Dana Johnson & Mark Nelson

Before creating Ovid Napa Valley, Dana Johnson and Mark Nelson worked together at a startup software company called Ovid Technologies, which Mark founded in 1988 and sold in 1998. The first Ovid was a company that made software and databases for the medical and academic environments that allowed users to easily search medical and scientific databases and literature and link seamlessly between citations and full text journal articles. In 1998 they sold the company and also bought the land that is now Ovid Napa Valley.

Mark has a B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University in English Literature and also has a passionate interest in the classics. In addition to being our resident Latinist at Ovid Napa Valley, Mark contributes his keen business acumen to the enterprise. Mark serves on the Board of Cool the Earth and is active in the continuing development of Alpheios, an Open Source classical language learning software project he founded in 2007. His favorite book is The Collected Works of T.S. Eliot.

Dana has a B.S. in Community Arts from Lewis and Clark College and an M.L.S in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She began her career as an Electronic Access Librarian and then worked as a software designer at medical search software companies. Dana is the resident writer of the winery and is involved in marketing, design and strategic planning. She serves as President of the Board of Nimbus Arts, a community arts center she founded in 2005 and is also on the Boards of The Alex Fund and the Clinic Ole Foundation. Two of her favorite books are Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos, and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

Mark and Dana are also active in the ongoing development of the St. Helena Montessori School. They have two kids and the whole family loves to travel, cook, read and swim.