The Marin Builders Association Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Role: Rick is responsible to the Board of Directors for the strategic direction of the Marin Builders Association. He is charged with all management, business planning and execution, operations, and finances.
Professional: Rick specializes in building sustainable organizations. His focus is building vibrant and connected teams that share a focus on common results. He has lead teams at the San Rafael and Vallejo Chambers of Commerce.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Rick has undergraduate degrees from Orange Coast College and the University of California, Davis. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He holds multiple professional certifications in organizational management and serves on several boards and commissions across the Bay Area.
Personal: Rick lives in Novato with his wife and two children. He grills a decent dinner, bakes a locally acclaimed pecan pie, works on projects around his home, and plays the occasional round of golf with his son.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "I am truly fortunate to be part of a team of people who are dedicated to each other, our industry, and sustaining a positive force in our community."
Director of Membership and Business Development
Role: Christine is responsible for the business development of the Marin Builders Association. She works to develop and implement outreach to new members while enhancing our current members’ understanding of our services. Christine assists with marketing and the successful coordination of events and programs.
Professional: Prior to arriving at the Marin Builders Association, Christine worked in property management for Lipnosky Real Estate, LLC of the East Bay, East Blithedale Associates of Mill Valley and The Shorenstein Company of San Francisco. Her property management background has expanded her understanding and appreciation of the construction industry and its impact on the community. She prides herself in her ability to communicate, problem solve and impact change.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Christine has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Economics.
Personal: Christine grew up in San Francisco but has lived in Terra Linda for over 25 years. She is the proud mother of two adult sons, Trevor and Matthew.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "I am invigorated by doing great things with great people. My favorite thing is to connect people who would benefit from knowing one another. I love to make the world smaller and more productive!"
Role: Responsible for management of front office and staff. Perform all administrative duties including membership dues billing, AR/AP, member events coordination, Scholarship Program and seminars. In addition, I provide assistance and support to the Marin Builders Association Board, committees, staff, accountant, bookkeeper, members and business partners.
Professional: Background in community banking, Marin Builders Association Assistant General Manager 1996-2010, administration of group health insurance program.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Neighborhood “Ready Marin” host and volunteer.
Personal: I am a Marin County native currently living in Corte Madera. I graduated from Marin Catholic High School. I am the mother of three sons. My oldest son was lost in a tragic accident in July 2011. I have two granddaughters and one grandson. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, warm weather, beaches, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "I enjoy the diversity of my responsibilities and am excited about being a part of the Marin Builders Association moving on to the next level."
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Role: Gabriela is responsible for ensuring a well oiled process of communication between members and staff. Her role consists of various administrative and marketing duties, such as, reception, online plan room maintenance, website updating, etc.
Professional: Gabriela comes from a customer service, sales and marketing background, having worked most recently as a concierge at The Carneros Resort & Spa in Napa. She enjoys being of service to her community while building and nurturing relationships.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Gabriela received an undergraduate degree from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Spanish. As a former Girl Scout co-leader she helped her troop grow for 13 years from young kindergartners to leaders in high school.
Personal: Gabriela was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina and she is fluent in Spanish. She has been married to her partner-in-crime, Bill Shea for 30 years. They are fortunate to have two lovely children, Brenton (28) and Jillian (25). The Sheas are long time residents of Marin and they have enjoyed living in Marinwood for over 25 years. Some of her favorite pastimes include Zumba, yoga, hiking, cooking, socializing with friends, and traveling.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "What could be better than working with people you enjoy and admire, while providing a valuable service in an engaging environment? My job is not work, it's simply something I enjoy doing!"
Role: Orna is responsible for supporting office operations, organization, coordinating initiatives, events, activities, and special projects.
Professional: Prior to arriving at Marin Builders Association, Orna worked as a Logistics Manager in a pharmaceutical Company Philtel Inc. in Israel, and as an Import-Export Manager in the Israeli branch of the Solgar Inc. vitamins and supplements company. Orna was also the manager of two Hertz Inc. car rental branches in Israel. Her wide management and responsibilities background supports a deep understanding of organizations, coordination and connections, and customer service. She takes pride in her efficient time management, communication, and creativity. Orna is also an artist, and she owns two art studios for wedding vows in the Bay Area.
Accomplishments/ Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Orna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics From Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She has helped teach Hebrew for young children at Congregation Adath Israel in San Francisco.
Personal: Orna grew up and lived in Israel. She moved to San Francisco in 2009 with her husband Eddie and established her own art business. She is a proud mother of three sons, Ophir (26), Jonathan (14), and Etai (11). She enjoys taking swim classes, Pilates, spin, and Barre, and mostly she loves traveling around the world.
Favorite Part about working with Marin Builders Association: “I really enjoy working with a group of people that help the community to build connections, grow and succeed. I see the value and the benefit we bring to our local businesses and it fills me with joy to help bring my talent and skills into a place of appreciation.”
Coordinator, North Bay Construction Corps
Role: Matt is responsible for coordinating & supervising the North Bay Construction Corps.
Professional: Matt is a retired Battalion Chief. Matt spent his fire department career as a training officer as well as fighting fires and responding to medical calls. In the past 11 years of retirement, he has volunteered in the MarinSEL Engineering program at Terra Linda High School helping teach high school students how to utilize tools, design plans and build projects.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Matt has been a youth sailing instructor at the Richmond Yacht Club for the past 11 years. He also still volunteers in the MarinSEL Engineering class when needed. He also serves as a volunteer for Jessica’s Haven Dog Rescue which supports adults with special abilities by transporting rescue dogs or volunteering at their fundraiser.
