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Elliston Staff


Donna Flavetta

Vice President, Owner & Senior Event Planner

Donna moved to Elliston Vineyards at the age of 7 and grew up on the property. She took over the business when her parents retired and has been planning and coordinating events since 1982. Today Donna is the co-owner and Vice President of Elliston Vineyards. With hundreds of weddings under her belt, Donna is the expert at all things wedding. When she’s not working, Donna enjoys spending time with her two sons and her grandchildren.


Madeline Simmons

Senior Event Coordinator, Office & Event Manager

Madeline joined the Elliston Vineyards team in 2011 and has helped plan and coordinate over 200 weddings and special events. Madeline studied Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management from San Jose State University and has over 8 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  In her free time Madeline spends her time as an advisor for her college sorority, wine tasting in the Livermore Valley, and searching Pinterest for the newest wedding trends.



Kirsten Mendoza

Senior Event Coordinator

Kirsten graduated from San Jose State with a BS in Hospitality, Tourism & Event Management. She has worked over 7 years in every facet of the hospitality industry. She found her true calling for weddings when she joined the Elliston Vineyards team in 2014. Her fun-loving personality and attention to detail makes her a great asset to the team. When not helping plan weddings, Kirsten is also a yoga teacher and loves traveling.


Tiffani Lew

Event Coordinator

Tiffani has always had a passion for weddings!  She began working at Elliston on our special events intern team. With over 5 years in the hospitality industry, Tiffani knows how to work with clients to make their event unforgettable.  Our clients love her bubbly personality, professionalism and her passion for weddings.    In her free time, Tiffani loves traveling to Disneyland, sampling wine at local wineries, and shopping.



Kimberley Mata

Event Coordinator 

Kimberley has been working in the hospitality and events industry since high school, starting with restaurants, then moving to the Four Seasons.  Her attention to detail and warm demeanor can make any couple feel at ease with wedding planning.   In her downtime, Kimberley enjoys exploring new restaurants across the Bay Area, and playing with her family’s dogs.


Joie Vang

Office Coordinator 

Joie is in the office during the week to help answer any questions that a couple might have when planning their wedding.  As a professional wedding photographer, Joie is very familiar with the wedding process, and is always willing to offer creative ideas on photo shots, decor, and much more!  Joie enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her dogs, and hiking.



Michael Kajioka

Property Manager & Banquet Captain

Mikey has always had a passion for events & the hospitality industry.  After graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Hospitality & Event Management, Mikey joined the Elliston team.  Mikey is our go-to guy for any work around the property.  You may also see Mikey at our events, as he is our lead bartender & head server – he really can do it all!  In his free time Mikey enjoys snowboarding, watching the Walking Dead, and traveling.


Deth Thongsarath

Property Manager 

Deth works daily during the week to ensure that you property is looking perfect for your wedding day.  With a great eye for landscaping, Deth always has great ideas on new features and hidden gems around our estate.  Deth does everything from repairs around the property, setting up tables & layouts, and landscaping.  He is often assisted by his two dogs Jax (pictured) & Spy.



Jeff Schultz

Executive Chef

Jeff started in the hospitality industry at a young age, his parents owned a restaurant that he worked at growing up.  Before joining the Elliston team, Jeff worked at several other event venues in the Tri-Valley area. Chef Jeff has been working with Elliston Vineyards for over 10 years as our Executive Chef.  Jeff enjoys working with our coordinators to create the perfect menu for clients, and is proficient in many delicacies.  Booked couples have the opportunity to meet Jeff at our menu tasting throughout the years.


"Dear Kirsten - We want to thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special. We truly appreciated Kirsten's professionalism, responsiveness, attention to detail, and her warm personality that made the entire planning process simple and enjoyable. We are also SO appreciative of how fantastic both she, and Meghan were on our wedding day! Our guests asked where we found the beautiful venue and commented on how lovely everything looked. We look forward to making special visits to Elliston to reminisce and wine taste!" - Carrie & Bill - December 17, 2016