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California Cheese Trail

 

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. 

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.

Andrew Giacomini
Attorney, San Geronimo
Andrew is a Managing Partner at Hanson Bridgett Law Firm and was appointed to the Marin Community Foundation board of trustees in 2015. He is Secretary of the Bay Area Council, serves on its Executive Committee and is the Chair of its Government Relations Committee. He is a lifelong, third generation resident of Marin County and the son of former MALT Board Member and Marin County District 4 Supervisor Gary Giacomini. He is joyously married to Susi Giacomini and together they are raising three children.

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.

Tim Kehoe
Rancher, Point Reyes National Seashore
Tim and his two brothers, Tom and Mike, operate an organic dairy on the historic J Ranch in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Tim and his wife Janice have three children, Anne, Jillian and TJ. TJ also works on the dairy as the head calf raiser. The Kehoes have been ranching on the Point Reyes Peninsula since the 1920s and received the North Bay “Outstanding Dairy of the Year” award from the Sonoma County Fair in 2009. Tim has been on the Shoreline Unified School District Board for 17 years and has served on many other industry boards in the past, including the local and state Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) Board for 14 years.

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.

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.

Lisa Poncia
Attorney/Rancher, Tomales
Lisa and her husband Loren, a fourth-generation rancher, operate Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, one of the first ranches in the country to pioneer carbon farming practices. Lisa’s business acumen and customer relations skills have helped develop the operation into one of the area’s most well-known grass-fed organic meat producers, with herds on multiple MALT-protected ranches. Lisa is also an accomplished attorney and practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, and Special Needs. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Andrew Riesenfeld
Senior Executive, Corte Madera
Andrew has been an enthusiastic MALT volunteer for the past four years and has served as the Tour de MALT marshal for the past three years. He believes in order to lead, one must first learn to serve. Andrew currently holds a leadership position at DocuSign while also advising a handful of early-stage SaaS companies. Prior to DocuSign, Andrew helped lead multiple companies to acquisitions by both Oracle and LinkedIn, a Microsoft company. He was born and raised in Berkeley and now resides in Corte Madera with his wife Lily and two children, one of whom is MALT's youngest volunteer.

Dennis Rodoni 
Marin County District 4 Supervisor, Olema
Dennis was born and raised in Marin County, where four generations of his family have resided. Currently Marin’s District 4 Supervisor, he has served the community as a director of the North Marin Water District for over 20 years, among many other community and government organizations with a focus on improving Marin’s environment, healthcare systems and agriculture.

Dave Schrader
Financial Advisor, Mill Valley
Dave is a Managing Director at Ohana Advisors, a multi-family financial office for a small group of ultra-high net worth families. Dave provides expertise in portfolio strategy, asset allocation, investment selection, estate plan implementation, philanthropy, next generation education and involvement. He also serves on the University of San Francisco Investment Committee, as well as the committee's private equity, real asset, and hedge fund sub-committees. Dave and his wife, Brett Robertson, are long-time supporters of MALT.