Our Team

JACK & MICHELLE RUDOLPH

Owners
Jack first discovered his love for goats after visiting a goat dairy in Northern California with his sister in high school. Shortly thereafter, he began procuring fresh goat milk and making his own cheeses at home while working at a startup in Palo Alto. Quickly finding himself drawn to cheesemaking more than anything else, Jack decided to purchase his own goats and move to Stepladder Ranch to take over his grandfather’s ranch operations and build a creamery and dairy. Michelle's background is in event planning and wineries. She moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly and never left. Jack and Michelle met during the inception phase of the creamery, and they've been running the ranch together ever since.

Meet our Team


Ryan Aikens

Ryan Aikens

Production Manager

Robin Proffitt

Robin Proffitt

Cheesemaker

Whitney Buswell

Whitney Buswell

Tour Guide & Production Assistant

Nestor Mendoza-Hernandez

Nestor Mendoza-Hernandez

Production Assistant

Sophie Worthington

Sophie Worthington

Herd Manager

Jill Hammond

Jill Hammond

Business Development Manager

Stephen & Emily

Stephen & Emily

Santa Barbara Marketeers

Tahnee Shields

Tahnee Shields

Bay Area Market Manager