Chapter Leadership



Our Board members run the operations for our ILEA chapter.  We create educational programs, networking events, membership drives and encourage opportunities and promotion of events industry professionalism in the Napa-Sonoma and Northern California area. 

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This year our theme is Enrich, Excite, Experience.  More to come soon!

ILEA Napa-Sonoma Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

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Madeleine Reid – President

Castello di Amorosa
707-967-7084 · Calistoga, CA
Telephone · Email

Madeleine was born into the event and hospitality industry, a product of two restaurateurs. She began her career working for a luxury catering company which taught her the intricacies of planning events, and also afforded her the opportunity to travel and participate in international food and wine shows. After years of honing her craft on catering side of the event industry, Madeleine ventured into the wine business. Now, her enthusiasm for luxury events and wine aligns well with her position at Castello di Amorosa, where she designs custom event experiences for clients, seeing events from beginning to fruition. Madeleine has been an ILEA member for four years and is honored to serve as Chapter President for ILEA Napa-Sonoma. See Madeleine's introductory video!

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography


Heather Nelson, Immediate Past President 

Encore Event Rentals
1300 Petaluma Blvd. North · Petaluma, CA  94952
707.799.0017 · Email

Heather Nelson has worked in the hospitality industry for over 17 years. She started her career doing marketing and events for a local restaurant chain. After working there for over 10 years, she decided to try her career in hotels. She worked as the Catering and Sales Department at the Sheraton Hotel for about 4 years. After having children, she decided that working events wasn’t the right fit for her. She then joined the Encore Events team about 7 years ago as the Business Development Manager. She has also been a part of ILEA Napa Sonoma for over 9 years, attending events and in the last five years has been on the Board as the VP of Programs and Education and most recently President. She is always excited to meet new event professionals and make introductions in the Events Industry.

Photo: Provided by Heather Nelson

Betty Lok - Photo by In Her Image Photography

Betty Lok – President-Elect

Betty Wonderful
PO Box 840 · Petaluma, CA 94953
707.347.9433 · Email

Betty is the Lead Concierge and Owner of Betty Wonderful, a personal concierge service in Wine Country.  Betty enjoys planning excursions and getaways for busy people and their family and friends, from couple getaways, babymoons, a birthday weekend with friends or corporate entertaining.  She particularly likes to arrange excursions for beginner wine lovers.  Betty is an avid believer in impeccable client service and good old-fashioned hospitality. Through her services, she likes to make her clients’ days wonderful and unforgettable.

Betty was formerly the Events Manager at Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma, where she promoted venue sales, executed marketing, and smelled the roses.  Prior to the events industry, Betty was an Executive Assistant at Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Betty graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Francisco State University.

Betty lives in Sonoma County with her family and a chihuahua named Twinkie. She loves wine.

Photo: In Her Image Photography

Ashley Boyle

Ashley Boyle - VP, Communications

Paradise Ridge Winery
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
707.473.3254 · Email

Growing up in Sonoma County, Ashley has been exposed to the all the wonderful hospitality the area has to offer. She got her first taste of the industry in high school where she worked at a popular Sebastopol ice cream shop and hasn’t left the industry since.

While studying Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration at San Francisco State University, Ashley interned with Clos du Bois Winery where she learned about catering, events, and wine education. Shortly after graduation, she joined Constellation Brands as the Hospitality Assistant Manager at SIMI Winery.

Ashley is excited to join a Leadership Team of experienced professionals on the ILEA Napa-Sonoma Board of Directors! Ashley has been on the Communications Committee for the past two years and has been responsible for ILEA Napa-Sonoma’s social media presence for the past year.

Photo: Provided by Ashley Boyle
K Sipes

Ken Sipes – VP, Membership

Kenneth Sipes Cinema
401 Center Street, Suite 77 · Healdsburg, CA 95448
707.481.7282 · Email

Ken found his way to the Sonoma/Napa region from Santa Barbara when the winery he was working for, Artiste, decided to open a second winery in Healdsburg. A few years later, Sonoma county became home and it was time for “What’s next?”  One day while sitting at the computer, he went down the rabbit hole called Google and what did he find? He stumbled on a wedding video and felt instantly compelled to create films for couples on one of the happiest days of their lives. Some would say it was a stumble into a career… others would say everything up to that point was preparing him for this next adventure and the lasting friendships made along the way.

Sometimes we go through life wondering if we make a difference… for the last 4 years, Ken has found a way to share his passion and create fun little time machines so future generations can experience those that came before. And, if you want to hear a crazy story, ask him about the time he landed his Hot Air Balloon in a tree.

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography


Katie Andrews – VP Programs & Education

Foley Family Wines
Chalk Hill Estate

10300 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
707.657.4835 · Email

Katie has been working in hospitality and event planning for almost 15 years. She got her degree in Business, with an emphasis in Marketing, from San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!) and then spent four years organizing career fairs and recruitment events for the career center at Washington State University (Go Cougs!).

Realizing it was far too cold in the Pacific Northwest, she moved back to sunny California and the amazing hospitality industry of Sonoma Wine Country. Initially she worked in catering and group sales at the DoubleTree Sonoma Wine Country, the historic Flamingo Resort, and the Geyserville Inn, but her love for food & wine brought her to Foley Family Wines, where she helps bring clients culinary visions to life as the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. When not working, she loves knitting, rereading Harry Potter, and spending time with her husband, Jesse, her energetic toddler, Evelyn, and her dog, Jameson. 

