Linda Hoover, Miranda Rich Named Commencement Speakers

2014 Antioch University Santa Barbara commencement
AUSB Commencement in 2014.

Linda Hoover, a student in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Miranda Rich, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, have been named as the Antioch University Santa Barbara 2015 Commencement speakers.

This year’s commencement will take place on Friday, June 19, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort at 633 East Cabrillo Blvd. in Santa Barbara. For more information on the ceremony, please visit antiochsb.edu/commencement.

“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Linda said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”

Graduates-to-be from all programs submitted speeches to a panel comprised of faculty from all programs. The committee reviewed each without knowing the authors’ identities on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:

Linda Hoover
Linda Hoover

Antioch University’s mission is to provide “…education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today, but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Miranda said.

“Antioch exposed me to a world of new ideas, diverse cultures, and endless possibilities,” Linda added. “I was given the opportunity to see the world through my neighbor’s eyes, and discover something about others as well as myself in the process.”

Congratulations to all upcoming 2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara graduates!

Antioch Grad Ashley Somics Turns to Social Media For Help With Kidney Donation

Ashley Somics Noozhawk
Ashley Somics (photo credit: Joshua Molina, Noozhawk, used by permission)

Ashley Somics, an Antioch University Santa Barbara alum of the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, has successfully undergone one kidney transplant but is now in need of a second.

The 30-year-old Ashley, who is a teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara, and her family have set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the high medical costs incurred by her treatment, and they have spread the word via social media using both Twitter and Facebook.

Ashley’s story has attracted media attention, including a recent profile written by local outlet Noozhawk. In the story, Ashley outlines her plans for the future.

“I want to have a family,” she said. “I want to do something with education. I still have so much I want to do.”

Read the full story at noozhawk.com, and click here to make a donation to Ashley’s GoFundMe account.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Honor Two from Antioch MBA Program

spirit of entrepreneurship awards
Nathalie Gensac (left) and Diana Pereira (right)

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MBA program will be well-represented at the 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards as Nathalie Gensac, a member of the program’s advisory board, and Diana Pereira, an MBA adjunct faculty member, have been nominated.

Nathalie is nominated in the Nonprofit category for her work with Youth Interactive, an academy located in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara that aims to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in students aged 14-24. Youth Interactive also emphasizes technology and the arts and strives to help young people stay in school and prepare for college and beyond.

Diana’s nomination in the Professional Services category is for her work with Balance Financial Management, a consulting company that provides nonprofit and for-profit companies of all sizes with accounting, HR, payroll, operational, and regulatory management services. Diana founded BFM about five years ago.

Over 90 women were nominated for 11 categories. The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, May 8 at The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara with Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com, serving as the evening’s host.

Antioch Celebrates Achievements of 2014-15 Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Lynn Houston
Lynn Houston

Antioch University Santa Barbara will honor students and donors alike at its Annual Grant and Scholarship reception on Wednesday, May 20.

The reception, which is invite only, will recognize the students who have been awarded over $135,000 through this year’s institutional scholarships and grants, as well as the generous donors who made these financial awards possible.

Special recognition will go to Lynn Houston, the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Lynn, who graduated from AUSB in 2011 with a BA degree in Liberal Arts, went on to found A Different Point of View, a nonprofit organization in Santa Barbara that aims to inspire youth through flight, and was recently profiled by both Noozhawk and the AUSB student online magazine The Odyssey.

“My experience at AUSB literally changed the course of my history,” Lynn said. “Antioch’s founder, Horace Mann wrote, ‘Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.’ His call to action, along with Antioch Santa Barbara’s undeniable commitment to social justice, inspired me to become my very best self and found A Different Point of View. I am grateful for my time and education at AUSB and extremely humbled to be the first recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award.”

