Meet the Board of Directors
The Board Members of the Yucaipa Valley Wine Alliance have a combined 50 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry, and work everyday to push our mission forward. Meet the minds behind the Alliance who are dedicated to the transformation of the Yucaipa Valley and the growth of our wine industry.
Craig Suveg is the President of the Yucaipa Wine Alliance. He's the Founder and Owner of Suveg Cellars, Yucaipa's first winery. Since the winery's opening in 2010, Suveg has received critical acclaim for his wines winning over 21 combined medals in local, regional, & international wine competitions.
Preston Todd is the Vice President of the Yucaipa Wine Alliance. He is the owner of one of Yucaipa's largest vineyards in the north bench area of the city, and has been growing grapes for close to a decade. After the property is fully planted, it will be the largest yielding vineyard into the Yucaipa region.
Mike Stubbs is the Treasurer of the Yucaipa Wine Alliance, handling all financial aspects of the non-profit. Mike has decades of accounting and business management experience, and currently handles many of the finances at Suveg Cellars.
Tina Leuer is the secretary of the Yucaipa Wine Alliance. Tina and her husband John co-own a vineyard in Yucaipa's north bench region with over 200 Cabernet Vines. Tina is responsible for the administrative ins and outs of the Wine Alliance, including everything from events to membership.
Jay Fritzsche is the Marketing Director of the Yucaipa Wine Alliance. In addition to playing a vital role in the winemaking process at Suveg Cellars, Jay works to build the membership of the Wine Alliance and spread awareness about the work that we're doing in the Yucaipa Region.
John Leuer is husband to Secretary of the Wine Alliance Tina Leuer. He and Tina own one of the largest vineyards in the Yucaipa area, and John maintains all viticultural aspects of the vineyard from planting to harvest.
Wife of President Craig Suveg, Karen Suveg is co-owner and operator of Yucaipa Winery Suveg Cellars. Karen is in charge of many operational aspects of Suveg Cellars from event coordination to memberships, and along with Tina heads all administrative aspects of the Wine Alliance.
Wife of Vice President Preston Todd, Melanie Todd assists with the development and maintenance of one of Yucaipa's largest vineyards in the north bench of Yucaipa. She has years of expertise in viticulture and has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of grape productions and harvest.
David Cohen is an acclaimed Southern California food, wine, and travel writer. Appearing in notable publications like Inland Empire Magazine, the Press Enterprise and the SB Sun, David brings decades of wine and food knowledge to the Wine Alliance.