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Board of Directors

Janine Guillot - 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.

Ralph Grossi - Vice-chair
Rancher, Novato
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.

John Taylor - Secretary
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.

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.

Marcia Barinaga
Sheep Rancher/Artisan Cheesemaker, Marshall
Marcia is co-owner of MALT-protected Barinaga Ranch in Marshall, where she raises sheep and makes Basque-style farmstead sheep’s milk cheese. With a degree in biology and a diverse career that includes working as a journalist for Science Magazine, Marcia now applies her expertise to innovative cheese-making, responsible land management and caring for her East Friesian sheep and Great Pyrenees guardian dogs.

Barbara Boucke
C.P.A., Stinson Beach
Barbara was Director of Development for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and was instrumental in the building of the DeYoung Museum. A fifth-generation Northern Californian, she is a founding member of the Marin Environmental Forum and a director of the Stinson Beach County Water District. 

Sue Conley
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.

Sam Dolcini
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.

Mike Gale
Rancher, Chileno Valley
A rancher in Chileno Valley, Mike and his wife Sally raise natural, grass-fed beef and organic apples.

Gary Giacomini
Attorney/Former Marin County Supervisor, San Geronimo
Gary has deep roots in MALT, having served as a founding board member. He was elected in 1972 to represent the 4th Supervisorial District of Marin County and served in this capacity for 24 years. Gary’s pioneering land use work was featured in “Rebels With A Cause,” a documentary film that examines how a battle to save over a quarter million acres from development in Northern California changed American land preservation tactics forever. He is a partner at Hanson Bridgett law firm.

Tamara Hicks
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.

Chris Kelly
Conservationist, Larkspur
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.

Steve Kinsey
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.

Rick Lafranchi
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.

Paul Martin
Rancher/Farm Advocate, Two Rock
Paul is a third-generation dairyman, now retired. After dairying for 30 years he worked on behalf of dairy producers at Western United Dairymen. He recently served as a Deputy Director in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Peter Martinelli
Farmer, Bolinas
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.

Robert McGee
Senior Executive, Moraga
Robert is president of Straus Family Creamery, which he originally joined as COO/CFO. With over two decades of executive experience, he brings to the MALT board expertise in operations, finance, strategic planning and leadership development.

Rebecca Patton
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.

Ellie Rilla
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.

Julie Rossotti
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.