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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.