Our Leadership

The team at The Orchid House Winery looks forward to exceeding your expectations.

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General Manager

Jennifer Conley

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Assistant General Manager

Nikki Polacek

Nikki was born and raised in Solon, Ohio. Nikki has been involved in the service industry since the age of 15. After graduating from Orange High School, Nikki pursued her education at Cuyahoga Community College, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree. Following in the footsteps of her two older sisters, Nikki started bartending the month she turned 21 at Swirl Wine Bar in Solon. After bartending for two years at Sapphire Creek Winery, Nikki accepted the role of Assistant Manager at Orchid House Winery with a focus on its beverage program. With a background in the arts, Nikki brings creativity to the bar in complex and artistic cocktails.

Manager/Sales for Corporate & Private Events

Danielle Zupp

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Danielle has been in the service industry since she was 16.  After graduating from high school, Danielle attended Gannon University where she completed her undergrad and Master’s program in Business Administration.  During her graduate studies, she began her career in restaurant management and continued on that path until starting at Sapphire Creek.  She worked as a server and event butler until accepting the role of Event Coordinator for both Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens and The Orchid House Winery.  Through her experience on both the service and management side of events, Danielle brings a unique perspective that makes any event one-of-a-kind

Wedding Event Manager

Maria Hager

After graduating from The University of Dayton in 2014, Maria started working for a local wedding planner. Maria quickly realized she had a passion for wedding and event planning. Over the past 9 years, Maria has worked 150 weddings ranging in size and location.

Maria still lives in Bainbridge with her husband, young daughter and two dogs.

Maria’s passion for events, attention to detail and love for people will make every couple, and their families, feel comfortable and excited for the process of planning and executing their Big Day!

Maria is excited to follow her passion and grow in her career at The Orchid House.

Contact Maria at Maria.Hager@orchidhousewinery.com to schedule a tour of our exquisite venue for your dream wedding!

Director of Operations

Leo Hines

Leo is a Director of Operations with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. With long term tenure at Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group as an Executive Chef he gained experience in several New Restaurant Openings participating and leading the training teams.

In his time with Monven Group he helped grow same store sales and reduce turnover in several locations as a Regional Director of Operations. Now, with Tap Root Hospitality Group he will be focusing on growing a sales building culture through training and operations.

Finance Manager

Julianne Junglas

Julianne graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2017 where she specialized in Operations Management. Julianne went on to accept a position at The Ohio State College of Optometry, where she analyzed statistics for a research study. After two years, she wanted more direct experience with patients and became an Optometric Technician where she acquired guest service, leadership skills and her close attention to detail. In 2019, Julianne married her husband Alexander and in 2021 they moved back home to Bainbridge.

General Manager


Chef Rick is a Ravenna, Ohio native who began his culinary career at 14 years old when he started washing dishes at “Cipriano’s” at the Windmill Lakes Golf Course. He graduated from Ravenna High School a year early to join the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended Kent State University for applied mathematics/probability and statistics before deciding to take a different path. He attended Northeast Ohio Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, he moved to Baltimore where he worked at Oceanaire Seafood Room training under Ben Erjavec. He returned to Ohio to work for Brandt Evans at Blue Canyon in Twinsburg. He then made the move to Cleveland where he worked at Lola Bistro under Michael Symon and Derek Clayton. He also credits his success to three-time James Beard Award semifinalist (pastry) Cory Barrett.




Kathleen received her Bachelors of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from The University of Akron and her Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, from Cleveland State University, John Marshall School of Law. In addition to practicing law, Kathleen worked with her late husband, Andy, to develop The Ohio Valley Group, Inc. one of northeast Ohio’s premier landscape design/build companies. Kathleen was able to combine her legal and business acumen, developed from years of practicing law and managing The Ohio Valley Group, and her love of travel and architectural spaces to create The Orchid House Winery embodies modern aesthetics, coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere, outstanding gardens and world class wine and food. Orchid House truly brings the Napa experience to northeast Ohio.

Assistant General Manager


Dawn brings over years of industry experience to The Orchid House Winery. Dawn has an extensive background in wine and brings this passion to her role at Orchid House. Dawn’s wide-ranging experience in all aspects of hospitality makes her uniquely suited to ensure Orchid House’s guests’ experience exceeds their expectations.