Born & raised in Texas, still retaining a strong sense of independence and can do attitude. Have been living in the PNW for over 20 years. A Registered Nurse since the 70's, with some later years enmeshed with real estate, which all morphed into farming and goats. Owner/founder/herdswoman/cheesemaker/marketer/and anything else that needs done at Gothberg Farms for 11 successful years now. Surrounded by amazing people. Married with 5 grown children.
A veterinarian and dairy farmer, Bill dairies in a partnership with his brother Sid on a 4,000-cow dairy and crop farm in Eastern Washington, a crop farm in Central Oregon, and a dairy farm with farmstead cheese operation in Ferndale, Wash. Along with dairy farming, Bill is still a practicing veterinarian and consults on dairies in Washington State, Idaho and Texas. Bill has served on boards including church, school, bank, professional veterinary organizations, and a large dairy processor.
Bill grew up on the family fishing resort in Northern Minnesota. He came to the Pacific Northwest through an internship from The University of Minnesota, the veterinary school he attended. After graduating, Bill moved to Southern California for his first job in private practice but always wanted to return to Washington State. He came back to a Western Washington practice in 1989 and in 1990, he and his wife Laurie, made the move to Eastern Washington where they started a practice, the dairy, and an animal pharmaceutical business.
Russ Salvadalena has been associated with dairy his whole life. He grew up on a small dairy farm north of Pasco, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University in 1977 with a degree in Food Science & Technology. He worked for Safeway Inc. for 23 years, managing fluid milk processing plants in the western United States. In 2000, he returned to Pullman, Washington to take his dream job – Manager of the WSU Creamery. In January, 2016 he took his SECOND dream job – retirement! He will continue to live in Pullman, and he and his wife, Janie, have plans to travel extensively.
Born in Olympia and raised in Longview, Nik is a Western Washington native. After earning his degree from Stanford, he put his process management skills to use in the fields of international logistics, medical logistics and banking before moving into the world of cheese with Mt Townsend Creamery in 2011. As a co-owner, his primary duties include managing the company’s finances and HR duties, although he loves the interplay of chemistry, biology and aesthetics in cheese making. Nik lives in Port Townsend with his wife and two children, where all enjoy the beauty and outdoor opportunities of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Julia is a passionate cheese lover. Her background is speckled with opportunity that has ultimately given her this cheesy lot in life. An Air Force brat that traveled with her family to domestic and international destinations, and then her own travels during and after her college years, provided a wonderful framework to seed the passion for cheese. She is a member of the American Cheese Society with CCP (Certified Cheese Professional) credentials and serves as a member of the ACS Judging & Competition Committee. Moreover, her education includes courses at Academie Opus Caseus @ Maison Mons in France and she is a member of Slow Foods USA and the Oregon Cheese Guild. Currently she continues to fuel her passion working for Peterson Cheese Company – a family-owned national distributor focusing on specialty foods and the import/export business. For the past couple of years, she worked closely with a national specialty food broker – McKenna Marketing, and, before that, she was the cheese shop manager at Mt. Townsend Creamery in Pike Place and mongered at Metropolitan Market.