Staff

KRIS BEAL, M.S., Executive Director

Kris Beal began with the Vineyard Team in 1998 and helped develop and institutionalize the group's research, demonstration, and education programs. Prior to her work with the Vineyard Team, Kris taught irrigation classes at Cal Poly, co-authored a Fertigation textbook, and conducted irrigation trials in the San Joaquin Valley. As a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, she facilitated meetings with the President of Panama, toured organic farms in El Salvador, and met with Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias. Most recently, she received the 2010 SLO County Wine Industry Person of the Year Award and the 2011 Profiles in Leadership Award from the California Ag Leadership Foundation.

When not at work, Kris can be found taking cooking classes and is also a yoga instructor. Email Kris

BETH VUKMANIC LOPEZ, SIP Certified Manager

Beth Vukmanic Lopez graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness, Marketing Concentration and minor in Music. Beth joined the Vineyard Team in July 2009 and has thoroughly enjoyed overseeing the development and growth of the SIP Certified program.

In her time off, Beth plays the harp professionally at weddings and events, writes and coordinates twice-weekly high intensity interval trianing (HIIT) workouts, and loves to cook. Email Beth

CRAIG MACMILLAN, Ph.D., Technical Program Manager

Craig Macmillan holds an M.S. in Plant Protection Science from Cal Poly SLO and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University. Craig has over twenty years of experience making wine and managing vineyards on the Central Coast. During that time he served as a board member and also a project manager for the Vineyard Team. Since 2003, his work has focused on teaching and research in the areas of grape pest management, enology, viticulture, and the intersection of agriculture and human values.

He is an avid disc golfer and can be found on the course most days after work. Email Craig

LINDSEY MILLER, Membership & Communications 

Lindsey Miller graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She later went on to obtain a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, and a Certificate of Graphic Design from Cuesta College. Since December 2014, Lindsey has used her diverse skills to coordinate trainings and educational events, facilitate membership, support the SIP Certification program, and manage graphic communications for the Vineyard Team. 

In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys seeing live music, skiing, hiking, and traveling the world. Email Lindsey  
 

KYLE WOMMACK, Special Events

Kyle Wommack graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a Presidential Scholar from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Tourism Planning and Development and a minor in Environmental Conservation. Kyle has represented the Vineyard Team at various industry and consumer tradeshows, community events, and the Sustainable Ag Expo since 2004.

In her free time, Kyle traveled extensively in Australia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica and her native California; she now enjoys a different type of adventure at home with her sons and 5 year old puppy in Paso Robles. Email Kyle

HEATHER THOMAS, ProgramSupport

Heather Thomas graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She finished up her education with a post graduate degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Heather joined Vineyard Team in 2015 and provides support for all programs.

When not at the office Heather spends her time writing. She recently published her first cookbook and often is found testing out recipes for her food blog sloCooking. Email Heather