Meet the International Wine Center team, a group of wine and spirits professionals who are dedicated to making the learning experience as positive as possible for IWC students. When you visit IWC to register or to take your course, please say hello and let them know how they can help you.
Mary Ewing-Mulligan, CWE, MW
Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Master of Wine, is a leading wine educator, columnist, and author. She was the first woman in America to become a Master of Wine, a title that represents the highest level of knowledge and proficiency in the wine trade. She is currently one of only 51 Masters of Wine in the U.S., and 382 in the world.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW
As Director of International Wine Center, Mary Gorman-McAdams MW oversees all the school’s activities with a particular focus on optimizing the learning experience for students. She is an IWC instructor for the WSET Level 3 and the WSET Diploma Level 4. Her specialties are Bordeaux Wines and Champagne and sparkling wine.
Michael Ahlborn, DipWSET
Academic Programming Manager, Instructor
Michael Ahlborn has been part of the International Wine Center team since 2010. He administers the WSET Level 4 Diploma program at IWC, guiding students through the complex set of courses and exams that the program entails.
Paula Maia, DipWSET
Paula is the Operations Manager and Buyer at International Wine Center. With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, Paula has completed her WSET Level 3 Advanced with Distinction and the WSET Diploma Level 4. Paula has also formal training in culinary arts and holds a certification from the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners-ICIF.
Student Services Coordinator
Maria is a native of Norway. She discovered her passion for wine while living and working in New Zealand. Traveling extensively throughout New Zealand’s wine regions solidified her love of wine to the point that she decided to make wine her career. Arriving in the U.S., she worked in wine and spirits retail in New York City and began studying at International Wine Center.