The Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees comprises a diverse group of outstanding Santa Barbara citizens who contribute their time, wisdom and expertise to build a strong and vibrant University. They are civic leaders, educators, journalists, artists, lawyers, business leaders each committed to supporting Antioch students as they strive to realize their intellectual potential and explore their dreams. It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Board of Trustees.
Sincerely, Victoria Riskin
Chair of the Board
Victoria Riskin, Chair, was a writer and producer for television with credits that include The Last Best Year, The Member of the Wedding, My Antonia, A Town Torn Apart, and World War II: When Lions Roared. She is past President of the Writers Guild of America West, the union representing 8500 screen and television writers. She was a Trustee and Chair of the Writers and Producers Pension and Health Fund and founding Chair of Hollywood Health and Society. She received the Chairman’s Award by the Caucus of Writers, Producers and Directors for her leadership role in the Creative Community’s fight against media concentration; the Justice Rose Bird Person of Courage Award by Death Penalty Focus; the Horace Mann Alumna of the Year Award by Antioch University Los Angeles; and the Human Rights-Defender of the First Amendment Award by the ACLU of Southern California. In January, she received the Writers Guild of America West 2009 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of contributions to the entertainment industry and community at large, which have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.
Dr. Riskin was a founding member of Human Rights Watch/California and currently serves as its Co- Chair in Los Angeles and Chair of the Santa Barbara Committee of Human Rights Watch. She sits on the International Board of Human Rights Watch and is chair of the Hellman-Hammett Committee that oversees the distribution of funds from the estate of Lillian Hellman to writers persecuted around the world. She has a BA in Humanities from USC, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. She had a private practice as a psychologist before becoming a screenwriter and producer of movies-for-television. Ms. Riskin now resides fulltime in Santa Barbara with her husband, award-winning writer and producer David W. Rintels.
Luis Villegas, Vice Chair, has been on the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board for six years and recently served as the organization’s Executive Director. He is Vice President and Hispanic Segment Market Manager for Pacific Capital Bancorp, the largest bank group in the Central Coast and Santa Barbara area.
Mr. Villegas is currently a member of the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, serving as President in 1999 and 2000 and. He has just been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the California Community College Trustees. He is also the Past President of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees.
Carol Forhan, Treasurer, is Vice President of Research Client Services for Truven Health Analytics. She has 25 years experience in financial and research operations; most recently focusing on research and database development services for the federal government and private research and policy development organizations. In her current role, Ms. Forhan provides division-wide project management and sales leadership, including oversight of Research client relationships, coordination and recruitment of staff, and management of other critical resources.
Ms. Forhan holds an MBA degree from the New York Institute of Technology and completed the degree under the Thomson Elite Scholarship Program. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Her husband, John Forhan, is adjunct faculty at the university.
Lillian Lovelace, Member Emeritus, Lillian Pierson Lovelace attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Antioch University Santa Barbara in 1989. Mrs. Lovelace has served on the Antioch University national Board of Governors with emeritus status since 2002, and prior to that she served as a Trustee from 1989 – 2002. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on the occasion of Antioch University Los Angeles’ Commencement ceremony in June 2009.
Mrs. Lovelace, along with her husband Jon, have actively served their communities in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Idyllwild through their involvement with organizations such as the Board of Governors of Idyllwild Arts Foundation, the governing boards of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Foundation of the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Capital Group Foundation, the Brain Mapping Research Organization at UCLA, and as Chair of the Pierson-Lovelace Foundation, a charitable support organization.
Dee Dee Barrett, Alumna from AUSB, is an International Buyer for a group of Caribbean hotels gift shops. By background, Dee Dee Barrett was a model in New York and Flight Attendant for American Airlines. She has lived in London, Paris and the Caribbean, Florida and New York. A self-made businesswoman, she dropped out of high school to care for an ailing grandmother. Years later, she returned to college by taking classes first at the College of London, later at Santa Barbara City College and then at Antioch University Santa Barbara where she earned a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Communication Studies. Her daughter, Nicole, also graduated from Antioch, Santa Barbara and inspired her to complete her degree.
