“The women at Wine Women & Shoes are some of the most professional, fun, and caring women I have ever met. It’s why the model works so well for so many different charities – they genuinely care about the success of every event for every charity, and they help you find what works for your market.”
– Lauren Blacketter, Board Member Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center | Midland, Texas
Founder and President
Elaine is an entrepreneur who thrives on creating brands, building businesses, and helping others—be they animals or humans. A native Oklahoman with an Economics degree from Tufts University, she started out in the real estate business, then spent 21 years in the wine business helping grow a small family project into a nationally recognized wine brand. In 2004, Elaine developed Wine Women & Shoes as a local community fundraiser that doubled as a marketing opportunity for Napa Valley wines—a “pairing” that proved to be so successful, she grew it into a national nonprofit events company. Honored as an Outstanding Woman in Agriculture, Elaine remains an active participant in her Napa Valley community. She’s served on the boards of several agricultural organizations, a land trust, and a center for contemporary art.
Director of Business Development
Angie touts a robust background of sales and management, events, major giving, and planned gifts. She’s also done frontline fundraising for big names like Purdue University (her alma mater), The Citadel, Roper St. Francis Hospital Foundation, United Way and Spoleto Festival USA. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Florence Crittenton Programs of SC, where she co-chaired Wine Women & Shoes and gained first-hand experience with our team and processes—knowledge that she happily shares with our potential partners. Angie speaks the language of our present and future charity partners sharing the same passion for nonprofit fundraising success.
Director of Project Management & Events
Heather holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Education with Non-Profit Administration. Her education, along with her heart for service and years of event and fund development experience, creates the perfect leader for our Project Management team. And lead she does, on the phone and on the ground with our charity partners – personally having helped 250 events in over 100 different cities raise over $30 million dollars.
In 2015, Krista managed the first annual Wine Women & Shoes event for RISE in San Luis Obispo, California and immediately fell in love. So much so, that she convinced us she needed to join our Project Management team. Now living in Georgia with her U.S. Army husband, she coaches clients, shares ideas and resources, maintains and manages our giant How To Guide, and works with event committees. She’s also been known to rock it on stage with auctioneering prowess.
Before joining our team, Ashlee dedicated five years of service at the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, where she received numerous recognitions, including Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, Nashville Emerging Leader, and Woman of Influence in the Nonprofit Sector. Having also also headed up five successful Nashville Wine Women & Shoes events, Ashlee is a pro event project manager and embraces the opportunity to share her insights and expertise with our many incredible nonprofit partners.
Having lived bi-coastal, from New York to California, and gathering a wealth of experience in industries from wine and events to theater and luxury retail, Sarah brings a diverse and unique perspective that elevates every project. Sarah has played a foundational role in building Studio 4Forty and our event brands with excellence, and has created a cutting edge graphics program that personally caters to each of our partners. She is a creative powerhouse with a special talent for connecting with all of our teams and helping bring their visions to life.
Graphic Designer Manager
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design at the Art Institute in Sacramento, California, Allie stumbled upon us exactly when we were hunting for another creative force. With a love for volunteer work and a knack for dreaming up eye-catching and jaw-dropping graphics, Allie is able to take our teams’ ideas and turn them into invitations, ads, emails, posters, and other designs that make events pop. (She’s also the mastermind behind some of our own gorgeous logos.)
Director of Winery Relations
Jessica started her career working events, planning, and executing worldwide VIP concerts and spectacles. She then followed her bliss to Napa Valley, where she’s helped cultivate winery relations for the glamorous Napa Valley Film Festival and the epically hip BottleRock music festival. Jessica’s day-to-day includes navigating the different alcohol rules and regulations across our 50 states—and procuring hundreds of annual wine donations and deliveries that follow those tricky rules and regulations—with ease and expertise.
Winery Relations Coordinator
Alexis is a third-generation Napa native who majored in Psychology with an emphasis on Social Psychology—valuable training that comes in handy every day as she sustains relationships with our many, many winery partners. In her free time, she’s a devoted wife, daughter, sister, and diehard sports fan who loves reading, running, sewing, baking, and teaching The Dailey Method.
Administration and Accounting
Ray has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit and government agency administration for organizations that range from an Arizona criminal defense firm to the State Bar of California to a New York City needle-exchange agency to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Yes, he’s seen and administered it all—and this expertise means he’s an absolute ace at handling our affairs and accounting.