The 2014-2015 AUSB Scholarship and Grant recipients are as follows: Avanti Alias, Nieves Antonio, Alexa Aparicio, Nicole Auckerman, Simon Auckerman, Ruby Avila, Ildiko Benyak, Giovanna Bustamante, Matilda Dahlin, Charlotte Dessens, Reina Duran, Di Elman, Amanda Gilbert, MaryLou Hernandez, Johni Hull, Douglas Johnson, McKenzie Kay, Ian King, Marissa Kochan, Cesia Koris, Manoj Kumar Sharma, Maria Lemus, Claudia Martinez, Joan Mayer, Deana Medina, Ryan Moxley, Brittiny Reeves, Jacqueline Robertson, Helen Rosales, Holly Stewart, Genevieve Swords, Karen Taylor, Sarah Villalobos, Rachel Walsh, and Cary Young.

To learn more about grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid available to AUSB students, please visit antiochsb.edu/financial-aid.

Ron Pilato Joins Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Board

Ron PilatoDr. Ron Pilato, Chair and Core Faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), has joined the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Pilato will Chair the Continuing Education Committee of the Board with the responsibility for developing continuing education events that meet California Board of Psychology and American Psychological Association criteria for Continuing Education.

“I am happy to accept this invitation to serve the SBCPA Board of Directors in this way,” he said. “I see many potential opportunities for Antioch and the Association to collaborate on providing pragmatic, cutting edge continuing education programs in the near future.”

The Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology offers students a doctoral level practitioner-scholar training in clinical psychology, preparing them for multiple roles in the field. Learn more about the program at antiochsb.edu/psyd.

MACP Student Jenn Kennedy Joins SB-CAMFT Board

Jenn KennedyJenn Kennedy, a second-year student in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Masters in Clinical Psychology program, has joined the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as Director of Communications. In this role, Jenn will work with the news media to promote SB-CAMFT as well as manage the chapter’s newsletter.

“Jenn’s presence as a student member on the SB-CAMFT board is an important contribution to the growing partnership and collaboration between AUSB and CAMFT,” Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, chair of the MACP program said. “CAMFT is the professional organization with which most MACP graduates will affiliate as they train and prepare for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists. … We are delighted that Jenn has stepped forward to volunteer in this position serving as an important role model to her fellow students around the values of community service, leadership, and affiliation with one’s professional organization.”

Jenn also is involved with the statewide California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, working as the chair of its Public Outreach Committee since March. Her role is to rebrand the organization and raise public awareness of the benefits of seeking therapy and the value of hiring a licensed MFT.

Jenn has a varied background, working as a marketing director, writer, and photographer before beginning her studies at AUSB. She has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, LA Confidential Magazine, Noozhawk, Shape Magazine, and The Advocate. She also has written Success by Design: Revealing Profiles of California Architects, available on Amazon.com.

MBA Workshop to Feature Former Google, Microsoft Executives

David Kramer and Jon Kechejian
David Kramer and Jon Kechejian

The socially responsible MBA Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara welcomes the public to its free workshop on Friday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, with former executives from Google and Microsoft.

The workshop, entitled “Building a Socially Responsible Partnership: The Investor’s Role,” features guest panelists David Kramer and Jon Kechejian and event facilitator Ron Gans, an adjunct faculty with the MBA program.

The evening will include a panel discussion with David and Jon at 5:30 followed by an interactive workshop at 7:15. An MBA program information session for potential students will be held beforehand from 4:30-5:30. Please RSVP to lcrissman[at]antioch.edu by Monday, May 4, and indicate which events you will be attending.

About the panelists:

David Kramer joined Thinking Machines Corp. as a research scientist and then moved to Oracle. Subsequently, he joined the founders of startup Vivace Networks as a software architect and moved to Google after Vivace was acquired. While at Google, he led the team responsible for data storage and designing Geographic Information Systems. David, an active angel investor and board member of several privately held companies, also serves as technical advisor and executive coach to several startups, mostly in the high-tech space.

