Julien Camus, President
As Trade Attaché for wines and spirits at the French Embassy in Washington DC (2004-2006), corresponding with national importers of French wine as part of his mission, he witnessed the US wine industry's call for French wine promotion and education and decided to do something in response to this need.
By way of answer, he founded the Wine Scholar Guild (August 2005), an organization dedicated to the promotion of French wine and culture through education. Julien invited national importers of French wine to join the organization as Industry Members and 25 key French wine importers did so immediately. Since 2006, he fully devoted his energy to developing the organization and its network of program providers across North America. Julien holds a Master Degree in Business Administration with a major in International Marketing from the Strasbourg Management School.
Lisa M. Airey, Director of Education
Maurizio Broggi, Italian Wine Scholar Education Director
Maurizio Broggi has several years of experience in the wine industry. Since 2009 he worked as sommelier in Italy and as wine consultant for wine shops, restaurants and the various consorzi of Lombardia. In 2011 he left Italy and moved to China where he worked as wine ambassador for a wine distributor based in Hong Kong until 2014.
Maurizio earned the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (with Merit) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in 2015. He was awarded the Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship for being one of the WSET Diploma top scorers in North America. In 2013 , he obtained the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advanced and Intermediate Levels, both with Distinction. He was awarded the Decanter Scholarship for top Advanced Level graduate and the WSET Book Prize for top score in the Intermediate Level.
His wine credentials also include the French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors, Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director
Rick Fisher lives and breathes Spain.
Part Catalan, Rick’s passion for his Spanish heritage and a desire to educate others about Spanish culture, food, and wine led him to create Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA! (www.bodegaspanishwine.com) in 2009.
He has also been a contributor to the Spanish and Portuguese wine site, CataVino as well as Glass of Bubbly, a UK-based magazine focusing on sparkling wine.
Kirra Barnes, Consultant & Editorial Assistant
Kirra Barnes inherited her love for wine from her Italian Grandfather who had a penchant for French wine.
Bordeaux vs Burgundy was a common topic around her childhood dinner table (the issue is still not resolved). Kirra joined the Wine Scholar Guild in 2016 as a consultant and editorial assistant following 13 years with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
During her PLCB tenure, Kirra developed and wrote the curriculum for the agency’s wine and spirits training programs and conducted seminars for agency staff statewide.
Celine Camus, Office Manager
Celine Camus joined the FWS in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Marketing and Accounting. As the Wine Scholar Guild got established, she was instrumental in the coordination of events, classes and conferences.
Now, as Office Manager, Celine is in charge of answering and assisting members and students, proctoring online exams, logistics with program providers, certification records as well as accounting.
Brooke Herron, Marketing & Commuications
Brooke comes from a 17 year background in the wine industry. She spent 10 years working in Sonoma County wineries before switching over to the wholesale/import management side of the industry to work with international wines and then, after a move to Europe, transitioned into marketing and communications management.
Brooke is a Californian-European who loves traveling to off the beaten path wine regions around the world and splits her time between California and Europe. She is most passionate about the people behind food and wine and helping to support small businesses and draw attention to lesser known regions or producers. She believes people and place and the experiences you share with those people in those places are what make those regions and products so special
Brooke started her travel blog 'A Different Kind of Travel' in 2015 to share some of her travels and has written for publications such as Italy Magazine, Travel Oregon, The Spain Scoop and the Huffington Post as well as contributed content to local artisan food and drink and tourism organizations in Europe.
Marie-Céline Wallerand, Marketing & Communication Assistant
Marie joined us in 2016 when she translated and developed the French version of the French Wine Scholar study manual while completing an OIV MSc Master Degree in wine management.
She worked several years in the wine industry in Bordeaux, partly as an Ambassador for UGCB-member, Château CLINET in Pomerol, promoting the brand at the property and internationally. The OIV MSc program, recently took her across 25 countries in two years, meeting 300+ wine professionals, tasting 2000+ wines and studying at Montpelier SupAgro, Geisenheim and UC Davis Universities. Now, she collaborates with the Bordeaux Wine Campus education center, designing educational materials and teaching WSET and FWS programs.
Before Bordeaux, she completed a first Master’s Degree in management, applied to sustainable tourism and worked in the tourism industry in Corsica. She brings a globe-trotting perspective to our team.