CSW, WSET3, FWS, BWSEd | Executive VP of Sales and Acquisitions at VINOvations
Missa holds various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment. She is the EVP of Sales and Acquisitions at VINOvations in Sharon, MA. She also teaches students of all levels of experience and interest in wine classes, lifestyle experiences, and leads wine dinners all around Massachusetts.
She is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Level 3 Advanced (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd). Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way. Demystifying wine and removing the intimidation is her passion when sharing wine with others.
Boston Wine School Founder & Executive Director
Jonathon is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School, author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional and In Vino Veritas, and a commentator for National Public Radio on WGBH | Boston Public Radio and Under The Radar.
He began writing about wine, food and travel in 1988 and emerged as a wine expert through his syndicated wine column. He has contributed numerous articles to the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer Magazine, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others.
Jonathon founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes in a dedicated 100% snob-free zone. His new book Wine Life: A Collection Of Verses will be published in 2020.
Supporting Writers & Contributors
Client Experience Manager
From Cumberland Rhode Island and recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University in a degree in Marketing. I took part in the Disney College Program for four months in retail helping to create a happy and magical experience for guests. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, spending time with friends and binge watching Netflix.
Experiential Events Manager
Hailey is a resident of Massachusetts. She is currently a Junior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst pursuing a Communication degree with a Sociology minor. In her free time, Hailey enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, and listening to music. With specialties in writing and social media, Hailey will be adding more energy and creativity to our events!
Mackenzie is a rising senior at Tulane University pursuing a major in Public Relations. Originally from Massachusetts, Mackenzie loves to travel and try new foods. She is very passionate about wine, with her current favorite being Malbec. Mackenzie has the eye and voice for coming up with new ideas.
Maddie is currently studying Management and Marketing and is an active member on the Program Board at The Catholic University of America. Maddie enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and is looking forward to learning about wine!
Let’s go Kev! From the home of our dear Patriots, Kevin is from Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Kevin pursues Marketing and Management and even plays on the rugby team. Kevin is efficiently tough but also lights up the room with his fun personality.
Graphic Design & Media
Here’s to Ciara! We got a recent graduate from Salem State University that obtains the optimum degree focusing on Public Relations and Travel and Tourism. From Massachusetts, Ciara enjoys a refreshing rosé or white sangria during the summer. She is addicted to learning new things and is thrilled to dive into the world of wine here. With her inventive and imaginative mindset, Ciara will certainly attract a broader and larger audience! Ciara loves a good quote; “Be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be humble, but not timid. Be strong, but not arrogant.” Cheers to that, Ciara!
Culinary & Marketing
Woohoo to our Massachusetts townie Daniel! Daniel is furthering a major in Marketing and a minor in Environmental studies at Keene State College. Daniel ravishes in the great outdoors and entails a great deal of care for the creatures and people living in it. With his committing heart and soul, Daniel will be enhancing our customer relations and creating an overall riveting experience here! Lets go Daniel!
Event Planning & Film
Traveling all the way from Rhode Island, let’s give a warm welcome to Olivia! Liv is a rising senior at the University of Rhode Island continuing a double major in Film Media and Public Relations. Liv enjoys white Moscato, traveling, music festivals, figure skating, dogs, the beach, and surrounding herself with friends and family. After studying abroad in Barcelona, Liv decided to bring her creativity, originality, and leadership to our team! Way to go Liv!
Marketing & Social Media
Marissa studies Communications, Marketing, and Media at Emmanuel College in Boston as a rising junior. You can catch her going for runs around town or hear her playing the guitar. With additional interests in writing and traveling, Marissa will be flavoring our content and bringing new ideas to the table. A heartful, witty, and determined personality is hard to find! Lucky to have you Marissa!
Let’s share the love for Natalie! After living in Massachusetts for 17 years, Natalie moved to Georgia and began her future at the University of Georgia. While admiring her puppy, she cools down with her favorite spicy red Shiraz. Natalie has been here with us since January and has definitely left her trademarks. From running the VINO is Life website to training our current interns, Natalie can do it all. Natalie has attained the knowledge and appreciation for wine and embraces VINO is Life. Though Natalie moves back to Georgia in the fall, we will forever love you!
Event Planning & Culinary
From Massachusetts and a recent graduate from Johnson & Wales University. Has her Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts along with a Bachelors in Sports, Entertainment, Event Management. As someone who enjoys event planning and food, she has worked with Russell Morin Fine Catering & Events for the past two years as a culinary assistant. One day hopes to become an event planner for corporate or non-profit companies. When it comes to wine, Nina enjoys a white wine and is open to exploring the exciting world of wine.
Hey Brooke! Brooke is from Massachusetts and is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston pursuing a degree in Sociology with a double minor in Communication and Women & Gender Studies. Her drink of choice is Cabernet Sauvignon and she’s excited to be working with us this summer. In her free time you can find Brooke at the beach or out on a run! She has a passion for event planning and social media that will undoubtedly help us create exceptional experiences for our upcoming events. She is creative and ambitious and we’re so glad to have her on our team! Cheers, Brooke!
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