Bio - Marilyn Webb - Chief Financial Officer
- Posted on April 09 2011, 11:24 am
- Posted by BHV Blog
Marilyn was an assistant dean of women at the University of Washington when she first met notorious student anti-war activist Terry Casteel. A few years later, when they were married and making a living as practicing therapists in Seattle, they started drinking Burgundy and became wine enthusiasts, and the rest is history.
“When we arrived in Oregon, babies in tow, the first thing I did was organize, mostly by phone, for the dinners celebrating winners of the Oregon State Fair wine competition. Some dinners were better than others, as I recall! That would have been about 1980- 1983.” Marilyn has been cooking food to go with wine ever since, and has created memorable meals for many special occasions at Bethel Heights. She cooks lunch for the crush crew almost every day for several months during harvest, and makes up new recipes to serve with our wines. So she thinks a lot about where our food comes from, and brings her perspective on “Sustainability and the Kitchen Table” to the conversations about sustainability at Bethel Heights.
But cooking has never been Marilyn’s day job…
From the beginning, Marilyn lent her considerable organizational talents and hard work to helping to launch the Oregon wine industry. From 1980 to 1984 she served on the Oregon Winegrowers' Association Board of Directors. In 1983, she edited the second edition of the Oregon Winegrape Growers Guide, under the title Oregon Viticulture, still the basic how-to book for everyone coming to this new region to grow grapes. When the Oregon Wine Advisory Board came into being, she served as a member from 1984 - 1988, chairing the research committee one year, and as chair of the board from 1986 – 1988, authoring the first Oregon wine marketing plan in 1988. “As I recall, Myron Redford's calculator, attached to his personal check book, was critical to our first pass at what we grew, how much wine we had, and therefore, how much we had to sell as an industry promoting brand Oregon. Those were the days.” Marilyn also was active in the early 1990's with Women for Winesense and was on the SALUD Board of Directors.
In 1992 Marilyn took an outside job to support college years for sons Ben and Jon, working full time until 2003 for Portland State University as a Director in the School of Extended Studies, and Director of Training for the Child Welfare Partnership – meanwhile working weekends doing all the bookkeeping for Bethel Heights and helping to keep the business plan on track. In 2003 she returned to Bethel Heights full time.