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Elliston Staff


Donna Flavetta

Owner & Vice President

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 Maita

Marketing Coordinator 

Madeline joined the Elliston Vineyards wedding team in 2011 and has helped plan and coordinate hundreds of weddings and special events. She now oversees our online presence and  marketing. Madeline studied Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management from San Jose State University and has over 10 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 traveling the world with her husband.



Tiffani Lew

Senior 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

Senior Event Coordinator 

Kimberley has been working in the food and beverage industry since 2012 then discovered her passion for events and  hospitality while working at the Four Seasons. Her attention to detail and warm demeanor can make any bride feel at ease. In her free time Kimberley enjoys exploring new places, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.



Emily Martin

Event Coordinator 

Emily has been planning and producing special events for over 6 years throughout the West Coast. Emily studied Theater Production, Tourism, and Event Planning at California State University, East Bay. She has an extensive background in Hospitality and Entertainment, coupled with international travel and living. She has a passion for creating and capturing magical moments. When not working you can find her performing locally or researching new places to travel.


Brooke Whiting

Event Assistant

Brooke is working on her degree in Communication Studies and minor in Event Management at San Jose State University and will be graduating in May 2020. Besides her work at Elliston, she has a broad background in planning special events such as philanthropic fundraisers , meetings and social events. In her free time, Brooke loves spending time with friends and family and loves to travel. She has explored several countries including Germany, France, Uganda, Mexico, and soon Ireland.



Cesar Vazquez

Property Manager 

Cesar works daily during the week to ensure that you property is looking perfect for your wedding day. With a great eye for detail, Cesar always has great ideas on new features and hidden gems around our estate.  Cesar does everything from repairs around the property, setting up tables & layouts, and landscaping.


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 tasting throughout the years.


Head shots courtesy of Eli Pitta Photography & Simple Joie Photography 

"Thank you so much for everything that you did for our wedding! I never would have expected it to go so smoothly or look so beautiful! We are so happy that we chose Elliston as our venue and have received so many compliments on how beautiful it was. Zero regrets. It was everything we could have asked for." - Alisha & Andrew - May 22, 2016