Who We Are

Laurie Souza
Resident Manager

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.

Rebecca Fitzgerald
Head Chef

Originally from Santa Fe, NM, Rebecca joined the Calderwood Inn team last year after working in the Larder at SHED, being a breakfast chef at the Healdsburg Inn, and serving as a personal chef for two families in Healdsburg. Her first cooking gig was for a whitewater rafting company on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, followed by cooking on boats in the Caribbean and finally owning her own ocean expedition company based in the Bahamas. Her company called Dolphinswim, took guests to swim with pods of wild dolphins and whales all over the Bahamas and Dominican Republic. 

After 16 years on a boat, she  returned to the States and decided that next to swimming with wild cetaceans, cooking was the most enjoyable thing for her to do. She attended cooking school in Austin, TX, and then began cooking for private clients in Santa Fe and finally wound up in Healdsburg 5 years ago.

Her passions include swimming, illustrating children’s books, drinking St. Anne’s Crossing Petite Sirah or one of Chris Barrett’s Chardonnays and writing limericks.  Ask her – she will write one for you!!

Leah Gold
Lodging 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.

Oce Ingram
Assistant Lodging Manager

Oce (pronounced “oh-she”) grew up in the small town of Occidental, California, before venturing north to live out her college days as a Wildcat on the green grounds of Chico State. Her passion for art, literature and history drew her towards a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.

Following graduation, Oce crossed the pond to The Emerald Isle, spending two years on organic farms and as a florist in Kilkenny, Ireland, combining her love of rich history and hospitality.

Upon her return to the Bay Area, she found herself in a similar line of work at Healdsburg SHED, before joining up with the team at Wilson Artisan Wineries.  Although Oce later moved on to a Catering Manager role with Sage Catering, she just couldn’t stay away and returned to Wilson as its Assisting Lodging Manager at the start of 2017.

The homecoming was definitely a wise one for Oce, as it reunited her with a few of her favorite wines, including deLorimier’s Reserve Chardonnay & Wilson’s Buzz Zin.

Away from the office, Oce loves to spend time in Hawaii and with family.  A few of her other favorite hobbies include art, reading, gardening, floral arranging and traveling, with Venice, Italy being one of her favorite global hot spots thus far.

Tim Polk
Reservations Supervisor

A Sonoma County resident for more than 19 years, this self-proclaimed “Midwest boy” (he’s an Ohio native) joined Wilson Artisan Wineries in early 2018 after having worked at boutique hotels and small inns in both Sonoma and Napa counties for more than 10 years.

Tim enjoys cooking, is an avid home gardener, and loves to traverse local farmers markets in search of the freshest produce and unique-to-Sonoma-County cheeses, honey, smoked salmon and other food products. He also loves to chat about craft cocktails, and is on a quest to create—and drink—the perfect martini.

He lives in nearby Santa Rosa with his wife and two daughters. Does he have a favorite Wilson Artisan Wineries wine? Yes! The 2014 Wilson “Sydney” Petite Sirah, which he loves to pair with his homemade marinara sauce and homemade meatballs.