AWS Educational Foundation 2017 Board of Trustees
Bonnie Lance has served on the AWSEF Board of Trustees since 2010, as both VP for Corporate Development and as the President since January 2014. Bonnie has worked at various vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island, NY since 2004 and currently at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic, NY, where she assists with various wine education classes and in the tasting room. Bonnie has achieved certification as a Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators, is certified with the WSET at both the intermediate and advanced levels and a Year 1 graduate of the Wine Judge Certification program. She is also an AWS member of the Kylix Chapter since 2004. Bonnie is an Administrative Assistant at Warburg Pincus LLC in New York City since 2005. Bonnie and her husband, Jay, reside in Butler, NJ.
Executive Vice President / VP Corporate Developmentvpcorporatedev@awsef.org
Jim High joined the Glimmerglass (NY) Chapter of AWS in 2009. Since joining, he has worked with members to design and publish the chapter’s website. Jim has also taken on the responsibility of reporting the results of tastings of the Glimmerglass chapter. He like to do research and explore wine shops and in doing so has presented a number of tasting to the chapter. Jim is retired and involved with an international community service organization. Jim and his wife, Anita, also an AWS member, live in Cooperstown, NY.
Karl Starkloff has served on the AWSEF Board of Trustees since 2010 as its Secretary. A charter member of the North Alabama Chapter, founded in 1994, where he served as the Newsletter Editor for over 12 years. He has attended every AWS National Conference since 1996. Karl is retired from the US Air Force and currently works for a defense contractor in Huntsville, AL. In his spare time, Karl is a District Leader for Primerica Financial Services. Karl and his wife, Judy, reside in Madison, AL.
Walt Rachele has been a member of AWS for over 30 years, Past Chapter Chairman (Carroll County), Wine Judge Certification Program Graduate and Instructor for 20 years. He has traveled in search of the Mother Vine to Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary finding only wonderful local wines, unusual varietals and new friends. Completing a 3 year term as Treasurer with AWS and a prior term (2000-2005) as Treasurer of AWSEF is again combining his love of learning about wine with his profession of Accounting & Finance to join the AWSEF BOD as Treasurer. His heartfelt goal is to help provide funding for the next generations of students that will be the future of the wine industry.
VP Private Developmentvpprivate@awsef.org
Danny is a Regional Vice President for the AWS in the Northern NJ/Southern NY region and has been a volunteer and assistant at the AWS National Conference for ten years. He is a certified AWS wine judge, judges for multiple State Governor’s Cup wine competitions, and is Chairman for the NJ State Fair Wine Competition and the AWS NJ Amateur Wine Competitions. Danny is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS and an MBA and is currently employed as a Regional Operations Manager for an S&P 500 Company.
Kristen discovered the AWS in 2010 when she joined the N. Alabama Chapter. She is currently a Regional Vice President and has assisted with founding five more chapters in North Alabama. Kristen is an AWS-Certified Wine Judge and judges for a number of competitions across the U.S. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, a French Wine Scholar through the Wine Scholar Guild, and has completed the WSET Level 2 (intermediate) with merit. She enjoys educating others about wine, including her husband, Phillip, with whom she lives in Huntsville (Rocket City), Alabama.
Kristin Casler Kraft
Kristin serves on the AWSEF board as president of AWS for 2017-2018. She has been an AWS member for 20 years and an AWS certified wine judge since 2010. She is also active locally, having served as the Perkiomen Valley Chapter chair in eastern PA for four years. Kristin loves wine travel and food pairings and has had many adventures with her husband, Jack. She works in the non-wine world as a legal writer and litigation conference producer.
Eric has been a member of the AWS Walt Whitman Chapter since 2002. He has been an officer of the Walt Whitman Chapter since 2008 and is currently in his third year of the Wine Judge Certification Program. Eric is a partner with the Law Firm of Kulzer & DiPadova in Haddonfield, New Jersey focusing on Tax and Trust and Estate matters. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and State of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Cape May Bar Association, and a Trustee and Tax Committee Chairperson for the Camden County Bar Association. He is also a Major in the Army Reserves serving in the JAG Corps with 29 years of enlisted and commissioned service. He received his Bachelors of Science from Indiana University, and MBA, Juris Doctorate, and LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University. Eric is married to Lauren (also an AWS member) and their children are Eric, Jr., Emma, Elizabeth, and Eva.