Jon Kechejian worked as a programmer for a number of companies doing large-scale implementation projects and then as the database administrator for billing systems at MCI Telecommunications. Jon joined Microsoft in Washington, D.C., starting in a sales and support role before moving to Redmond, Wash., where he worked in product marketing, OEM sales, and business development. Since leaving Microsoft, Jon assists high tech start-ups doing business development.

Ron Gans is a Technology Executive and CTO Consultant who has been engaged with software development and hardware technology for three decades. Ron mentors and consullts with startup companies and is usually in the process of starting his own. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ron earned a Doctoratre in Experimental Solid State Physics. He holds a BA in Physics and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the MBA Program:

AUSB’s innovative, 16-month MBA experience is rooted in the strategic leadership model and the philosophy that social responsibility and civic engagement are at the heart of transformative business practices. Learn more about the program.

Elizabeth Wolfson Named to Board of SB CAMFT

Elizabeth WolfsonDr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology program, has joined the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Santa Barbara Chapter.

As Program Co-Chair, Dr. Wolfson will be involved in developing community education programs and events.

“I am delighted and honored to be a member of this Board, which plays such a significant role in the professional identity and life of our community’s practitioners,” Dr. Wolfson said. “I am particularly excited about opportunities for collaboration between SB CAMFT and Antioch University. One important component of this will be to support the professional evolution of MA Clinical Psychology students, many of whom are training to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.”

The MA in Clinical Psychology program provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to mental wellness and therapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health.

‘Standing On Sacred Ground’ is Next Environment In Focus Film

Standing on Sacred Ground film
Winnemem Chief Caleen Sisk at Shasta Dam with Mt. Shasta in the distance. Source: @sacredlandfilmproject on Instagram.

“Standing on Sacred Ground,” a series that focuses on how indigenous people around the world struggle to protect their sacred lands, is coming to Antioch University Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. as the next installment of the Environment In Focus film series. The film is free and open to the public.

The “Standing on Sacred Ground” series has four installments, and the one screening on campus will be “Pilgrims and Tourists,” which focuses on indigenous people of the Altai region in the Russian Republic and the Winnemem Wintu people in northern California, as they resist destruction of their sacred lands.

“This film reminds us that land and resources are sacred and we must unite to defend local and global habitats – stand together for ethical protection of land and cultures,” said Dawn Murray, chair of AUSB’s BA program. “There is hope when listening to indigenous communities, as human rights and ecological justice are inexorably linked.”

Alexis Slutzky, a mentor, educator, and wilderness guide for the Flowering Earth located in Santa Barbara, will present the film. She has chaired the Land Leadership Circle of The Ojai Foundation and designed and facilitated numerous nature-based retreats for adults and youth.

View a sample scene:

Each quarter, the Environmental Studies faculty in the BA program at AUSB sponsors a collaborative series on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world for our community and is part of Antioch in Conversation.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world.

 

Diana Raab Joins AUSB Board of Trustees

Diana RaabAntioch University Santa Barbara welcomes Diana Raab, PhD, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

Diana is a memoirist, transpersonal psychologist, inspirational speaker, thought-provoker, poet, and blogger. She’s the award-winning author of eight books, including two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey and four poetry collections, including the latest one, Lust. Her undergraduate work was in Health Administration, Nursing, and Journalism. She is the former director of a chronic care hospital and was a medical journalist f or more than 25 years. She received her MFA from Spalding University’s Low Residency Program. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology TodayHuffington Post, and BrainSpeak, and Diana’s doctoral dissertation focused on the transformative and empowering aspects of memoir writing. Diana writes about and facilitates nationwide workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment. Diana, originally a New Yorker,  has traveled worldwide and has lived in New York, Montreal, Orlando, and now calls Santa Barbara her home.

Diana is on the Board of Poets & Writers, The Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a UCSB Trustee. Diana is also on the Advisory Board for Antioch University Santa Barbara’s developing MFA in Writing Program and sponsors the forthcoming Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series.

