Volunteers of different backgrounds have donated time and effort to overcome significant challenges and to reach the many acheivements to date.  As the Garden progresses beyond the planning stages the need for fund raisers, plan executers, and outreach advocates will be needed. The Board is confident that the Garden will continue to enjoy the support of community leaders to serve and propel the Garden into a great community asset.

Board Members

  • Dr. Dee Matreyek is the founder of The Root 66 Garden, which is a project of the Restorative Justice Center of the Inland Empire.  She was instrumental in securing the donation of the 14.38-acre property from the prior owner for the purpose of creating the Garden for community use.  Dee has been hands-on with the shepherding of the Garden from the initial efforts of the acquisition to the current challenges of planning and financing the Garden.  Dr. Matreyek holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University.  She is an adjunct professor of Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Chapman University and of Restorative Justice at Loma Linda University.  She is also an active member of the Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club and has spearheaded book and water projects in East Africa.  She currently service as a Board Member of the Root 66 Garden.
  • Mr. Gino Filippi is a 4th generation vintner, civic leader (Councilman in the City of Upland and writer (Daily Bulletin Wine columnist) whose passion is the legacy and future of winemaking in California.  Mr. Filippi, as the co-owner of J Filippi Winery, launched the successful campaign that saw the U.S. Department of Treasury in 1995 approve “Cucamonga Valley” as an official American Viticultural Area.  His advocacy extends to membership in the Cucamonga Valley Viticultural Conservancy, the Cooper Regional History Museum and the Los Angeles International Wines & Spirits Competition.  Gino also serves on the Los Angeles County Fair Association Board, Bellevue Memorial Park Board, and Rancho Cucamonga Public Library Foundation.  Gino serves as a business development consultant and travels to Bordeaux and other wine regions.  His passion and perseverance in promoting the wines and vines of Southern California enriches the lives of all who appreciate wine, its heritage and gracious future.  He holds and A.A. from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  He is a current Board Member of the Garden.
  • Ms. Karen Cancilla, founder of Gro-O and the Local Market and Cafe (in Gunnison, Colorado) has been a tremendous supporter of the Garden since its inceptions.  After selling her successful insurance brokerage, she decided to combine her knowledge of successful business ownership, entrepreneurism, motherhood (a mother of 6), and organic gardening with the growing need for healthier foods, self-sufficiency and the opportunity to start a new, "green" business.  It was then that Gro-O was born.
  • Mrs. Diane Williams, Rancho Cucamonga City Council Member (since 1990), is a native Californian.  She attended school in Upland and Ontario including Chaffey High School and Chaffey College.  Mrs. Williams has a long history of civic involvement and has been instrumental establishing the Rancho Cucamonga Library system, the PAL (Promoting Arts and Literacy) campaign to raise funds for the Cultural Center, and the Pacific Electric “rails to trails” project which opened in 2007.  Diane also serves on the board of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts and is a member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cucamonga; she chairs the all-city track meet each spring.  Diane served in founding roles with the West End YMCA’s “West End Kids Club”, the San Bernardino County Gangs and Drugs Task Force, and the Terra Vista Children’s Forum.  She serves as an honorary Board Member and champion of the Garden.
  • Mr. Mario DiCarlo - Vitner
  • Mr. Dion “Bing” Turner is a co- founder of the Heritage Education Group. He has over 12 years experience in public health prevention, intervention and education. The Heritage Education focuses on art, education, and public health and currently operates two certified farmers markets in the City of Rancho Cucamonga.  He currently sits on the American Heart Association 2020 Committee. This small and very select committee was formed to provide the board with public health education and knowledge, so that they could achieve our 2020 impact goals.   Bing is also on the Board of the Garden where his experience will help develop a Farmer’s Market and facilitate contacts with local commercial growers.


Mr. John Melcher

Mr. George Walker

Mr. Brad Buller

Mr. Camille Bahri

Dr. Donald Kurth

Mr. Tom Matreyek

Mrs. Jackie Brooks

  • Thank You to our
    Generous Sponsors!
  • Thank You to Gro Organic!
  • Thank You to Madole & Associates!
  • Thank You to the Rotary Club!
  • Thank You to Burrtec!
  • Thank You to City of Rancho Cucamonga!

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