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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. A lover of design and décor, Madeline loves helping couples find the perfect wedding style and has done everything from Boho Chic to Classic Elegance. 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.



Meghan Hill

Event Coordinator

Meghan joined the Elliston team in 2014 as one of our special events interns.  Her attention to detail, friendly personality, and professionalism made her the perfect addition to our Event Coordinator team!  Meghan graduated from California State University, East Bay with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism.  In her free time, Meghan loves traveling to Disneyland, and cheering on the New England Patriots (go Tommy!).


Danielle Petroff

Event Coordinator

Danielle has always had a passion for events and weddings!  She began working at Elliston in 2014 on our special events intern team.  Danielle’s confidence and outgoing personality makes her a great asset to our Event Coordinator team.  Danielle has a passion for fashion, and loves country music!



Jeff Schulz

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 tastings throughout the year.



"Meghan, I wanted to tell you what an amazing job you and the while staff at Elliston did! We couldn't have been more pleased with our special day. You took care of all of our details beautifully, it was so nice getting to enjoy our day rather than stressing about the small details. We really appreciate what a beautiful job all of you did! We will definitely be recommending Elliston Vineyards to anyone looking for a perfect venue." - Kayley & Daniel - May 28, 2017