Board of Directors
Chris Kelly - Chair
Currently the California Program Director for the Conservation Fund, Chris previously worked in conservation and land protection at The Nature Conservancy of California. Prior to that, he practiced law. A MALT member since 1987, Chris lives in Larkspur.
Janine Guillot - Vice-chair
Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco
Janine has spent more than two decades in operating, risk management and finance roles in financial services, including leadership roles with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and Barclays Global Investors. She lives in San Francisco and Tomales.
Neil Rudolph - Treasurer
Financial Adviser, Mill Valley
Neil was one of four founding principals and COO of Symphony Asset Management, LLC, a San Francisco based institutional money management firm. The firm currently manages $11 billion. Neil's present role is as an advisor to the firm. Neil lives in Mill Valley.
Bill Barboni II
Veterinarian/Rancher, Hicks Valley
A fourth generation Marin rancher, Bill still lives on the family ranch in Hicks Valley where he was raised. In addition to operating grass-fed beef and sheep operations there and in Sonoma County, he is a small animal veterinarian with a practice in San Rafael (Marin Pet Hospital). He returns to the MALT board after having served from 1995–2004. He is a graduate of the University at California at Davis where he also did his veterinary training.
Artisan Cheesemaker, Point Reyes Station
The co-owner of Cowgirl Creamery, Sue uses organic milk from the Straus Dairy to create award-winning artisan cheeses that are sold throughout the United States.
Rancher/Agricultural Recruiter, Chileno Valley
Sam is a fifth generation member of a family that can trace its agrarian roots back to the 1850’s in Marin County. He is currently involved in this family’s beef operation, works as an agricultural recruiter, and runs a small agricultural services business. Sam has represented Marin County on numerous boards and committees on the local, state and national level.
Rancher, Chileno Valley
A rancher in Chileno Valley, Mike and his wife Sally raise natural, grass-fed beef and organic apples.
A third-generation Marin dairy rancher, Ralph served as President of American Farmland Trust for 23 years. He was MALT's first board chairman after the organization's founding in 1980.
Dairy Farmer/Cheesemaker, Tomales
Tamara and her husband, David Jablons, own MALT-protected Toluma Farms, a goat and sheep dairy in Tomales. In 2013 they added cheesemaking to the farm’s business, marketing their artisan cheeses under the Tomales Farmstead Creamery label. In addition to managing the farm, Tamara is a clinical psychologist and serves on the boards of the California Artisan Cheese Guild and Agricultural Institute of Marin.
Marin County Supervisor, 4th District
Marin County's 4th District Supervisor, Steve also has served on the boards of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, the Marin Conservation League, and the California Coastal Commission. He is a resident of Forest Knolls.
Rancher/Artisan Cheesemaker, Novato
A partner in the family-owned Lafranchi Dairy (founded in 1919) and Nicasio Valley Cheese Company (founded in 2010), Rick is the third generation to farm his family's 1,150 acres in Nicasio. The dairy produces organic milk for the cheese company as well as Clover Organic Farms. In addition to the dairy operation, Allstar Organics grows fruits and vegetables on Lafranchi Ranch. Rick’s father, the late Will Lafranchi, was a founding board member of MALT, and the Lafranchi's land is protected by agricultural conservation easements from MALT and Marin County.
Peter is a 5th-generation Marin resident and an organic row crop farmer in Bolinas. He established his farm on the family ranch in 1995. He holds a BA in history from UC Berkeley. His uncle Rod Martinelli was a founding member of MALT.
Conservationist, Palo Alto and Inverness
After 20 years in Silicon Valley’s private sector, Rebecca joined The Nature Conservancy in 2001, first as a Regional Director overseeing conservation programs in many parts of the world, then as the Chief Conservation Strategies Officer leading TNC’s global policy and science initiatives. She lives on the San Francisco Peninsula and in Inverness.
Retired Agriculture Advisor, Sebastopol
Retired from her position as the Community Development Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Marin, Ellie spent 23 years helping Marin's farmers and ranchers sustain and diversify their operations. She worked closely with producers and funders to grow Marin agriculture through agritourism, value-added marketing and farm diversification. Ellie and her husband maintain a small farm with chickens, bees, produce, fruit trees and a large olive orchard in the coastal hills west of Sebastopol.
Farmer/Rancher, Point Reyes
A fourth-generation Marin County agriculturalist, Julie currently divides her time between two business enterprises, Point Reyes Preserves and the Rossotti Ranch in southern Sonoma County where she and her husband raise all natural, grass-fed meat goats.
After an investment management career which included the founding of an institutional investment firm and a publicly traded structured finance company, Gail retired and now writes short stories and novels. She lives in Inverness and San Francisco.
Dairyman/Engineer, Point Reyes Station
John and his wife Karen own Bivalve Dairy® near Point Reyes Station. An engineer by trade with a degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, John worked in the semiconductor industry and has been recognized a distinguished global leader of technology and services at GE for over 15 years. John and Karen’s children represent seven generations of dairy families in California, five generations in West Marin.