She also organized and headlined the Love, Longing, Lust poetry event held on the AUSB campus in February (click to view photos from the event).

MBA Program Offers Workshop on Scalability of Social Change

Alternative Rite of Passage in KenyaThe socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration program at Antioch University Santa Barbara will present a free workshop open to the public on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. focusing on the scalability of social change.

The workshop, entitled The Challenge of Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Among the Masaai People of Kenya: Is It Scalable?”, will feature Teri Gabrielsen, founder of Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), and will be moderated by Paul Lynch, CEO and founder of Cage Free Productions and an adjunct faculty in AUSB’s MBA program. It will take place in AUSB’s Community Hall. Please RSVP to Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu or 805-962-8179 x5171.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a global and culturally sensitive issue. Communication and education rest at the center of the international effort to eradicate this ritual that creates staggering health and devastating social consequences for young Maasai women and their communities. ASK is successfully tackling this challenge.

In conjunction with the Maasai people living in Kenya, ASK created an Alternative Right of Passage (ARP) ceremony, following the traditional Maasai Emuratare, with the exception of FGM. In the eyes of their community, ARP graduates are recognized as women and are no longer married off at puberty.

ASK is on the brink of a major expansion into all of Maasailand. What obstacles must be overcome as ASK expands to other African communities? How is cultural resonance maintained? Join us for a fascinating presentation by Gabrielsen, followed by a problem solving/working session that will explore these challenging issues of scalability and sustainability inherent in change.

For more information on AUSB’s MBA program, please visit antiochsb.com/MBA.

Maestro Nir Kabaretti Headlines Next Antioch In Conversation Event

Nir Kabaretti
Nir Kabaretti

Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will speak at Antioch University Santa Barbara as the next featured guest in the “Antioch In Conversation” series on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4:30 to 6pm.

Kabaretti will discuss a variety of subjects – including topics related to conductors, musicians, symphonies, and opera companies. Newly appointed Symphony Executive Director David Pratt will introduce Kabaretti and also explain issues facing regional symphonies such as Santa Barbara’s. The audience will be able to mingle with Kabaretti and Pratt at a pre-program reception, with light refreshments beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the AUSB Community Hall. Both will participate in an audience Q&A session at the end of the evening.

Born in Israel, Kabaretti has built an impressive résumé in both symphonic and operatic styles across the globe. He showed musical talent at an early age, studying first at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and then at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

After graduating, Kabaretti was appointed chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In 2002, he was named Principal Conductor of Israel’s Raanana Symphonette Orchestra before joining the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti also has served as the Music Director for the Southwest Florida Symphony since 2012.

The maestro has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud. Kabaretti also has been selected to serve as guest conductor for orchestras around the world: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, just to name a few.

David PrattKabaretti also has an operatic background that has featured his work on productions with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra de Lausanne, The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Opera Santa Barbara, and more.

Australian native David Pratt recently joined the Santa Barbara Symphony as Executive Director after serving in the same position for the Savannah Philharmonic. Pratt also has held senior positions for the G’Day USA Festival connecting the U.S. and Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Festival of Chamber of Music, and the Melbourne Film Office for the State of Victoria.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world. Previous Antioch in Conversation guests have included television pioneer Norman Lear, legal expert and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe, and KCRW’s Warren Olney leading a panel on California’s water issues.

AUSB Class Screens Social Justice Documentary Film Festival

Stan Roden
Adjunct faculty Stan Roden holds up his smartphone as he describes how many of the students shot their films for the Social Justice Documentary Film Festival with nothing but their phones.

Thirteen students in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Bachelor of Arts program can now add “Documentary Filmmaker” to their resumes.

The students screened their films in the Social Justice Documentary Film Festival on campus on Thursday, March 12, as part of Stan Roden’s Documentary Filmmaking class.

Roden introduced the morning by telling the audience that the films being shown were the first films produced by most of the students. Praising how much they had accomplished in the 10 weeks of the class, Roden said the students all climbed several hills dealing with lighting, composition, and music, but also likened the storytelling aspect as more of a mountain the students all climbed successfully.

