhouse lab or extolling the virtues of Riesling to anyone who will listen, he can be found playing drums, cooking, or hiking.




Constantin Heitkamp - Graduate Interdepartemental Liaison




Natalia Owens - Undergraduate Interdepartemental Liaison




Sean Eridon - Graduate Student Association Representative, Student Winemaking




Rebecca Jain - Undergraduate Representative

rajain@ucdavis.eduBorn and raised in the Bay Area, Rebecca developed an interest in wine and viticulture beginning in high school when her family bought a home on Spring Mountain in Sonoma County. After meeting the local vintners and winemakers, she was hooked. The V&E program allowed her to combine her passions for plants and chemistry. She is now a 2nd year undergraduate in the V&E program. Rebecca started getting involved with DEVO last spring, and is incredibly excited for the year ahead! This year, she hopes to make DEVO more accessible to underclassmen and underage students. She is planning on organizing events and projects in which all V&E students can participate. Outside of class, she enjoys cooking and tending to her many plants.




Matthew Ward - Winemaking Seminar (190X) Chairman

Originally from the Midwest, Matt drove to Northern California with little more than his car, camping gear, a degree in Biology and an intense interest in wine and its production. He spent the better part of three weeks living out of his car while canvassing the major wine producing regions in Napa and Sonoma Counties in search of the right fit. This search led him to Dutcher Crossing Winery in Dry Creek Valley, which he soon called home. DCW proved to be fertile ground for the aspiring winemaker and he rose to Cellar Master before leaving to further his wine education. Matt is currently a second year Masters student in the Viticulture and Enology Department at the University of California- Davis. He looks forward to sharing his passion for wine and good living throughout the rest of his career.




Jesse Giacomelli - Student Winemaking

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