Ms. Barrett is a philanthropist devoted to non profit work including agencies such as Hospice and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. In these roles she has been responsible for annual fundraising events such as The Amethyst Ball for Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) and the Go Red for Women and Heart Ball Gala events for the Heart Association. She has traveled to Antigua to distribute food to the poor. She has been recognized for her dedication and leadership by election to the above boards and served as President of the Heart Association Board and presently serves as Vice President of CADA. Dee Dee Barrett received Antioch’s Horace Mann Award from Antioch University Santa Barbara in 2007 for her involvement in the student community and her outstanding community service.
Lou Cannon is an award-winning journalist and historian. He attended the University of Nevada in Reno and San Francisco State College. He worked for The Washington Post as a White House correspondent, columnist, and the Los Angeles bureau chief. During the Reagan presidency, Cannon was the senior White House correspondent and produced a weekly syndicated column. He was honored by the American Political Science Association in 1969 for “distinguished reporting of public affairs.” In 1984 he received the White House Correspondents Association’s coveted Aldo Beckman Award for overall excellence in presidential coverage. He was a contributing editor and CEO of the acclaimed California Journal (1970 to 2005). In 1986, Cannon won the Merriman Smith award for excellence in presidential news coverage and in 1988 won the first Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished reporting on the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan presidencies.
In 1995 Cannon was appointed Raznick Distinguished Lecturer in the history department of the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1996 he was Freedom Forum Journalist in Residence at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. Cannon has written five books about Reagan including the critically acclaimed President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, Reagan’s Disciple. With his son, Carl M. Cannon, he recently authored George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy. Cannon lectures on the presidency, the media, California politics, and police issues. He has written for Smithsonian Magazine and the National Review and contributed countless op-ed pieces to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other publications. He also writes a monthly column, “Cannon Perspective,” for the on-line State Net Capitol Journal. Earlier this year he contributed to The New York Times online blog on President Barack Obama’s first 100 days. Cannon has four children and seven grandchildren. He and his wife, Mary, live in Summerland, near Santa Barbara, California.
Marcia Cohen, The majority of Ms. Cohen’s adult life was spent in St. Louis, Missouri, where she moved upon leaving her hometown of Ft Worth, Texas, to attend undergraduate and graduate school at Washington University. It was within this community that she worked in private practice as a marriage and family therapist. In addition to her professional career, she devoted a great deal of time to non-for profit-endeavors, volunteering time and chairing boards for organizations including the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis, Center for Creative Arts, Cancer Support Community of St. Louis, National Council for Undergraduate Experience at Washington University, and National Wellness Community. She also served a president of a new Jewish synagogue in the city of St. Louis, becoming the first woman in the Jewish community to fill such a role.
Upon moving to Telluride, Colorado, she again devoted time to NFPs, ultimately chairing the board of the Pinhead Institute, a Smithsonian Affiliate, promoting science education in Telluride and the surrounding rural communities. Her experiences on working boards for the past 35 years has given her a continual respect for challenges inherent in keeping those organizations alive and vital.
Renee Grubb is the owner and founder, along with her business partner, of Village Properties, a leading residential real estate firm with offices in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. She has been managing and selling real estate in Santa Barbara since 1984.
Ms. Grubb has been actively involved in the Santa Barbara community and established the award winning “Teachers Fund” supported by her company to help local public and private elementary, junior high and high school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need. She serves as President of this non-profit organization. In addition, Ms. Grubb currently serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce where she was Chairperson in 2008. She was past President of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors in 1995 and remains actively involved with the Association to this day. She is currently serving as a Director of California Association of Realtors. She is a member of the Montecito Education Foundation, Partners in Education, Chairperson twice for the American Heart Association, a long time committee member of the South Coast Business & Technology Awards Committee. She is also a graduate of the Mediation Institute of Santa Barbara. She has received countless awards in recognition from non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County for her contributions to the Santa Barbara community. She has been married for almost 40 years and has two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Her daughter Natalie graduated from Antioch University Santa Barbara.
