IF LIFE'S A CIRCUS, THESE ARE THE RINGLEADERS
meet the team
McMinnville, Oregon native Remy Drabkin knew she wanted to be a winemaker at 8 years old. By 14 she was working her first grape harvest and by 17, with three harvests under her belt, she was studying winemaking abroad. In 2006 she founded her eponymous Remy Wines. In addition to being one of the few prominent queer winemakers in Oregon, Remy has dedicated over 12 years to public service. Remy is currently serving as Mayor for the City of McMinnville, she also Chairs the Affordable Housing Commission and sits on the board of Visit McMinnville.
Janet is a longtime McMinnville resident who can't turn down a good invite. When the ask to help with Wine Country Pride 2022 came around, she jumped at the chance to work on the biggest, bestest, gayest, rainbow-clad party of the year.
Sara Linnertz is a high school counselor and one of the founding board members of PFLAG Newberg. She is passionate about advocating for and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in Yamhill County. Her involvement in Wine Country Pride stems from her desire for LGBTQ+ folks to feel included, welcomed, and celebrated where they live, work and play. Sara lives in McMinnville with her wife, Emily, and their two young children.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
KC Marold has lived in Yamhill County on and off for the past 18 years. She has spent the majority of that time in the wine business, focused on marketing and branding. As a life-long event planner, she was thrilled to join the Wine Country Pride team for its inaugural event. She has a passion for bringing people together and building community and thinks the world needs more rainbows.
Jacob Sembler is a Florida native that found his way to Oregon for college. He has worked throughout the wine industry, learning the ins and outs in pursuit of his goal of planting his own vineyard and wine grapes. That dream came to fruition in 2016 with his first plantings. He and his husband, Maged, manage their 42 acre property and the 2 dogs, goats, geese, ducks, and chickens that fill it and keep them on their toes. Jacob joined the WCP team in 2022.
Kristen Stoller is the owner of Chehalem Valley Dance Academy and the co-founder of the Community Wellness Collective. It is important for her to be a part of Wine Country Pride because she grew up with close friends who felt like they couldn’t be seen before they graduated or moved out of the valley. Also because she has students that fear rejection in our rural towns and she wants a better, more love-filled and inclusive county for her kids, her students, and her friends.