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Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Aengus Wagner

Aengus Wagner

President | Chief Ambassador of Instigation

Big Sur native Aengus Wagner moved back to Big Sur in the summer of ’91 and never left. He helped run the Big Sur Jazzfest for 8 years, until ’03. In 2000, he met Karen MacNeil through famed wine maker and friend Gary Pisoni. There laid the grounds for total inspiration in the world of… Read More

Matt Peterson

Matt Peterson

Vice President | Wine Director

With hospitality career and wine enthusiast parents, it’s no wonder that Matt Peterson has been in the wine industry for more than 13 years; and 10 of those as a proud resident of Big Sur. Matt began his wine industry career as… Read More

Elsa Riviera

Elsa Rivera

CFO | Events Director

Elsa Rivera puts her heart into community service, events and other fun projects. Her networking brings out the best in people who truly want to champion their passion, vision and creativity. She is the Festival’s CFO and Events Director (and wears lots of other hats)… Read More

Frank Pinney

Frank Pinney

Frank Pinney, with his wife, Kathy, co-founded their small construction company three decades ago in Big Sur California, specializing in high end architecturally significant homes and businesses on the Central Coast in Monterey County… Read More

Diana Ballentyne

Diana Ballantyne

Diana Ballantyne is a long time resident of Big Sur and the General Manager of Fernwood Resort. In addition, she currently serves as the secretary on the Board of Directors for the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce. She…Read More

Britt Govea

Britt Govea

Britt Govea is a long time Big Sur resident, and supporter of cultural and educational organizations through his many connections in the Big Sur community. Britt is founder of…Read More

Working Committee

Peggy Giles

Peggy Giles

Transportation Queen “Go to Girl”

Peggy Giles arrived in Big Sur in 1984, the year of the Rat Creek Fire. Impressed by community spirit and dedication to help each other, Peggy spent the next 25 years working, living and raising a family in Big Sur. During that time, other fires, road slides and disasters have come to pass; still the…Read More

Weston Call

Weston Call

Good Call

A fourth generation Carmel native, Weston is known as the man with many hats. Being well known to the Big Sur community and having the scoop on the “go to’s” and last-minute save ideas, has earned him the tile of “Good Call”. An event planner and production assistant, those working in the…. Read More

Lisa Haas

Lisa Haas

Artistic Coordinator “Michelleangelo”

Lisa Haas brings to Big Sur a unique perspective as an artist and creative thinker. Lisa has always had a deep love of Big Sur. As an owner of a successful faux finish and design business, Lisa Haas Design, Lisa brings a refreshing energy to our crew with her perspectives of design for not just….Read More

Jennifer Haydu

Jennifer Haydu

Volunteer Coordinator “Cat Herder”

Jennifer Haydu is a movement artist, instructor and owner of EVOLUTION studio in Pacific Grove. For twenty years she has been teaching, performing, and collaborating with others in the fields of dance, heath and healing artists. She works with clients of all ages, consults with businesses on employee wellness programs, and teaches yoga, dance and…Read More

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith

Laurie came to Big Sur as a teenager in 1970, migrated down the coast to Pacific Valley, and became part of the Smith family in 1973.
She has kept one foot in corporate life in the Bay Area and Central CA and the other on the Monterey Peninsula… Read More

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