Presenters

Thank you to all our 2022 presenters.

  • Lisa Francioni

    Lisa Francioni

    Program Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

    Lisa Francioni is Program Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the state’s wine community. She has been integral in implementing the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, a voluntary educational program for California wineries and vineyards, since 2005 and directs the third-party certification program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. She leads the development of educational workshops and events and works closely with expert partners, winegrowers, wineries, winegrower associations, and agricultural professionals to develop sustainable winegrowing tools and educational resources. Previously, Lisa served as Environmental Affairs Coordinator at Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy association of more than 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses.

    Lisa received a Master of Science in Environmental Management and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Kaitlin Gold

    Dr. Kaitlin Gold

    Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Grape Pathology at Cornell University

    Kaitlin Gold is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Grape Pathology at Cornell University, where she leads the Grape Sensing, Pathology, and Extension Laboratory at Cornell AgriTech (GrapeSPEC). Gold is a former faculty fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and internationally recognized expert in in situ and imaging spectroscopy (also known as “hyperspectral imaging”) of plant disease. Gold’s lab studies the fundamental and applied science of plant disease sensing to improve early grape disease detection and management. Gold’s extension publications (“Grape Disease Control” guide, Appellation Cornell features, and industry publications) are distributed nationally and internationally to hundreds of grape growers. Since 2019, she has published 8 peer-reviewed papers related to plant disease sensing and management, has been awarded over $1.7 million in federal grants as PI and/or Co-PI, and given 27 invited talks.

  • Tyler Franzen

    Tyler Franzen

    Technical Sales Representative, Enartis

    For the last 6 years, Tyler Franzen has worked with Enartis USA, covering a large portion of North America. A stint as a harvest intern in 2009 set him on the path to becoming a winemaker. However, it was the pursuit of knowledge and working through trials that brought him to Enartis. There, he was afforded the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of regions and industry leaders—each possessing their own unique philosophies. Each territory faces its own diverse challenges, compounded by vintage variances. Tyler recognizes the uniqueness of these challenges and avoids the ‘one size fits all’ approach to the variables that meet us every day. As the Enartis East Coast Technical Rep, his goal nowadays is to present information and techniques in a no-nonsense, laid-back, and easy-to-digest style.