Michael Schafer, Board Member
Michael Schafer Esq. aka the Wine Counselor, is the charismatic wine educator and sommelier who entertains while teaching. His humorous and fun approach to wine is reflected in his trademark phrase “I taste bad wine so you don’t have to.” Michael has been featured on CNN, ABC and in the Detroit News. He is a published author. Michael judges in international competitions. Michael has studied wine around the world for over 25 years.
Jevon Kennell, Board Member
Jevon is a full time engineer at General Motors Milford Proving Grounds. He and his wife Julia have been volunteering to help with DWO events for several years. They have also provided services such as print media, graphic design and web design.
Karen Bloomer, Board Member
Karen is the Division Wine Steward for the Kroger Company of Michigan.
Mike Peterson, Board Member
Mike started his wine career at Decanter Imports in 1995. Moved to On- Premise Management with Viviano Wine Importers in 2005. He is now with Great Lakes Wine & Spirits where he is in charge of Training and Fine Wine Sales for the Chain Accounts. Prior to moving to Michigan He was in Colorado and a Regional V.P. for the Stuart Anderson’s Restaurant chain, on the board of the National Kidney Foundation and Chairman of the John Elway Golf Classic.
John Merle, Board Member
John has been in the adult beverage industry for 26 years, and truly loves it! Over the years He has have worked for House of Midulla (Gallo Distributor), Southern Wine & Spirits in Florida, Premier Beverage, and Bronco Wine Company before settling in just recently to RNDC of Michigan.
Mike Macdonald, Board Member
Mike works at Imperial Beverage
John Jonna, Board Member
Paul Becker, Board Member
Renee Pasco, Board Member
Tracy Vanderhoff, Board Member