School Faculty

Our instructors are highly-qualified, well known and respected wine industry veterans who bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the classroom, ensuring that students are well-prepared to enter the job market after graduation or progress in their current careers.


Peter Bos

Peter Bos began his winemaking career in 1977, when there were only four premium wineries in Washington State. Peter has made wine alongside such notable winemakers as Robert Griffin (Barnard Griffin), David Lake (Columbia Winery), Brian Carter (SilverLake), Mike Januik (Snoqualmie), Charlie Hoppes (Snoqualmie) and many others. He has been head winemaker for Tagaris, Hyatt, SilverLake, and Mt. Baker wineries. His experience also extends beyond the world of winemaking into the realms of retail and wholesale marketing. Peter has managed wine departments for Safeway, QFC and Town and Country Markets as well as working in wholesale wine sales for P & S Wine Company and Elliott Bay Distributing. This depth of experience allows him to give students a well-rounded view of the Washington wine industry. Peter’s goal at South Seattle College is “to build a program that is not only a resource for our industry, but a place for industry to come and learn new skills and technologies.”

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Miranda J. Porterfield

Miranda J Porterfield has a Wine MBA in Wine and is the Instructor for Marketing and Sales at South Seattle College’s Northwest Wine Academy.

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Tanya Morning Star Darling

Tanya Darling is an experienced wine educator, who has taught hundreds of classes over the years; her love of classical wines, her passion for life, nature, and gastronomy inspire her work and teaching. Tanya was first exposed to fine food and wine as a young woman during her studies in France and New York City, where she became fascinated by the interplay between wine, food, history, and cultural identity. A stalwart traveler, Tanya has visited many of the great wine regions of Western and Eastern Europe as well as those of the United States; she has a BFA from NYU and studied wine formally in the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma program and at the Cervantes Institute in NYC. Tanya has been working in the wine industry, restaurants, retail and education for nearly two decades.

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Jennifer Hurley

Jennifer Hurley grew up in Alaska and moved to Seattle in 2012 after stops in Chicago and Cincinnati. Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Jen began exploring the wine industry by taking classes at the Northwest Wine Academy, and completed her Certificate in Wine Making in 2015. Jen has worked harvests at both NWWA and Chateau Ste. Michelle. In her free time, Jen loves to travel with her husband and always checks out regional wineries; her favorite trips include New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.

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Leonard Redé

A restaurateur, wine steward, consultant and educator with almost 30 years of industry experience, Leonard Redé has a unique blend of culinary and wine expertise. He is currently the European Wine Specialist at Esquin Wine Merchants. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager at Wine World working alongside David LeClaire helping to create the largest wine store in Washington State. He has worked as a Wine Steward for Metropolitan Market and is a well regarded in the wine industry for his knowledge of wine history and gastronomy. As instructor in the Wine Technology Program at South Seattle College, he wrote the curriculum for the Associate of Arts Degree in Food and Wine Pairing, the first college level program of its kind. He is a an award winning chef and he was nominated for educator of the year while Chef Instructor at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

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Jane Rockhold

Jane Rockhold teaches Wine Business and is the Grant Activity Manager for the Northwest Wine Academy. Jane went through the Wine Technology program in 2007/2008 and received one of the first certificates offered by NWWA. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, with a specialization in Agribusiness. Her business background includes roles in international sales and product development as well as financial control and inventory management. Additionally, she is registered as a Certified Professional in Supply Management by the Institute of Supply Management. Beyond her interest in the wine industry, she has also worked with Doctors Without Borders as a Project Administrative Manager responsible for finance and human resource functions of emergency projects overseas.

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Todd  Threlkeld – Cellar master

Todd Threlkeld grew up in the Seattle area and took the plunge to winemaking after careers in teaching and woodworking. Creative impulses combined with living in one of the worlds’s great viticultural regions led Todd to winemaking. He and wife Anne started winemaking in 2011 and began taking classes here in 2013. Todd is completing his certificate in Winemaking at Northwest Wine Academy while helping Peter Bos guide students through the Production series. Along with his second NWWA harvest, 2016 is the first commercial harvest for Todd and Anne’s T2 Cellar. Todd enjoys cycling, hiking, as well as cooking and wine travel with Anne.

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Linn Scott

Linn Scott, a Seattle native, teaches Viticulture and Wine Science classes at the Northwest Wine Academy. He has a Masters of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the Vinifera Euromaster Consortium. He studied and conducted research at Montpellier SupAgro in Montpellier, France and at the Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim in Germany. He completed a thesis on the viticultural and enological practices that are used in farming and making Riesling in Washington State. Aside from teaching he works in winemaking with Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville.

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Ezra Wicks

Sommelier – Service and Beverage Management

Ezra’s love of good wine and authentic Italian cuisine began at an early age when his family began traveling to Europe each summer. During these many travels, Ezra enjoyed sampling the various flavor profiles from different regions throughout Italy and beyond. During a four-month tour of southern Europe in 2010, his passion peaked for aperitivi cocktails and indigenous Italian varietal wines.

Ezra is a Certified Sommelier and enjoys sharing his knowledge and favorite old world wines with his Osteria la Spiga guests. He has also mastered the art of craft cocktails, using a range of ingredients to create interesting concoctions. His current personal favorite on la Spiga’s craft cocktail list is the Caipiroska Della Passione; passion fruit puree muddled with fresh lime and house chili-infused vodka. Salute!

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Winery Staff

Deryn Doverty

Nancy Kedward

Judy Olsen 

Phoebe Prohaska

Harrison (Harry) Moen

Event Coordinator

Miranda Porterfield or

Student Advisor

New and Current students contact:

Dieny Aras

Student Success Specialist

Phone: 206-934-5394

Office: TEC 140

Internship/Career specialist

Ona Fisher

Embedded Career Specialist

Phone: 1-206-934-7962