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2018 AWS Board of Directors & National Office


Kristin Casler Kraft

Perkiomen Valley Chapter, PA

Member since 1996

Kristin has been a wine aficionado since she spent a semester in Paris during college. Her mission is to continually broaden her wine knowledge and to share that knowledge. She has been a certified AWS wine judge since 2010, and has judged amateur and commercial competitions around the country. Kristin served several years as chapter chair and vice chair. A former wine columnist, she still occasionally writes about wine.


Joseph Broski

Princeton Chapter, NJ
Member since 1998

Joe developed an insatiable curiosity about wine in his late 20s (pre-internet days) and had the good fortune a few years later to meet others who shared his passion. He joined the AWS in 1998, and progressed through the leadership roles. Today, Joe belongs to several local, regional, and national wine groups. His reviews of books on wine can be found on Amazon.com. Vacations are not complete without winery tours in the European countryside.


Leanne Wheeler 

Hartford Area Chapter, CT
Member since 2011

Leanne is an AWS Certified Wine Judge and has completed levels one and two of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) program, passing both with distinction. Leanne is a wine educator and serves as an instructor at Manchester Community College as well as for Level 1 of the AWS Super Tasting Series. Most recently, Leanne took on the role of competition director for the Amenti del Vino Annual International Wine competition. She enjoys traveling to wine regions to satiate her thirst for knowledge.


Thomas Wallman

Dayton Chapter, OH

Member since 1996


Director of Competitions

Joseph Dautlick

Laurel Highlands Chapter, PA
Member since 1999 

Joe is an American Wine Society Certified Wine Judge and teaches in the AWS Judge Training Program. This is his second term as Director of Competitions. Joe has judged and organized many commercial and amateur wine competitions. He also is a panelist in the Pennsylvania Wine Quality Initiative. His passion is education, actively lecturing to groups interested in developing competent wine evaluation skills, focusing on sensory and fault identification, as well as food and wine pairing. Joe holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Director of Member Services

Jay Bileti

Sonoita Chapter, AZ
Member since 1993

Jay has been closely involved with wine since he was a child (helping both of his Italian grandfathers make wine). He worked his way through college as a restaurant wine steward and retail wine sales clerk. He is one of four International Wine Masters in the world. He has studied viticulture and winemaking around the world, is very active on the wine competition circuit and has written for multiple wine publications.

He previously served as RVP of Arizona and as a chapter chair.

Director of Education

Aaron Mandel

St. Louis Chapter, MO

Member since 2008

Aaron is a wine educator, wine judge and student of wine. He started his formal wine education with the Society of Wine Educator’s Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) in 2008. He earned AWS Wine Judge Certification in 2011 and took over running the program in 2012. Aaron has judged numerous competitions in the United States and annually judges the International Wine Challenge in London. He has taught WSET and CSW classes and worked as both an instructor and mentor for students in the sommelier program (although he spills too much wine to teach service). He has earned his Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is currently enrolled in the Master of Wine Program.

Executive Director

David Falchek

Electric City Chapter, PA
Member since 1999

Member Service Manager

Katherine Kearney

Electric City Chapter, PA
Member since 2016


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