Board of Trustees

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.

Trustee Patricia Chavez-NunezPatricia Chávez Nûnez, Vice-Chair, 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.”

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, attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Antioch University Santa Barbara in 1989. Ms. 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.

Ms. 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.

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.

MarciaCohen_webMarcia Cohen spent most of her adult life 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.

Susan GulbransenSusan Miles Gulbransen has served and been an officer on several local boards, among them CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation), Santa Barbara Foundation, Montecito Educational Foundation, Santa Barbara Public Education Foundation, and University of California, Santa Barbara History Associates Board. 

Ms. Gulbransen co-founded the restoration project for the Granada Theatre, which re-opened in 2008, and served as President of the Board for six years. She also co-founded the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival, which ran for eight years. Most recently she served as President of the KDB/FM radio board, part of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and participated in the sale of the station in part to KCRW.

After 21 years writing book reviews and a weekly literary column for the Santa Barbara News-Press, when it was owned by The New York Times Company, Ms. Gulbransen now freelances and teaches writing at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Currently her column “Beyond Books” appears in the electronic newspaper Noozhawk and continues to publish poems and short stories in small publications.

In 2004, Ms. Gulbransen was named Woman of the Year and in 2003 received the News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award.

Trustee Barbara Yanow JohnsonBarbara 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.

Chris JonesChris Jones, a longtime resident of Santa Barbara, has practiced law for nearly 40 years. His philosophy of making law easy, understandable, clear, and comfortable making you an expert has helped make him one of the most well-respected and knowledgeable Trusts and Estate Planning attorneys in the area. His areas of expertise include wills, estates, trusts, and probate, including living trusts, tax planning, business succession planning, irrevocable trusts, advanced direction of health care, generation skipping planning, and avoidance of probate. As his clients needs dictate, Mr. Jones works with a variety of estate planning, investment, accounting and tax professionals, successfully and creatively assisting clients in developing and managing estates of unique, diverse size and content.

Mr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Los Angeles and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Southern California. Mr. Jones is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association (Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates section), Inns of Court, and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. He is also a member of Boards of Directors of RSVP, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County First District Appointee to the Adult and Aging Network (Co-Chair of the Advocacy Legislative Committee), and PathPoint. He is a hospice volunteer for Santa Barbara VNA Hospice.

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.

Jess Parker is responsible for 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 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 K. Silver received her B.A. from Boston University, her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Upon moving to Montclair, New Jersey, Susan combined her MSW and MBA to form her own company, allowing her to be welcomed into major corporations in the tri-state New York City area to conduct seminars. Additionally, Susan did conflict resolution consulting work with partners of companies and between managers of departments.

Concurrent with her professional career, Susan helped start the first hospice in New Jersey. Her passion for battling the stigma of mental health issues led her to become the Board President of The Mental Health Association of Essex County, an invited member of the Stigma Committee of Governor Cody’s Council of Mental Health. She also served as board member of Partners for Health Foundation in New Jersey, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and the internationally recognized organization Active Minds, a college-based mental health awareness and education program aimed at and run by college student chapters on over 400 campuses.

Susan and her husband, Howard, happily retired to Santa Barbara in 2013.

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.

luis-villegasLuis Villegas 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.