Welcome to Joann Serafini Ross

New Board of Director

Joann Serafini Ross is a native of Albany, New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY, New Paltz, New York. Her varied and diverse career has been filled with hard work and great experiences, all culminating in her current leadership and mentoring roles.


Currently, Mrs. Serafini Ross owns and runs Shibumi Knoll Vineyards, located in St. Helen, CA, and HMI Cardinal, a manufacturing company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with over 600 employees. Originally purchased in 1970 by her late husband, Don Ross, HMI Cardinal began as Hoskin & Muir in 1946 and remains today the largest shower door manufacturer in the US with seven locations across the country.


Prior to his passing in 2016, the couple created Shibumi Knoll in 2013. The name Shibumi comes from their favorite book, which translates into the Japanese concept of “effortless perfection.” The vineyard produces 1,000 total cases of estate Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The 2005 vintage of Chardonnay received the highest score of the decade for chardonnay with 97 points from the Wine Spectator, putting Shibumi Knoll on the map.


With an extensive career in advertising, marketing, sales and management, Mrs. Serafini Ross has worked for companies including ABC Entertainment, Petersen Publishing, The Oakland Tribune, a Motorola manufacturing company and SBC Wireless. She is passionate about all aspects of her life and has developed a strong core of business principles over the years that have guided her to success.


Always be positive.

The toughest times provide the greatest opportunity for growth and success.

Sales run the business.

Be relentless in stimulating progress towards tangible results and achievement.

Be deeply passionate.

Confront brutal facts.

The right technologies accelerate momentum.

Practice attention to detail and follow a pattern of discipline.

Treat others with respect.

Have fun at what you do.


As an avid hiker and kayaker, Mrs. Serafini Ross is an outdoors enthusiast and adventure seeker. She is deeply committed to animal advocacy and is creating a fund to assist local families for the veterinary care of their pets. Featured in Wine Country Women of Napa Valley, Mrs. Serafini Ross is passionate about helping others and is strong supporter of both the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and her alma mater, Albany Academy for Girls, the oldest all girls’ school in the country founded in 1815.

Bodor Response to JAMA article

  In the April 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Tracy Hampton PhD summarized a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Eric Boilard PhD from Quebec, discovering an unappreciated role of platelets in the...

Dinner Under the Stars

We are grateful to NMRF Board of Director, Con Hewitt and his wife Linda for their wonderful generosity and hospitality! On Thursday, May 17, the couple hosted a special fundraiser dinner to support the important work of Dr. Marko Bodor and his team of highly...

Ultra-Marathoners and The Hip Joint: A Study

Started in 1974, the Western States Endurance Race challenges elite runners from all over the world to 100.2 miles of demanding terrain. Beginning in Squaw Valley, California, participants climb 18,000 feet in altitude as they wind their way through...

Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Study

BACKGROUND: Since 1878 when first described by Bernhadt, the condition now known as meralgia parasthetica, or Bernhardt-Roth syndrome, has been characterized by an irritating or burning sensation in the outer thigh and is often accompanied by numbness or...

Regeneration of the ACL in an Extreme Sports Athlete

Oliver Starr is no stranger to pain. The 49-year old former professional road and mountain bike rider is also a hard-core skier, big wave surfer, and avid outdoorsman who is a lifelong wolf advocate and trainer. It comes as no surprise that he has endured...

Dr. Bodor featured in Napa Spotlight

The Napa Medical Research Foundation is delighted to share Napa Spotlight's recent cover article featuring Dr. Marko Bodor and his family, published by Best Version Media. Dr. Bodor: Solver of Great Medical Mysteries By Jess Lander Photo Credit: Bob McClenahan   Dr....

THE LATEST NEWS: January 2018

WELCOME TO THE BOARD Joann Serafini Ross is a native of Albany, New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY, New Paltz, New York. Her varied and diverse career has been filled with hard work and great experiences, all culminating in her current leadership and...

The Development of a New Technique

Innovations and breakthroughs can be the result of years’ worth of effort, multiple failures, and even happy accidents. For Dr. Marko Bodor, it was the driving need to ensure his patients were being diagnosed and treated in the most accurate, timely, effective and...

2017 Accomplishments

The Napa Medical Research Foundation continues to make major contributions in the field of regenerative medicine thanks to our innovative research team, dedicated staff and generous donors. Director of Research, Dr. Marko Bodor, combines his expertise in ultrasound and...

NMRF comments on Wall Street Journal article about stem cell research in U.S.

The recent Wall Street Journal article, “Stem Cells for Knee Injuries? U.S. Doctors Investigate”, presents an important case for the critical research being performed across the country to prove the efficacy of regenerative biologic treatments, including stem cells...


 Reduce Pain. Increase Mobility + Function. Improve Quality of Life.

All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.

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