Darcey became General Manger of Woodward Canyon Winery in June of 2000.
Previously, she was employed by the Walla Walla County Regional Planning Department for twenty-two years, beginning as an Associate Planner and rising to Planning Director. It was the job with the County that brought her to Walla Walla from the Pugent Sound in 1978. With no intention of staying in Walla Walla, she met Rick and helped him bottle homemade chardonnay in his basement on their second date. The die was cast and they married in 1980.
It was her background in planning that enabled her to prepare the original petition for the Walla Walla Valley appellation, along with Becky Hendricks, the then co-owner of Seven Hills Vineyard.
Darcey has been very involved in the community serving on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Walla Walla, the American Association of University Women, United Way of Walla Walla, the Carnegie Art Center Board of Trustees, several Walla Walla Public School District advisory committees and the Board of Directors of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. She is currently serving as a Trustee for Walla Walla Community College.
When not in her office or in a meeting, she can be found in the winery garden which she designed and planted.