Meet the Team
Each member of the Joel Toller Team lends their unique experience and extensive knowledge of Napa Valley in service of your needs. As longstanding members of the community who value giving back and small-town friendliness, we know that keeping Napa an ideal place to live and work isn’t just something you do on weekends, it’s a way of life—that’s why, among other community services, we donate a portion of our commissions to support local youth, health, and environmental causes.
A St. Helena resident for over 40 years, Joel Toller has an insider’s understanding of the local area and its residents. Joel is well-versed in all aspects of real estate: from property valuations, to preparing a property for market, to finding the best loan, to getting the necessary permits for improvements. His in-depth real estate knowledge, creative problem-solving abilities, and expert negotiation skills have resulted in hundreds of successful real estate transactions valued at over $700,000,000.
Since becoming a realtor in 2000, Joel has quickly become one of the Napa Valley’s top-producing agents. He specializes in representing buyers and sellers of luxury residential properties, wineries, vineyards, and complex development deals throughout Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties. He ranks in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide and has earned prestigious awards consecutively for the past five years. Joel is included in “The Leading 100: The Top Performers in Bay Area Real Estate.”
Joel’s love for the Napa Valley is evident in his community service work and charitable giving. He is a member of St. Helena Rotary, the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation and Endowment Trust, the St. Helena Hospital Board of Ambassadors, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and advises Our Town St. Helena on affordable housing issues. He has been an English-Spanish operating room translator for Rotoplast in Guatemala and a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he taught sustainable agriculture practices.
Joel holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Recognition & Awards:
2018 – International Society of Excellence
2017 – International President’s Premier
2016 – International President’s Premier
2015 – President’s Elite
2014 – International President’s Premier
BAREIS Multiple Listing Service
National Association of REALTORS®
California Association of REALTORS®
North Bay Association of REALTORS®
Erin Bright (Wilson) Russell was born in Napa on a ranch in the southeast part of the County, where her family continues to grow wine grapes for several highly-regarded wine brands, on a ranch that has been in their family for generations. She studied theater and production design from an early age in San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. After living and working in many great parts of the world, Erin knew she had to return to the incredible Napa Valley.
Upon returning to her home, Erin was hired as Director of Sales and Marketing for Dean and DeLuca in St. Helena. In this role, Erin developed and strengthened relationships throughout the Valley, even co-hosting a cooking and lifestyle pilot focused on local farms and purveyors. Later, as her life developed with a husband and children, Erin turned to community service and began her role as Program Manager for Agriculture in the Classroom with the Napa County Farm Bureau. Erin has since applied her background in marketing, design, production and media to effectively direct a number of comprehensive marketing projects for organizations such as the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa Valley Education Foundation and NapaLearns. Most recently, Erin had the honor to serve as Manager of Regional Fundraising and Communications for successful State Assembly and Senate campaigns for California State Senator Bill Dodd, Third Senate District representative.
Erin now brings her expansive network and experience to support her clients in buying and selling real estate in this region she knows so well.
Erin and her husband, Brian Russell, a St. Helena-based land use attorney, are active members of the communities throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma and feel very fortunate to live, work, and raise their family in wine country. When Erin is not in the office, you will find her riding horses, reading trade journals, hiking, gardening and cooking delicious meals for friends and family.
Professional & Volunteer Affiliations:
Member, BAREIS Multiple Listing Service
Member, National Association of REALTORS®
Member, California Association of REALTORS®
Member, North Bay Association of REALTORS®
Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association, Board Member & Industry Issues Committee Chair
As a real estate professional, Ryan brings his contagious motivation and tireless work ethic to every transaction. He began his career as a marketing coordinator for elite real estate brokers in Napa Valley after obtaining a degree in organizational communications.
While establishing himself at Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate, he had the opportunity to build relationships with home owners, developers, and investors throughout the Bay Area. Ryan joined Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley and The Joel Toller Team to continue to develop his extensive and ever-expanding knowledge of the real estate market and to fully understand and meet every client's needs.
Ryan communicates with thousands of potential buyers, maintains relationships with key agents and brokers nationally and internationally, and has access to hundreds of winery owners and investors throughout the North Bay.
Married to Shannon Nemeyer, the couple has two daughters. When Ryan isn’t spending time with his family or delivering exceptional service to his clients, he is giving back to his community through the Blood Centers of the Pacific, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and the Napa Food Bank.
Ryan is a member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, NorthBay Association of Realtors, Napa Chapter, and BAREIS.
Coldwell Banker Awards Received:
Vanessa Mullally’s first visit to Napa came when she was nine. Since then she’s lived in Washington State and elsewhere in the Bay Area, but family and the size and beauty of Napa Valley drew her back home.
In her experience with Coldwell Bankers she’s handled properties ranging from condos to multi-million dollar residential and commercial properties throughout Napa Valley. Her background in information technology, and as a math and computer science instructor at Napa Valley College, adds a level of know-how and sophisticated expertise to her current role as transaction coordinator. With her ability to multi-task and adopt new technologies and systems she can complete transactions as quickly as ten days or as long as over a year—the timeline can move as quickly, or slowly, as clients wish.
She enjoys hiking and trips to the beach with her husband and two small dogs, as well as reading and the occasional Netflix binge.
A native Californian, Barb Gates has lived in Napa for 26 years. Her previous work as a small business entrepreneur widened her perspective and helped her develop a wide skillset that allows her to tackle a variety of challenges.
Her experience includes working as a legal secretary for a real estate lawyer in Vermont for many years, and she was also founder of a successful fitness club designed primarily for women. She later returned home to Napa Valley, where she handled nearly all facets of a bed & breakfast—from the books, managing staff and purchasing to creating delicious breakfast buffets and afternoon appetizers for guests and managing the gardens including floral arranging — all challenges that honed her organizational and creative skills and attention to detail.
When she isn’t hard at work finding new ways to make operations smoother and systems more efficient, she enjoys a variety of fitness activities and yoga, traveling, cooking and design and helping others.