Who We Are

Laurie Souza
Resident Manager & Breakfast Chef

A native of the Castro Valley and an alum at Cal State Fullerton, Laurie has been with the Calderwood Inn since 2011, after serving as an executive chef for many restaurants throughout Sonoma & Napa Counties, even picking up a Michelin-star along the way from her time at the Applewood Inn in Guernville.

An avid fan of scuba diving and a former skydiver, Laurie particularly enjoyed her time traveling around Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia.

Closer to home, she loves attending Food & Wine Pairing Events, as well as dinners at Valette with a bottle of Mazzocco’s Maple Vineyard Zinfandel.  For dessert, anything with whipped cream will do just fine.

Leah Gold
Inn Associate

A member of the Healdsburg City Council from 2000 – 2004, as well as serving one term as its Mayor in 2003, Leah brought not only her esteemed credentials, but also her love of the community, to the Wilson Artisan Wineries family in late 2016.

Originally from the Seattle area, she is an alum of Western Washington University and also obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from San Francisco State.

Apart from her dedication to developing curricula for adult learners, Leah is a huge fan of music and has attended the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the past 25 years!  She also pays close attention to the local summer concerts in both Healdsburg & Cloverdale and is quick to encourage anyone visiting the area to be sure to do the same.

Another passion of hers would be travel, which she has done extensively to date, including trips across Southeast Asia, Europe & Latin America, with a trip to Argentina being a particular standout thus far.

Leah is also a committed volunteer at the Burning Man festival, which brings tens of thousands of people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year.

Matthew Hughes
Reservations Manager

Born and raised in the small town of Glen Ellen, California, Matthew joined the team at Wilson Artisan Wineries in February 2016, bringing with him a Bachelor’s Degree in Resort & Lodging Management from CSU, Chico, as well as seven years of hospitality, travel and tourism experience.

His career thus far has seen him transported out east to South Carolina, down south to New Orleans and across the pond over to Manchester, England, before finally returning home to Northern California once again.

A fan of craft ale and Scottish Highland single malts, Matthew has slowly begun developing his palate for wine as well, quickly being drawn to the Chardonnays of St. Anne’s Crossing and the Pinot Noirs of Matrix Winery.

Outside of the office, Matthew is a keen hiker and found the Kortum Trail through the Sonoma Coast State Park to be one of the most beautiful in Sonoma County.

He’s also a lover of Bay Area sports, as well as all animals, taking the time to volunteer each week at the Sonoma Humane Society in Healdsburg.

Matthew has a deep passion for travel and is constantly planning new ways to add to his 19 countries visited thus far, with his trip to Santorini, Greece being one of his most stunning destinations to date.