L’Ecole Team

The talented faces behind the L’Ecole brand.

Martin Clubb

Martin Clubb

Owner & Managing Winemaker

Marty is Managing Winemaker and Co-Owner of L’Ecole N° 41 with his wife, Megan, and children, Riley and Rebecca.  Marty assumed the operation of the winery from Megan’s parents, Jean and Baker Ferguson, in 1989, six years after the winery’s founding.

Today Marty’s primary focus is a hands-on approach to the winery’s viticulture operation.  Along with his Estate Ferguson and Estate Seven Hills Vineyards, Marty personally works with over 30 vineyards located throughout the Columbia Valley.  He collaborates with each grower to optimally manage contracted vineyard blocks to meet the quality requirements established by the winery.

In addition, Marty is a Managing Partner with Gary and Chris Figgins (Leonetti Cellar) and Norm McKibben (Pepper Bridge Winery) in the highly acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard and the SeVein vineyard development, home to L’Ecole’s newest Estate vineyard, Ferguson.

Marty’s ongoing dedication and commitment to our wine industry is evident in his many leadership roles.  He has served nearly 30 years on the Boards of various wine industry associations, including the Washington Wine Commission.  He is currently President and Director of the Washington Wine Institute, and Vice Chair of WineAmerica.  Marty was instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, serving as its first President.  He worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture and continues serving in an advisory role.

Constance Savage

Constance Savage

General Manager

Constance Savage is the General Manager of L’Ecole N° 41.  Joining the team on the first day of harvest in 2018, she is responsible for managing the business side of the winery including:  sales; marketing; administration; and human resources.  She is a WSET Diploma holder and industry veteran, and holds Masters Degrees from Manhattanville College (Marketing) & CUNY Zicklin School of Business (International Business).  Prior to her employment at L’Ecole N° 41, Constance worked at Kobrand Corporation for over twenty years.  As a VP, she worked directly with Kobrand’s highly-esteemed producers of wine & spirits.  In 2012, she made her first trip to the Walla Walla Valley, and promptly fell in love with the wine, terrain and people.   She and her family look forward to welcoming you to Walla Walla!

Marta Timóteo

Marketing Manager

Marta joined L’Ecole in June 2019 to assume the newly created position of Marketing Manager. She works with the entire team to bring all marketing activities together. Originally from Portugal, she recently relocated to Walla Walla from London, UK, where she worked as a Brand and Category Manager in a confectionery company. Marta has a strong academic and professional background in marketing, branding and management. She has worked in varied industries with a broad range of responsibilities and holds a MSc in International Business and Management and a BSc in Marketing Management. She loves the wine country lifestyle and spending time with her husband and friends!

Winemaking Team

Mike Sharon

Mike Sharon

Winemaker

Mike has worked side-by-side with Marty making wine at L’Ecole N° 41 since 1996 and was named Winemaker in 2006. Together they collaborate on every aspect of the winemaking operation.  Mike is responsible for the management of all winemaking, cellar, laboratory and bottling activities.  He is a Walla Walla University graduate and when not at the winery, you may see him teeing off at Wine Valley Golf Club or hanging out with his wife, Christine, and their two children.

Bill Mansker

Bill Mansker

Associate Winemaker

Bill joined the L’Ecole production team in 2004.  He is an integral part of the winemaking team, assisting in all aspects of production, including:  cellar work; filtration; laboratory; bottling and harvest activities.  Bill is a graduate of Walla Walla University. He and wife, Heather, along with their young son enjoy extended family excursions to Sun Valley and Hawaii.

Jeff Briggs

Jeff Briggs

Associate Winemaker

Jeff joined the L’Ecole production team in 2004. He is an integral part of the winemaking team, assisting in all aspects of production, including:  cellar work; filtration; laboratory; bottling and harvest activities.  Jeff and wife, Rachel, keep busy taking care of their 2 acre homestead and enjoy traveling and snow skiing.  Jeff is a University of Washington graduate.

Dan Loomis

Dan Loomis

Cellarmaster

Dan joined the L’Ecole team in 2013 and held a variety of winery positions prior to assuming his current role as Cellarmaster.  He began in our Tasting Room while attending the Enology and Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College.  After graduation, he was a member of the L’Ecole harvest crew and upon completion became Shipping Manager. Dan joined the winemaking team full-time in 2016.  He was raised in Tacoma and lived throughout the Pacific Northwest before following his passion for wine to Walla Walla.  Dan enjoys hiking in the Blue Mountains with his wife, Olivia, young son, and dogs.

National & International Sales

Kim Bolander

Kim Bolander

Director of Sales

Kim oversees the winery’s day-to-day business relationships with over 60 distributors – covering 47 states and more than 20 countries across the globe.  Kim was hired in 1998 when the winery produced just a few thousand cases.  As L’Ecole has grown, she has played an integral role in building the winery’s brand and managing its growth and sales.   Kim is a graduate of Whitman College and began her career in the wine industry in 1996 working for the Chalone Wine Group.  Kim currently sits on the marketing committee for the Washington Wine Commission and, when not pursuing her interest in food and wine, enjoys golf and spending time with her family.

