Meet the 2017 Co-Chairs

2017 MSUB Foundation Wine & Food Festival Co-Chairs

Michelle Dawson and Sheila Christopherson

Michelle Dawson first became involved in the Wine & Food Festival as a food vendor at the Friday evening wine and food tasting event in the tent. She participated as a vendor for three years. In 2013, Michelle became the chair of the Friday evening event, recruiting food vendors and volunteers and overseeing a success each year. Michelle has volunteered at several Wine & Food Festival events and increased her involvement in the Festival in 2015, when she joined the Steering Committee. In 2016, Michelle went one step further – while still chairing the Friday evening event – she became co-chair of the Festival with Susan Walton. Michelle will co-chair Wine & Food Festival 2017 with Sheila Christopherson.

Sheila Christopherson has volunteered with the Wine & Food Festival cooking schools for the past eleven years. In 2005, Sheila began volunteering as a committee member at the home cooking schools and in 2008 she took on the task of co-chair of the home cooking schools – co-chairing until 2016, when she solely chaired the committee. Sheila has been instrumental in the growth and the increased popularity of the home cooking schools by searching for quality chefs and amazing homes each year. For the past two years, Sheila has also served as a member of the Steering Committee. Sheila joins Michelle Dawson as co-chair of Wine & Food Festival 2017.