Personal: Matt was born and raised in Marin County. He currently lives in Terra Linda with his wife and has five grown children and six grandchildren. In Matt’s free time he loves to fish, build things, sail and travel with family and friends.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: Matt is new to the Marin Builders Association Team this year. He is looking forward to his first year coordinating the North Bay Construction Corps program.
John Paul (J.P.) Butti
Volunteer Program Advisor (Emeritus), North Bay Construction Corps
Role: JP is responsible for helping Erick coordinate the North Bay Construction Corps.
Professional: JP is a graduate of ROP Construction Technology, a Marin Builders Association workforce development program. Using the skills learned in the ROP program, JP has been working as a carpenter for the last eight years. JP‘s goal is to grow a business as a residential general contractor here in Marin.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: JP coordinates NBCC, and also volunteers with Terra Linda High School’s MSEL program, where he enables the junior class to execute charity building projects each year.
Personal: JP lives in San Rafael, enjoys cooking and car racing, when he isn’t fixing something that’s broken on said race car.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "As a graduate of a Marin Builders Association program, I really enjoy the opportunity to work with the next generation if industry professionals. Given that my experience with MBA has resulted in a career that I enjoy, I consider it a privilege to guide other young people as they find their path and career."
Role: Government Affairs and Special Projects
Professional: Casey is the President of Mazzoni & Associates, Inc., a boutique consulting firm. They specialize in public affairs and advocacy. Their current client list includes local companies with advocacy needs in education, resource management, health care and land use.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Casey graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and an emphasis in News Production. Casey is the Chair of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee.
Personal: Casey lives in the city of Sonoma with her husband Riche and their dog Lilah. In her free time Casey enjoys traveling, food and wine, anything outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: Casey’s favorite part about working with the Marin Builders Association is the amazing staff and volunteers.
Mato Account Works - Bev Lamberson
Role: Through their financial expertise, Bev Lamberson and her team establish and optimize billing, payment and reporting systems for their clients.
Professional: Mato Account Works resulted after three business plans from her early days owning a medical supplies store in PT. Richmond. She appreciates the integrity, accuracy and service approach needed to create a successful business. Her creative side enables her to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for her clients. She specializes in forecasting, budgeting and business analysis for companies and organizations, applying lessons gleaned from her experience in guiding her diverse clients' businesses, as well as her own through an ever-changing economic climate.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Bev Lamberson was born a business owner and entrepreneur. Mato Account Works landed a spot on the Kron 4 news for, "Successful Business in the Bay Area".
Personal: Bev was born in Los Gatos, CA and raised near the Indianapolis 55 Motor Speedway, where she met Indy's winning Formula 1 drivers. She loves photography and travel. Her first international trip was to Lake Baikal in Siberia. After traveling across the USA, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, she says, "Mother Earth is full of Wonders!". Bev now enjoys life in El Cerrito with her beautiful family and dog, Jackson. Life is good!
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "I enjoy the professional and trustworthy relationship we share."
And Them - Terrence Knoles
Branding & Design
Role: Marketing, Brand Management, & Publications
Professional: Terrence is the founding principal of And Them, an independent graphic design studio in Marin. They specialize in branding and illustration. Their current client list includes local and national companies with design needs that include logo redesign, website design, brand activations, print and digital marketing collateral, and more.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Terrence graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in International Marketing and Finance. Terrence has previously worked as an advisor for the Small Business Development Center of Marin and he currently volunteers as a member of the Marin County Architectural Commission. He’s also a volunteer soccer coach for the Novato Youth Soccer League and co-chair of the Arts Attack program at Loma Verde Elementary School in Novato.
Personal: Terrence lives in Novato with his wife and two children. When he’s not exploring the beautiful California coastline and open space with his family, you can find him mountain biking the local trails.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: Terrence’s favorite part about working with the Marin Builders Association is the opportunity to provide a valuable resource to the community and local construction industry.
Role: Caran Cuneo, MSW, SPHR has joined the Marin Builders Association team to support the work of Marin Builders Association's construction education partnership programs including Education to Career, ROP Construction Technology, and North Bay Construction Corps - Marin. Caran is a Senior Professional in Human Resources with experience in leading and developing teams.
Professional: Caran has over 20 years of private sector human resource experience in the technology, service, and communication industries. Most recently, Caran served ten years with the County of Marin in the workforce development program where she supported and partnered with Marin businesses in need of talent. While at the County, Caran developed grant funded programs with a focus on construction – retraining construction professionals during the recession in 2009 in energy auditing and efficiency.
Accomplishments/Community Service/Volunteer Activities: Caran graduated with a master's degree in social work and has held a professional certification in human resources (SPHR) for the last 15 years. Caran serves on the City of San Rafael's Age Friendly task force and volunteers as a docent at the Academy of Science in San Francisco.
Personal: When not focused on workforce development, Caran enjoys playing bocce, travel and raising her new puppy Bella.
Favorite Part about Working with the Marin Builders Association: "I enjoy working to create jobs in the construction industry because these jobs are important to our economy. No one is going to outsource construction jobs."