Management Team Dave Moser Chief Operating Officer An MBA and Digital Marketing expert by trade, Dave spent the first half of his career helping Fortune 500 companies build their businesses online before deciding he wanted to dedicate the rest of his career to his true passion: Wine. Dave’s unique perspective on the wine industry is rooted in being a longtime wine connoisseur and collector, and a visitor to more than 300 wineries across the world. Prior to joining Sunstone, Dave founded a winery marketing and customer experience company and built the DTC business at Santa Barbara County’s largest winery, including bringing to market a new brand, a first-of-its-kind online wine personalization app, and an award-winning winery tour experience. A speaker at the DTC Wine Symposium for the past three years (2018 to 2020), Dave has also won a “Vinnie” Award for Excellence in Wine Marketing and earned the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 Certification. Brittany Rice Director of Winemaking The daughter of Sunstone’s founders, Fred and Linda Rice, Brittany helped plant the first Merlot vines on the family property in 1990. At the age of 16, she began serving wine to visitors and guests in the Sunstone tasting room. At 21, she worked in the cellar alongside Sunstone’s winemaking team and learned from her mentor Dan Gehrs from 1999-2006. Brittany continued as Sunstone’s winemaker until 2010, when she decided to launch her own her own high-end, small portfolio wine brand, Millesime Cellars. Millesime was designed to be a to showcase her photograph she took during the Millennium in France. Brittany’s background in fine arts, small business and being a cordon bleu trained chef has helped to influence her wine and food education through her knowledge of the artistic approach in the discoveries of chemistry within the food and wine creations she and her team produces Alicia Valenzuela Sr. Manager, Hospitality Alicia was born and raised in Santa Barbara. Growing up her dream was to sing on the TV show “Star Search”! When the show was cancelled, she knew her dreams would have to change, and decided to pursue a degree in business. On her 21st birthday, Alicia stumbled across the wine industry and immediately fell in love. She quickly picked up a part-time tasting room position in 2004 and changed her major from business to wine sales and marketing. Over the past 16 years, Alicia has worked her way through the ranks from Part-Time Wine Server to General Manager. Her love and passion for hospitality, customer service, and great wine has led her to join the Sunstone team, managing the tasting room. Alicia is actively studying for her WSET certifications and plans to share that knowledge and passion with anyone who is willing to share a glass of wine with her. Joann Saldana Estate Experience Manager Joann’s career began in the culinary business, working at her grandmother’s restaurant when she was a teen. While balancing her career with raising her kids, Joann eventually landed in the dental industry, doing sales and customer service and attending conferences all over the country. Joann started working in the wine industry by accident. When Master Sommelier Paolo Barbieri, whom her mom was working for at the time, needed some extra help pouring wine at an event, she obliged. After working part time for Barbieri for two years, Joann knew she wanted to be in the wine industry full time. She joined Sunstone and the rest is history. Joann manages the Sunstone estate, including the world-famous Sunstone Villa, while also handling event sales and VIP customer experiences. Tasting Room & Wine Club Team Jessica Lim Tasting Room Lead Debbie Chavez Estate Experience Lead Khaeli Brumfield Wine Club Lead Elva Guerrero Administrative Assistant Shannon Hall Tasting Room Associate Josue Mejia Tasting Room Associate Mario Leon Tasting Room Associate Shawna White Tasting Room Associate Monica Gaitan Tasting Room Associate Erika Vogt Tasting Room Associate Gina Verkamp Tasting Room Associate Berenice Mejia Tasting Room Associate Megan Dant Tasting Room Associate Mimi Osborn Tasting Room Associate Gladis Barboza Tasting Room Associate Genesis Negrete Tasting Room Associate Mac Bruce Tasting Room Operations Ruby Ortiz Tasting Room Operations Layla Valenzuela Tasting Room Operations Izzy Hall Tasting Room Operations Ethan Verkler Tasting Room Operations Emily Ayala Tasting Room Operations WINEMAKING TEAM Brittany Rice Director of Winemaking The daughter of Sunstone’s founders, Fred and Linda Rice, Brittany helped plant the first Merlot vines on the family property in 1990. Jon Flores Assistant Winemaker Jose Gomez Cellar Master Lupe Chavez Assistant Cellar Master Maricela Gomez Cellar Assistant ESTATE OPERATIONS TEAM Nick Ocampo Groundskeeping & Maintenance Alicia Ochoa Housekeeper Jason Webster Groundskeeping & Maintenance Cynthia Bissinger Housekeeper Board of directors Gary Smith Chairman Teddy Cabugos President, Director Djamila Cabugos, Esq. Director Fred Rice Founder, Director Dave Moser Chief Operating Officer An MBA and Digital Marketing expert by trade, Dave spent the first half of his career helping Fortune 500 build online businesses.