Rodney Gustafson trained at the School of American Ballet and spent the majority of his performing career as a dancer with the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre. During this period, Mr. Gustafson trained and worked with many of the great dancers and choreographers of our time including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, and Anthony Tudor. He has appeared in the films The Turning Point, Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker, and several Live from Lincoln Center specials for PBS. He continues his affiliation with American Ballet Theatre as a coordinator, choreographer, and teacher for its summer programs. He is also participating in the new ABT’s National Training Curriculum.
Academically, Mr. Gustafson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1994) from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management (2001) from Antioch University in California. Gustafson founded State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara in 1994. From a modest debut in a small black box theatre to performances throughout the United States and Asia, the company continues to gain prominence and recognition both nationally and internationally. Mr. Gustafson has created several new ballets for the company’s repertoire including full-length versions of Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jungle Book. He has built a company respected for its choreography, dancing, and fiscally responsible management.
Barbara Yanow Johnson attended New York University and later St. John’s University School of Law. She is a consultant on labor relations and employment relations for the constructions of the new Los Angeles City International Airport. In her law practice, she is an Independent Fact Finder and Expert Witness for allegations of discrimination in the workplace including sexual harassment and retaliation claims. Ms. Yanow Johnson is also an executive coach to all sectors for the resolution of workplace problems. She has served as a Hearing Officer for the LA county Civil Service Commission and has been an executive staff to the former Attorney General for the State of California under John Van De Camp.
Ms. Johnson’s list of civic and professional activities is lengthy and includes Chairing the State Bar Commission on Lawyers Trust Funds. She was President of the National Senior Citizens Law Center and President of the Board of Directors of the LA Legal Aid Foundation. She is married to Justice Earl Johnson, recently retired judge of the California Appeals Court, a leading voice in the legal aid movement.
Robert Kupiec is an architect and principal of Kupiec Architects PC. A graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, he receivied the New York Society of Architects Award for Excellence in Total Design. Prior to establishing his own firm, he was affiliated with the office of Marcel Breuer and Associates.
Over the past 25 years, under the auspices of Kupiec Koutsomitis Architects and most recently Kupiec Architects, Mr. Kupiec had been responsible for numerous commercial, institutional and residential projects throughout this country and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and The New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries. His firm has assisted in the care of cultural institutions for agencies such as DDC, the Parks Department and the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and has also provided services for quasi-public agencies such as The Central Park Conservancy.
Mr. Kupiec is a past Chairman of the National Institute for Architectural Education and also past Chairman of Board of Trustees of the VanAlen Institute for Projects in Public Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is licensed in the states of California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Florida.
Patricia Chávez Nûnez is a professor at Santa Barbara City College who specializes in courses for students interested in education as a career. She also teaches English as a Second Language and a preparatory course for freshman to train them to handle college-level work. Part of her job has been to oversee the “Become a Teacher Program” for students interested in teaching and to oversee the Jay and Grace Turner Teacher Preparation Grant which provides support for the program and stipends for students who are working as interns in the local schools. She is quoted as saying that, “In all of California and the rest of the United States there really is a need for more teachers. Within the next five years there will be a shortage of about 250,000 teachers just in the State of California. There is an important reason why the community colleges in particular are being targeted as the first step in addressing this upcoming shortage.”
Jess Parker’s responsibilities include sourcing new private investment opportunities and monitoring specific portfolio investments for West Coast Asset Management’s private fund, the West Coast Opportunity Fund. Jess is also the founder of Coursebase, LLC, a venture fund invested in Governet, the nation’s leading provider of tertiary education curriculum management software.
