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. 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


Jack Rudolph

Jack Rudolph

Owner

Michelle Rudolph

Michelle Rudolph

Owner

Ryan Aikens

Ryan Aikens

Director of Operations

Sophie Worthington

Sophie Worthington

Herd Manager

Robin Proffitt

Robin Proffitt

Cheesemaker

Jill Hammond

Jill Hammond

Marketing Manager

Whitney Buswell

Whitney Buswell

Tour Guide & Goat Assistant