Pappardelle with veal ragu and Estate Ferguson.
Grilled Blue Valley fillet mignon, gnocchi with creamy pesto sauce and Estate Ferguson.

Matt Rice

Regional Sales Manager

Matt joined the team in September 2019. Centrally located in Kansas City, Missouri, to readily service the broad expanse of L’Ecole’s Midwest markets and beyond, he brings a deep understanding of the Pacific Northwest wine industry to his role as Regional Sales Manager. Previously Matt served as National Sales Manager for Owen Roe Winery for 12 years, managing 44 markets nationally and internationally. There he gained hands-on knowledge of all facets of the wine industry, including harvest work, wine production and overseeing all sales channels.

Matt is a graduate of The University of Kansas, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Britta and their dog, Poppy. An avid reader and record collector, Matt also loves cooking to share meals and wine with friends and family

Mandy Hudson

National Sales Coordinator

Mandy joined the L’Ecole team as National Sales Coordinator in 2019. She is responsible for distributor purchase orders, invoicing, logistics, and inventory management, and helps support the increasing marketing needs of the winery.

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, she moved to Walla Walla in 2007 to attend Whitman College. After graduating, Mandy moved to Portland for a few years, but missed the charm and lifestyle of Walla Walla and returned in 2017. Prior to L’Ecole, Mandy managed another family-owned winery and gained a love for the industry. In addition to her love of wine, Mandy enjoys gardening, biking, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Tasting Room

Alyson LaVarnway

Tasting Room Manager

Alyson joined the L’Ecole team as Tasting Room Manager in 2018. Originally from Alaska, she moved to Walla Walla to attend college in 2005 only planning to stay a short time. The growing wine industry caught her attention and in 2010 she accepted her first position in the wine industry.   She has held hospitality roles at some of the region’s most prestigious wineries, most recently as Hospitality & Events Manager for Dunham Cellars. Her dedication to making every guest’s experience memorable and her love of Washington wine make her a perfect fit for the team. Outside of the winery you can find her being a dog mom, working on her new home and enjoying all the best things in life: wine, food, music and friends.

Consumer Direct and Wine Club

Jaime Chalk

Jaime Chalk

Wine Club & Consumer Direct Manager

Jaime joined the L’Ecole team in 2005.  She coordinates all Club shipments and events with a focus on providing optimal service in every aspect of membership. Her position has evolved to include the growing area of on-line consumer direct sales.  Prior to L’Ecole, Jaime traveled the country as a training instructor with John Deere Company.  Away from the winery she enjoys seasonal outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, as well as cooking up new recipes with friends.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (’98, ’00).

I am nuts for our Semillon especially with cedar plank salmon or fresh chevre spread on baguette. On the red side, I love the Columbia Valley Syrah with a grilled elk loin.”

Business Office

Pam Bykonen

Pam Ransier

Office/Donations Manager

Pam joined the winery in 2016.  Her voice greets our callers and she responds to winery email inquiries.  A major part of her job is to manage and coordinate all of the winery’s charitable donations and provide office support to the L’Ecole team.  Prior to working at the winery, Pam’s career path gravitated to executive level administrative support positions within local government.  In her spare time, Pam heads a non-profit that supports art organizations throughout the Mid-Columbia area. She enjoys reading, baking, community service, and an active lifestyle with her family, friends, and dogs.

Nanci Crowley

Nanci Crowley

Controller

Nanci joined L’Ecole in 2000 as part-time accountant.  As the winery grew, her position also grew to address the financial complexities of the evolving wine industry.  Nanci was named controller in 2009.  In addition to her financial responsibilities, she manages compliance and provides human resources support.  Nanci is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.  She loves time with her family, cooking, sports, and fine wines.

“Nothing better than a Seahawks game, popcorn and L’Ecole Chardonnay!

Go Hawks!”

Justin Bren

Shipping and Inventory Manager

Justin started at L’Ecole in 2015 as a member of the production team. A Walla Walla local, he lived in Seattle for 10 years, during which he majored in environmental studies at the University of Washington. Upon returning to Walla Walla, he worked side by side with L’Ecole’s world class winemakers and his passion for wine became a lifestyle. He traveled internationally to work harvest in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s top wine regions. In 2019, Justin joined the L’Ecole team full time where he is now the shipping and inventory manager. When he’s not at the winery you can probably find him enjoying a nice bottle of cab, on the golf course, or wandering the mountains and rivers that surround our valley!

Acclaim & Accolades

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Wine & Spirits top 100 wine awards logo
Best Bordeaux Blend in the World 2011 Estate Ferguson Decanter Wine Awards logo
Best Bordeaux Blend in the World 2013 Estate Ferguson 2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge logo
Best Washington Wineries to Visit Food & Wine

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