About Cellar Angels

A complimentary invitation to the Cellar Angels’ SIP SAVE GIVE Experience awaits! Buying wine never felt so good. 

Cellar Angels is THE socially conscious wine website offering wine lovers a unique way to support extraordinary causes by purchasing their favorite wines online. Membership is complimentary and allows access to superb fine wines from small, hard-to-find artisan wineries. Members enjoy perks like special pricing, $10 shipping, information and recipes to go with each wine, bonus offers, and best of all - a portion of each purchase supports the charity partner of the member’s choice.

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Meet the Angels: 
Martin A. Cody

CEO, President and Founder

Martin Cody has extensive entrepreneurial experience founding three different companies dealing with retail wine, real estate holdings and land management. Along with his wife Denise, he recently completed the sale of their retail wine shop after six years of ownership. The store grew double digits during the recession and quickly became a local landmark. Martin has extensive national wine industry contacts and he leverages that experience and those relationships to accelerate Cellar Angels’ growth. Martin currently acts as Regional Vice-President of a national software company and is responsible for growing sales in a fifteen state region, staffing and P&L management. Martin has a twenty-four year sales career along with experience working with startup companies. He is active in children’s charitable causes with his wife and has founded Cellar Angels to further those efforts. When not involved in wine or golf related activities you will find him asleep.

Denise Smith Cody, RN

COO and Co-Founder

A 20 year career as a Surgical Nurse and Director of Nursing prepared Denise for her first position in the wine industry, a wine shop owner. The skillset of those two roles makes her a perfect fit as Chief Operating Officer for Cellar Angels. Specifically, the company benefits from her strengths including work flow efficiency, meticulous record keeping and empowering leadership skills. Her passion for “the juice”, strong work ethic, and the instinct to do the right thing exemplifies the very DNA of Cellar Angels. Outside of work, Denise enjoys the outdoors, travel and relieves stress by honing her culinary skills.

Carrie Schuster

Investor, Marketing, Sommelier

Carrie fell in love with wine after her first exhilarating sip of Champagne at a wedding many years back. What started as casual tasting and self-education evolved into a true passion for wine and the desire to build a lifestyle around it. Involved with Cellar Angels since inception in 2010, she currently manages the marketing, charity relations and winery partnerships. With The Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 certification under her belt, Carrie is actively pursuing Level 2. Experienced at event planning, wine buying and wine education, you will also find her leading consumer tasting events or participating in fundraising runs like Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. Triathlon training, photography and planning vacations with her husband are just a few of her favorite things when she is not busy “changing the world one bottle of wine at a time”!

Megan Vandette

Investor

Meghan Vandette is a sommelier and trained chef residing in Chicago, IL. She is currently concentrating on the Sales and Distribution side of the wine industry. Megan is thrilled to not only have invested in Cellar Angels, but to have formerly been a working member of this outstanding team. She firmly believes that companies like Cellar Angels, who give back to the community, while providing an invaluable service to its' members, are the future of the industry.

R. Sean & Marilyn Manning, CPA

Partners, Board Members and Accountant

Sean and his wife Marilyn Manning spend time providing valuable introductions to prospective members and wine industry partners. Uniquely, Sean is Co-Author of the book, Six Steps to Small Business Success. Sean and Marilyn love sharing their growing understanding of wine with friends socially and enjoy introducing the Cellar Angels concept to businesses in their community. They are both particularly committed to helping charity partners, specifically the charities that support our younger generations, as they feel children have a tremendous amount to gain from support and contributions. “Cheers, and thanks for helping to make a change locally and around the world by simply enjoying a great glass of wine with us through Cellar Angels.” ~Marilyn & Sean Manning

Robert Heffernan

Investor

As a co-creator of Mangia.tv Bob is a big believer that the energy brought to gatherings has a direct impact on the quality and enjoyment of the event. Thoughtful preparation of food when paired with great wine has such a positive impact on so many and will ensure memorable gatherings. It's all about energy and purpose. Collectively we can make a difference. That's why Bob is involved with Cellar Angels.

Jasper Freeman

Investor

Jasper is the Director of Specialty Accounts for Vertex Pharmaceuticals located in Cambridge, MA. He has been in the drug industry for over 30 years. He is responsible for specialty pharmacy distribution of all Vertex products through the specialty pharmacy channel in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Jasper’s passion for wine runs deep as he believes wine represents so many things to so many people. Wine brings families together for special occasions and similarly marks key events in many people's lives. Jasper is honored to be a part of Cellar Angels and he is especially attracted to the charitable giving component. Jasper truly believes Cellar Angels provides members with the ability to satisfy their thirst for great wines at economical prices while also allowing buyers to serve others.

Paul Heffernan

Investor

Paul is an owner of Susanna Farms (a functioning family farm in Illinois) and Alpha Group, where he works as a commodity trader. He loves wine and is a passionate philanthropist.

Michele & RJ Kuznitz

Investors

Michele and RJ have been married for 27 years. They are proud of two adult children, Lynn, who is in law school and Bryan, whose goal is to have a music production career. RJ works as a financial advisor for John Hancock and Michele is a Registered Nurse First Assistant and very passionate fitness instructor.