Meet Our Team

Ron Bunnell, Winemaker for Rocky Pond Winery

Ron Bunnell  |  Winemaker

The winemaker and owner of Bunnell Family Cellar, Ron has more than 25 years experience making wine in California and Washington and has worked with some of the most prominent winemakers in California, France and Italy.

He graduated from the University of California at Davis Viticulture and Enology Masters Program in 1983, then went to work for Charles Krug, Beringer Vineyards and as a consulting winemaker in the Napa Valley. He joined Kendall-Jackson in 1996 and worked in Monterey, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara.

In 1999 Ron moved to Washington to become the head Red Winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle and Winemaker for the Col Solare project with Pierro Antinori. In 2004 he founded The Bunnell Family Cellar.

Jonathan Kaczmarek, Consultant for Rocky Pond Winery

Jonathan Kaczmarek  |  Business Manager & Winemaker

Previously the winemaker at Soos Creek Wine Cellars, Jonathan has seven years of winemaking experience. After visiting numerous wine regions throughout the world, Jonathan decided to leave corporate finance to pursue the science and art of winemaking. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and has completed numerous courses at the Northwest Wine Academy.


Marcy Lemieux  |  Operations Manager

Marcy joined Rocky Pond in 2016.  She is a Washington native, growing up on Mercer Island, graduating from Mercer Island High School, and receiving her Bachelor of the Arts degree from Seattle University.  She has completed several winemaking courses with the UC Davis extension program.  Prior to coming on board with Rocky Pond, Marcy managed operations for Barons Winery, and was the Director of Guest Relations for Chateau Rollat.



Laura Anne Gilman  |  Woodinville Tasting Room Manager

Laura Anne comes to us from the East Coast, where she left a corporate career to further her interest in the winemaking industry, including time at City Winery NY and Total Wine & More, and a research stint in Burgundy.   In 2014 she came to Washington State to learn tasting room management and the Pacific Northwest wine industry, diving in with her signature passion.

Most recently at Market Vineyard, her talent for bringing people and wine together is a perfect match with Rocky Pond’s philosophy.

Jill Bio

Jill Babcock  |  Chelan Tasting Room Manager

After 5 years with Starbucks and learning the ins and outs of customer service, the quality within relationships and a strong business model, Jill transitioned to pursue her passion within the wine industry. This brought her to Columbia Winery in the heart of Woodinville wine country, where she was able to grow her wine knowledge, create experiences and build lasting relationships. Having an eagerness to always be growing motivated her to move to the growing Lake Chelan wine region, joining the Rocky Pond team.

David and Michelle Dufenhorst, Owners of Rocky Pond Winery

David and Michelle Dufenhorst  |  Owners

While biking through old world vineyards, the European devotion to family, dedication to the land, and pride in their wine resonated with David and Michelle. David’s business savvy in connection with the land, coupled with Michelle’s talent for bringing people together shine through in their passion for wine. Together they bring a beautifully balanced “blend” to their winery