Wild Oak Saddle Club is a member-equity association and its board of directors and professional staff are partners in maintaining excellence in club management.
President, Board of Directors
John Meislahn has deeps roots in our community. He currently serves as a director or in an advisory capacity on several local boards. Just a few years ago, John was named Sonoma County Non-Profit Leader of the Year. He has been a committed Wild Oak Saddle Club Board Director and is looking forward to leading Wild Oak to a great 2020.
Immediate Past President, Board of Directors
Bill Osterland is the immediate past president of the Wild Oak Saddle Club. He and his wife, Jeanne, moved to Santa Rosa and became Saddle Club members three years ago. Prior to moving to Santa Rosa, Bill and Jeanne lived in Sea Ranch for almost three decades, where Bill was active in numerous civic organizations. While in Sea Ranch, he served as the local school board president and the leader of several health care and service organizations. Bill is an active philanthropist for many local nonprofits.
Lori Darling brings years of professional club management to Wild Oak. For the past seven years, she directed food and beverage operations for Santa Rosa’s Mayacama Club. In that role, she oversaw 300 events annually, including the club’s prestigious Celebrity Golf Classic, private membership events, and weddings. Prior to Mayacama, Lori was proprietor of the renowned and wildly popular Café Lolo, which opened in Santa Rosa in 1993. The cafe’s excellent food and wine list coupled with Lori’s flair for generous service made Lolo the favorite haunt of the local community and out-of-town celebrities alike. Among many notable names, Café Lolo served such entertainment luminaries as Martha Stewart and Jacque Pepin. Darling excels at member services, attention to detail, and throwing a great party! Her warm hospitality contributes greatly to Wild Oak’s reputation for great club life.
Executive Chef Joe Farinacci is a culinary arts graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Germany’s leading professional Wine and Sommelier School in Koblenz where he earned a European Wine Certificate, With Distinction. He completed the Management Training program with Hyatt Hotels and soon thereafter was promoted to Sous Chef Tournant at the Hyatt Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He also served as Restaurant Chef at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. Immediately prior to joining Wild Oak, Chef Joe worked four years for the premier Mayacama Club where he developed menus, oversaw banquet production, and provided dining room meals for hundreds of club patrons.