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Our Team

Our Team

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

Cody Testerman

General Manger

Cody has been a member of the Grace team since 2016. He started as the property manager a quickly became a super star team member. Cody's favorite animals are sea turtles, and his favorite activity is doing an escape room.

Kira Gensler

Event Manager

Temple graduate, Kira joined us in October 2018 but you wouldn't know it! Kira enjoys the energy of the event industry and is always up for a challenge. When Kira is not working she loves eating tacos, playing with Rita her cute bullterrier mix, adventuring to local breweries and exploring the city of Philadelphia.

Andrew Yingst

Head Winemaker

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

Maria Hembekides

Tasting Room Manager

Meet Maria, our tasting room manager! Maria began her wine journey in Virginia where she developed a love for east coast wine culture. If she’s not chatting with her regulars and first timers in our tasting room you’ll find her playing show tunes on the piano or hiking at Ridley creek state park.

Kelsey Fitzgerald

Pastry Chef

If you don’t see her while staying at the manor house you may also find her in the tasting room. Kelsey’s favorite Grace wines are the Cuvée and Rosé. When she’s not working you’ll probably find her painting/doing crafts or going out with friends and family.

Katelyn Patrick

Assistant Events Coordinator

Her favorite Grace wine is 1734 and her favorite food is pasta! She loves Reese’s (or really anything with chocolate!!!) In her free time Katelyn enjoys going to concerts with friends or relaxing at home and watching movies⁣!!

Nala

This two-year-old brindle has lived here her whole life. You will probably find her greeting you by your car in the check in lot or escorting you over to the tasting room for a glass of wine. If you’re stopping by to visit the farm don’t forget the dogs love treats!

Rachel Testerman

Director of Sales & Events

Rachel, a Penn State grad, has plenty of experience in the hospitality industry. Rachel enjoy watching The Office, cheering on the Steelers and cuddling with her adorable puppy Nala, all while sipping a glass of Grace Rosé.

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.

Deanna Simonsen

Brand Ambassador

You’ll see her at all of our offsite events and in the tasting room! Deanna’s favorite food is STEAK and she loves Chick-Fil-A’s lemonade! When she’s not on the farm she’s hanging out with her dog Stella or working at Boostin’ Bowls! ⁣

Crisanta Kelly

Front Desk Manager

She’ll make sure you feel right at home from the moment you check in. She has a passion for hospitality and will make sure every detail is perfect! for if you’re lucky you’ll catch her hanging out in the pub room, otherwise she’s home cuddling her dog Dixie or out on the hunt for the perfect garlic parmesan wings.

Kaleshia Handy

Lead housekeeper

When she's not working hard on the farm she's an active cheer mom, who loves doing party planning on the side! She loves to pair our Grace Winery Rosé with her favorite fish, tilapia and enjoys watching Lifetime television!⁣

Julep

The Original Farm Dog!

This beautiful lab loves to swim 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!

Rita

Is the newest additional to the farm, but she’s never felt more at home. This seven-month-old pit bull/bullterrier mix just recently joined team but Julep and Nala put her straight to work. When Rita is not at work she loves cuddles, peanut butter snacks and meeting new dogs at the dog park!