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Founded by members of the Virginia spirits industry in 2016, the Virginia Distillers Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit focused on improving the regulatory, legislative and promotional environments for Virginia distillers. Our Mission is to provide economic growth and educational opportunities for the Virginia spirits industry.

Leaders & Entrepreneurs: The Virginia Distillers Association Board of Directors is comprised of a group of volunteer peers (up to five) who represent the interests of all Virginia distillers. Our Board of Directors sit on the VDA Board for two-year terms. VDA Executive Committee Members include our President, Vice-President and Secretary / Treasurer.

Virginia Distillers Association Officers

Virginia Distillery Company,
Gareth Moore,
VDA President

Gareth H. Moore is the President of the Virginia Distillers Association. He is also CEO of Virginia Distillery Company, a producer of American Single Malt Whisky. Gareth enjoys spending time with his wife and son in their travels across Virginia and around the world.


Boar Creek Whiskey
Will Dawson,
VDA Vice-President

Will Dawson is the Vice President of the Virginia Distillers Association. He is the owner of E. Wright & C. Wallace Distilleries, who manufactures Boar Creek Appalachian Whiskey. With a professional background in fabrication and construction, he got started making whiskey by tinkering with stills at a young age, and fabricated the stills they use in the distillery himself.

VDA Secretary / Treasurer

Position to be filled during the fall 2018 election.


Virginia Distillers Association Board of Directors

Boar Creek Whiskey,
Will Dawson

Catoctin Creek,
Scott Harris

KO Distilling,
Bill Karlson

Virginia Distillery Company,
Gareth Moore

Experienced Staff

Amy Ciarametaro,
Executive Director for the VDA

Amy served as the Marketing Manager for the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office for almost a decade. She loves to travel and is always in search of authentic beverage and culinary experiences. In her free time, Amy is studying to complete the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level IV Diploma.

Contact information:
PO Box 136
Richmond, VA 23218

Curtis Coleburn,
Government Relations for the VDA

Curtis served as the Chief Operating Officer of Virginia ABC for over 20 years. Prior to that Curtis was a Lieutenant for the Virginia State Police for nearly 10 years, and worked as the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Nottoway VA. In his downtime, Curtis enjoys singing in his church choir and spending time with his family.

Contact information:
PO Box 136
Richmond, VA 23218

Ellie Palazzolo

VDA Intern / U of R Graduate ‘19

Ellie Palazzolo is a senior at the University of Richmond studying History and French. She is interested in Slow Food, food history, and local and sustainable food and drink. In her free time, Ellie enjoys reading, traveling, and scoping out the best of Richmond’s food and beverage scene.

Contact information:
PO Box 136
Richmond, VA 23218