Jess is a board member of both Governet and the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. He is the Vice President of the Hutton Parker Foundation, one of Santa Barbara’s largest private foundations, and has been integral in developing its investment philosophy. Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gabe Quiroz is the General Manager of Entravision’s stations KPMR and KTSB the local Hispanic language stations which are affiliated to Univision and Telefutura broadcasting companies respectively. With more than 20 years of experience in the broadcasting industry, Mr. Quiroz was transferred from Las Vegas, Nevada to the central coast to run the operations of these stations that serve Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Mr. Quiroz served as the treasurer for The Nevada Broadcasters Association and also as a board member of the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum while he was the manager for television station KINC in Las Vegas, Nevada. He currently serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Central Coast Zoo Society. Mr. Quiroz holds a degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Business Administration and as a hobby, he enjoys dressage.
Jerry Roberts is an author, broadcast commentator and journalism teacher who has lectured at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, among other colleges. A 1970 graduate of Harvard College, Roberts joined The San Francisco Chronicle and spent 25 years at the paper. He served as a city hall and statehouse reporter, special projects writer, Political Editor, Editorial Page Editor and City Editor before he was named Managing Editor. During his tenure, the paper won many state and national awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism in 1999.
Mr. Roberts was the Santa Barbara News-Press Executive Editor (2002-2006), leading the paper during a period of dramatic change. While at the News-Press, the paper was cited for General Excellence three times by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. His fight for journalistic ethics at the paper is chronicled in the documentary film “Citizen McCaw.” His biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein, “Never Let Them See You Cry,” was published in 1994 by HarperCollins West. Roberts has received PEN’s First Amendment Award, a national Ethics in Journalism Award from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Payne Award for journalistic ethics from the University of Oregon School of Journalism. He now serves as Publications Director at the University of California Santa Barbara overseeing The Daily Nexus student newspaper. Mr. Roberts recently co-founded www.calbuzz.com which the Washington Post recently judged the state’s best non-partisan web site covering California politics. He and his wife, Linda Kiefer, have three daughters and one grandson.
Susan Rose is a graduate of Connecticut College and earned an MS in American History and an MPA in Public Administration from USC. Rose has 30 years of experience in the public sector, education, community service and business. She has held positions as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women, where her work focused on the needs of working women and the development of public policy to improve the lives of women in L.A; and as a Commissioner on the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, California’s civil rights agency, where she reviewed cases of employment and housing discrimination.
Susan Rose most recently served two terms as a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. On the Board she led efforts to create initiatives for affordable housing and homelessness, to improve the quality of life for women and families and to ensure the environmental well-being of her community.
Ms. Rose co-founded the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, an organization dedicated to helping women achieve elected and appointive office. She currently sits on the board of the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Rose serves on the Santa Barbara Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and is a member of their national civil rights committee. As Vice-Chair of the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee, she is currently working with the U.S. Division to resolve the national issue of backlogged rape kits.
The California State Legislature has honored Susan Rose for her activities on behalf of women and the Santa Barbara County Human Relations Committee for her work to improve community relations. In 2005, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Women recognized her as the Democratic Woman of the Year.
A graduate of the prestigious Coro Foundation Public Affairs Training Program and recently from the Women and Power Program at the JFK School of Public Policy at Harvard University, Susan Rose has worked in many capacities to mentor young women in government, politics and community service. She has resided in Santa Barbara for 30 years with her husband attorney Allan Ghitterman.
Bill Rosen, was elected to the Goleta Water District in 2008, and has served as president since 2009. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival since 2003. From 2005-2006 he sat on the Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury, where he was principally responsible for reports on Legal Services, Guadalupe, and Santa Maria-Bonita School District.
Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Bill Rosen has served as trustee for the Sullivan County Community College in New York, Director and General Counsel for United National Bank, and Counsel for the Upper Delaware Council, a non-profit organization that oversees development of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
Bill attended Union College where he graduated with honors in political science. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Bill attended Columbia Law School and received a master of laws degree in corporate law from and New York University School of Law.