Photo provided by Katie Andrews

MacKensey Giusto – Director

La Tavola Fine Linen
Healdsburg Showroom
239 B Center Street · Healdsburg, CA 95448
707.431.8330 · Email

MacKensey’s background is in theatrical costume design so a passion for fabric is something that comes naturally to her. Native to Sonoma, Wine Country has always been home. After graduating with a BFA in Costume Design from University of Colorado, she found her way back to Sonoma. MacKensey was immediately taken with the wedding industry as an outlet to create beauty. She spent 3 years working with PoppyStone Floral Design, giving her the unique opportunity to develop her understanding of design in a new medium. While executing countless events, she was able to understand the world of events from the inside out. At the end of 2014, MacKensey joined the team at La Tavola Fine Linen as a Sales Executive for Sonoma and Marin Counties. Surround by beautiful fabric every day, MacKensey continues to be inspired and impressed with the level of events her clients produce.

MacKensey is thrilled to be on the Board of the ILEA Napa Sonoma chapter and serves on the Events Committee as she starts her 2nd year a member. She lives in Sonoma with her husband, Nick. The newlyweds can often be found en route to Tahoe for a quick weekend away, working on a house project, hosting friends for homemade pizza night, or packing up for their next adventure abroad.

Photo provided by MacKensey Giusto


Bianca Broos - Director

Bianca Broos
707.547.7307 · Email

Bianca Broos is a seasoned Business & Branding Strategist who founded her own Agency 12 years ago.  In her career, she has helped entrepreneurs and leaders in business to achieve their goals and break through personal barriers. She has developed modules to educate, empower and equip people in identifying their strengths and making decisions from a place of authentic confidence. Through this process, she and her team have supported businesses in effectively communicating their brand.

Bianca believes that everyone has a compelling story to tell and a purpose to fulfill.
She supports her audience to recognize possibilities, activate and engage their potential to experience success. 

Photo provided by Bianca Broos

Michelle Mahoney - Director

teeny cake
7400 Redwood Blvd #101 · Novato CA 94945
415.895.5003 · Email

Michelle Mahoney is Baker and Owner at teeny cake.  ​Michelle started teeny cake in 2009 from her endless search for the perfect vanilla cupcake. She continues to chase flavor combinations that elevate the cupcake to a unique dessert and reconstructs comforting childhood sweets into modern classics using the finest ingredients available. Prior to teeny cake, Michelle donned a lab coat as a chemist and her experience then lends to perfectly baked treats now. 

Visit Michelle at teeny cake or say hello to her at our Event Registration Desk as she leads our Hospitality Committee!

Photo: Holly D Photography
P Mustafa

Pilar Mustafa – Director

Flutter Events
PO Box 14776 · Santa Rosa, CA 95402
707.934.5945 · Email

Anyone who meets Pilar will see that her passion for events is all consuming.  Her ultra-organized personality combined with energy and creativity is what her couples appreciate her most.

With over fifteen years of event experience, including corporate event planning and production in New York followed by winery event and wedding planning in Napa and Sonoma, Pilar has a wealth of professional experience which sets her apart in the event industry.

Pilar is fiercely loyal, unapologetically enthusiastic (and honest), and believes trust is the ultimate key to success in any relationship. She has been a member of the ILEA Napa-Sonoma chapter for 5 years, with the last two years as VP, Programs and  has served on the events committee since 2015. 

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography

J Alden

John Alden – Director

Mountain House Estate
38000 Hwy 128 · Cloverdale, CA  95425

707.385.1410 · Email

John is the owner of Mountain House Estate. Together with his partner, Lane, they help couples make their wedding dreams come true.  John is an avid DIY’er. For 60 to 80 hours per week, he does, or directs, all of the remodeling of the property. During weddings, John also helps to make sure everything goes smoothly. In his free time, he is a car guy with hot rods to construct.  Presently, he has a project underway, a 1962 Chevy fire truck that will be used both for fire safety in the neighborhood, and as a photo opportunity for Mountain House Estate clients.

John is a also a Realtor with over 30 years experience and holds multiple professional designations. He has acted as an Expert Witness in real estate matters.

Visit John at Mountain House Estate for a tour and he’d love to show you around!

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography

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Donna Carroll – Director

Landmark Vineyards
101 Adobe Canyon Rd · Kenwood, CA 95452
707.833.0210 · Email

Donna joined Landmark during her last semester of college in 2005 as a Tasting Room Associate, just before earning her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University. She discovered how much she enjoys sharing her love of wine with others and never left! In 2007 she was promoted to Tasting Room Manager, a position she held until 2012 when she stepped into her current role as Hospitality Manager, overseeing accommodations, weddings, and private events.

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography

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Colleen Patten – Director

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
23555 Arnold Drive · Sonoma, CA 95476
707.933.1931 · Email

Colleen loves events, wine and all things hospitality!  After her first attended event in Wine Country she knew she wanted to be a part of that world.  Graduating in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from San Francisco State University (Woot! Woot! Parks & Recs!) she headed back to Sonoma to start at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards as the Hospitality Coordinator.  She now works as the Private Event Manager and is loving every minute. Weddings are lovely and truly special moments to be involved with and she loves to dive into team days and overall celebrations to make for a fun and relaxing days at the winery.  Her priority is customization and called “The Yes Girl” around the office.

Colleen is the Private Event Manager at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.

Photo: Suzanne Karp Photography

ILEA HQ Liaison and Leadership

Kevin Molesworth, CSEP
Regional Vice President

Brass Tacks Events

Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP
ILEA International President, Board of Governors

Board Photos by Suzanne Karp Photography. Betty Lok's photo by Holly D Photography. MacKensey Giusto's photo provided personally.