Our Team

Our Team

Management Team

Dave Moser

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

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

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.

Megan Good

Megan Good

Sr. Manager, Business Operations

A native of the California Central Coast, Megan earned her Business Administration degree from California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, with an emphasis on wine marketing/management and viticulture. As soon as she turned 21, Megan began working in the tasting room of a world-renowned winery in Paso Robles specializing in Rhone varietals. After graduation, Megan returned to Lompoc and worked with local wineries gaining first-hand knowledge of the Santa Barbara County wine industry. Through her work with family-owned wineries, Megan has become an expert in her field of compliance, human resources, and business management.

Joann Saldana

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

Jessica Lim

Tasting Room Lead
Debbie Chavez

Debbie Chavez

Estate Experience Lead
Khaeli Brumfield

Khaeli Brumfield

Wine Club Lead
Elva Guerrero

Elva Guerrero

Administrative Assistant
Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall

Tasting Room Associate
Josue Mejia

Josue Mejia

Tasting Room Associate
Mario Leon

Mario Leon

Tasting Room Associate
Shawna White

Shawna White

Tasting Room Associate
Monica Gaitan

Monica Gaitan

Tasting Room Associate
Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt

Tasting Room Associate
Gina Verkamp

Gina Verkamp

Tasting Room Associate
Berenice Mejia

Berenice Mejia

Tasting Room Associate
Megan Dant

Megan Dant

Tasting Room Associate
Mimi Osborn

Mimi Osborn

Tasting Room Associate
Gladis Barboza

Gladis Barboza

Tasting Room Associate
Genesis Negrete

Genesis Negrete

Tasting Room Associate
Mac Bruce

Mac Bruce

Tasting Room Operations
Ruby Ortiz

Ruby Ortiz

Tasting Room Operations
Layla Valenzuela

Layla Valenzuela

Tasting Room Operations
Izzy Hall

Izzy Hall

Tasting Room Operations
Ethan Verkler

Ethan Verkler

Tasting Room Operations
Emily Ayala

Emily Ayala

Tasting Room Operations
Colin Fitzpatrick

Colin Fitzpatrick

Creative Director

WINEMAKING TEAM

Brittany Rice

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

Jon Flores

Assistant Winemaker
Jose Gomez

Jose Gomez

Cellar Master
Lupe Chavez

Lupe Chavez

Assistant Cellar Master
Maricela Gomez

Maricela Gomez

Cellar Assistant

ESTATE OPERATIONS TEAM

Nick Ocampo

Nick Ocampo

Groundskeeping & Maintenance
Alicia Ochoa

Alicia Ochoa

Housekeeper
Jason Webster

Jason Webster

Groundskeeping & Maintenance
Cynthia Bissinger

Cynthia Bissinger

Housekeeper

Board of directors

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Chairman
Teddy Cabugos

Teddy Cabugos

President, Director
Djamila Cabugos, Esq.

Djamila Cabugos, Esq.

Director
Fred Rice

Fred Rice

Founder, Director
Dave Moser

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.