Our Team

Meet the people who are here to make your experience extra special!

Cody Testerman

General Manager

Cody has been a member of the Grace team since 2016. Cody started as the property manager and quickly became everyone's go to team member. His extreme eye for detail comes from his particularly impressive career path. Cody's favorite pastime is a challenging escape room and snorkeling with sea turtles.

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Rachel Testerman

Assistant General Manager

Rachel, a Pennsylvania State University grad, has many years of experience in all different avenues of the hospitality industry. Responsible for the boom in events hosted at the Inn at Grace Winery, Rachel is now a pivotal member of the team. In her downtime she enjoys visiting a sunny beach, watching reality tv, cuddling all of her adorable pups, all while sipping a glass of Grace Sauvignon Blanc.

Tori Grieco

Wedding Coordinator

Tori is a brand new face to our team. She was born and raised in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. Tori’s passion for the wedding industry comes from simply, loving, love. When she isn’t busy creating your dream wedding day, she enjoys spending her time outdoors. Specifically, enjoys dirt track racing, exploring new wineries and breweries with her family and friends, and stopping at her local Starbucks to see if they got any new cups in. Yes, she is addicted to them.

Dan Wood

Executive Chef

Florida born and Tennessee raised, Executive Chef Dan worked in kitchens across the south before venturing north. Chef Dan found a home in the Philadelphia area where he landed a couple of spots working with talented chefs and cooks alike. Working predominately with Chef Keith Rudolf at Terrain in Glen Mills, PA, Dan also helped with the opening of Wilmington’s, La Fia Market Bistro as the sous chef to James Beard Foundation award winning chef, Bryan Sikora. He currently creates and executes all of Grace's private events ,bringing creativity and exceptional cuisine to the table every day.

Cory Ruggiero

Brand Ambassador

After graduating from Neumann University with a Bachelors in Sport Management ‘20 and a Masters in Sports Business ‘21, Cory decided to switch career fields and focus on the Wine and Hospitality Industry. Cory brings a fresh perspective, with an eagerness to expand the Grace brand, while learning everything the wine industry has to offer. In his free time Cory loves to attend concerts and festivals, snowboard, and hang around his home, Trolly Square in Wilmington Delaware.

Katelyn Patrick

Event Manager

Katelyn, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate, joined the team in February 2019. She enjoys the energy of the event industry. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, concerts with friends, or relaxing at home and watching movies⁣ with a glass of our 1734.

Jerry Crepack

Property Team

Born and raised in Delaware County, Jerry became a recent member of the team this past year after working for a printing press company. Jerry takes the lead on keeping the grounds at The Inn at Grace Winery looking beautiful and has especially enjoyed caring for the properties many farm animals. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys being with his family and friends, road trips, spending time outdoors fishing and playing with his son.

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Andrew Yingst

Head Winemaker

Andrew joined the team in July 2018. Andrew's passion for wine started during a backpacking trip in New Zealand. Andrew joins us with great knowledge on east coast growing and is very excited to expand the Grace Winery brand.

Kyle Nobel

Wine Program Director

Kyle is excited to be joining us with 2 years of winery experience! Kyle's passion for wine came right out of college as he would visit New Jersey wineries in search of quaint scenery and a robust glass of red! Kyle started at his first winery in the kitchen but during covid he turned his passion into progress working in the vineyard, cellar, and eventually managing the Tasting Room. Kyle hopes to intermingle the history of our estate with a current sense of experience for each and every guest!

Kerry Miller

Front Desk Associate

Kerry recently joined the Grace team. She loves the fast-paced environment and interacting with the many guests that stay here. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants and breweries with family and friends.

John Moore

Property Team

John comes from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working for various landscaping companies and golf courses in Delaware. When John is not on property he likes to hunt with friends or go hiking trying to identify various mushrooms along the way and listening to podcast. John’s knowledge and experience make for a perfect fit for the property team.

Malachi Mclain

Chef

Malachi was born and raised in Chester, PA. He started in kitchens when he was 16, and quickly worked his way through the different kitchen ranks. He joined our team in 2019 and enjoys cooking breakfast for all our guests. When Malachi is not working, you can find him enjoying time with his children or roller blading!

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Alton Briscoe

Sous Chef

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, sous chef Alton started working in a local neighborhood deli in his young teens. He eventually moved on to work at Terrain Café where he worked his way up to the position of lead line cook. In addition to helping open their new location in Devon, PA. He enjoys reading autobiographies as well as being a DJ in his spare time.

Becky Price

Lead housekeeper

Becky has been lovingly nicknamed “Squirrel”. She enjoys spending her days off with her two beautiful daughters and her golden retriever Bailey. She loves Indian food, the mountains, sunsets and a good Cabernet.

Kim Mahaffey

Lead housekeeper

Born in Elkton, MD and raised in Oxford, PA. Kim worked in Healthcare for 27 years as a certified nursing assistant and environmental partner for skilled care units. Kim enjoys spending time with family, talking with her two sons, James and Jordan, and watching reality TV while cuddled up with her two dogs Max and Anna.

Christian Piziak

Chef

Christian started his culinary career as a wawa customer service associate, after being promoted to a lead at wawa he decided to move to the restaurant industry where he worked at the Wilmington restaurant, The Corner Bistro for a year and a half. After the initial covid shutdown he moved to Grace Winery to expand his culinary knowledge. When working in the tasting room he primarily works garde manger but also enjoys being able to assists Chef Dan with dinner service. His love for cooking came from watching his grandfather and mother cook for him when he was a kid as well as tv cooking shows. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Muay Thai and building and fixing computers.

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Julep

The Original Farm Dog!

This beautiful lab loves swimming in the pond or running through the vineyard with her dad. Julep is in charge of greeting everyone when they arrive to the farm! She may be six years old but she can keep up with the young ones!

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Nala

Chief Entertainment Officer

This four year old bridle mix has lived here her whole life! You might see her greeting you at your car door or leading the way to the barn for a wine tasting. If you are coming to visit, don't forget the treats!