Susan Smith, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, Susan Smith attended boarding school in Waltham, Massachusetts and three years at Antioch College in Yellow Springs. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Art History and took post-graduate courses at the University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Smith is a strong believer of the ‘work-study’ approach to learning and considered her Antioch experience critical in shaping her career.
Ms. Smith is founder and principal of The Susan Smith Company Talent Agency in Hollywood, California, admired for finding and helping to build the careers of outstanding acting talent. Ms. Smith has a track record of her clients receiving more Oscar nominations than any independent Hollywood agency. She is included in the initial issue of “Who’s Who: Women in the Entertainment Industry, the Top 50 Women of Power”. She was the recipient of the Women in Film’s “Women of Vision Award” in Washington D.C. Some of her current clients include Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, Bob Balaban and David Paymer. Ms. Smith resides in Los Angeles and Montecito, California.
Mary Ellen Tiffany, is currently the Vice President, Business Development Officer with Montecito Bank & Trust, Ms. Tiffany brings over 18 years of experience in the development of new client relationships. She began her financial career in the Trust Department of NationsBank in Fort Myers, Florida, and later joined SunTrust Bank Southwest, as the market manager of their Sanibel-Captiva Island private bank. In both positions Ms. Tiffany worked with high net worth individuals, the business and estate planning community and local non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Montecito Bank & Trust, Ms. Tiffany was the Director of Major Gifts at The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. As well, Ms. Tiffany has served as an Executive Director of two non-profit organizations and as a Special Assistant in the area of Trade and Energy issues to the Governor of Alaska from 1986-1990.
Ms. Tiffany received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Smith College and also attended Cannon Trust School. While in Florida, Ms. Tiffany was active on the board of a number of charitable and civic organizations. Currently Ms. Tiffany serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Path Point, Inc., Parks & Recreation Community Foundation and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Thomas Tighe has served as President and CEO of Direct Relief International, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization, since October 2000. Direct Relief has furnished more than $200 million in privately funded humanitarian medical aid worldwide since Tighe’s arrival and was named one of America’s Best 100 Charities by Worth magazine and rated by Forbes magazine as one of only four U.S. charities that is 100 percent efficient.
From 1995-2000, he served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency’s worldwide programs and a resurgent growth of the agency to a 27-year high. Prior to that, Tighe served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps, negotiating bilateral agreements to initiate programs in South Africa, China, and Bangladesh. From 1989-93, he served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, conducting oversight and developing legislation related to veterans’ mental-health care, special disability programs, drug and alcohol treatment, and services for homeless veterans.
He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a director of the Dreamweaver Medical Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Directors of InterAction. A 1982 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Tighe received a J.D. in 1985 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2003. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in rural Thailand from 1986-88.
Diana M. Wilson served as CEO of Bargain Network, Inc., a direct marketing and internet company. In that capacity, she was instrumental in selling the Company to Vertrue Inc., in a transaction valued in excess of $60 million. Ms. Wilson was President, COO and CFO of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Ugg, Teva and Simple Footwear). She initially joined the Company as CFO, spearheading its successful public offering and later directing mergers and acquisitions efforts, including the acquisition of UGG boots. During her decade at Deckers, Ms. Wilson was responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and operations including product marketing, design and development.
With over twenty years of high-level business management, growth and acquisition experience, Diana Wilson brings a wealth of strategic, financial and operational expertise to her current consulting practice. Her passion is helping new entrepreneurs and established companies alike assess, manage and grow their businesses into financially successful, viable enterprises.
Ms. Wilson serves on the National Board of Directors for the Dream Foundation and as chair of their Development Committee, and as a Trustee for Antioch University. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Central Coast Venture Forum, and as a member of the Audit and Finance committees of the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Dream Foundation. Ms. Wilson is a pianist, lives in Santa Barbara, and is currently working on her first novel.