View a sampling of the films here:

Hurtful Love by Karoline Karlsen

The First Night by Mishan Warnakulasuriya

Belinda by Helen Rosales

Tough Luck by Charlotte Dessens

Call of the Wild by Tamlorn Chase

Forgiveness by Marissa Kochan

Lord, Don’t You Love Us More Than Birds? by Julie Stensrud

Norman Lear Receives Standing Ovation at Antioch in Conversation

Nancy Leffert, Barry Kemp, Norman Lear, and Victoria Riskin
Nancy Leffert, Barry Kemp, Norman Lear, and Victoria Riskin

Norman Lear — creator of such television shows as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” and more — entertained a packed house in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West on Friday, March 6, the latest in the Antioch in Conversation series.

(View more photos of the evening on the AUSB Facebook page.)

With fellow TV producer/writer and Montecito resident Barry Kemp (“Newhart,” “Taxi,” “Coach”) serving as interlocutor, Lear spun tales of his career, which included battles with network censors, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and even landed him on former President Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list.

Lear detailed his start in the entertainment industry by selling a humorous routine to actor and comedian Danny Thomas and building his career from there before striking gold with the iconic show “All in the Family” and its lovable but gruff main character Archie Bunker.

“He was afraid of tomorrow, afraid of progress,” Lear said of Archie, who was partially modeled after Lear’s father and whose bigotry introduced sensitive subjects like race relations to American television.

“Your shows were designed not just to make people laugh, but also to make people think,” Kemp said in summarizing Lear’s career.

Lear also pointed out Alan and Marilyn Bergman in the audience. The Bergmans helped compose the theme music for “Maude” and “Good Times,” two of Lear’s most popular shows.

The next Antioch In Conversation event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 when Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will speak in the Community Hall on the Antioch campus at 602 Anacapa Street.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement  about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and the world.

Antioch PsyD Students Placed in Prestigious Internships

James Chavers
James Chavers

Four students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program have been placed in prestigious internships at Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) sites.

James Chavers placed at Case Western/University Counseling Services in Cleveland, Ohio. “I believe that Antioch is beginning to develop a reputation in the industry as a school that is preparing students to be solid clinicians with a social justice emphasis,” James said. “I believe that this PsyD program is helping me on my journey to be the clinician and healer I aspire to be.”

Crystal Gonsalves
Crystal Gonsalves

Crystal Gonsalves will be working at the University of Washington-Tacoma. “The staff at Antioch University and my fellow cohort members have helped me grow both on a professional and personal level more so than I could have ever expected,” Crystal said. “I continue to be amazed at the level of warmth and knowledge expressed by my professors and their genuine care and concern for my continued growth. I have found it difficult to put into words how much this experience has meant to me and how thankful I am to everyone including my family, my wonderful cohort members and the professors.”

Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin
Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin

Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin will be heading to Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, which is an American Psychological Association accredited site. Yoseline said, “I’ve been an Antioch student for over five years, and it has been a key factor in my life changes and developmental growth. Others are drawn to us, and I like being part of an academic family that is quite unique.”

Cameron Zeidler
Cameron Zeidler

Cameron Ziedler also placed at an APA-accredited site at Coalinga State Hospital with the California Psych Intern Consortium in Fresno. “Antioch University Santa Barbara prepared me as a practitioner and scholar in a rigorous environment set for achieving academic excellence,” Cameron said. “Their scholarly model, designed with a very personal student-centered approach, provided state-of-the-art fieldwork experience necessary for championing social justice advocacy and advancing therapeutic jurisprudence. Antioch does not just teach us to become expert psychologists, but promotes our professional development to become meaningful healers who work with intention, determination, and compassion.”

Learn more about AUSB’s PsyD program, which is chaired by Ron Pilato.

Memorial Service for Austin Bartoo Scheduled for March 14

Austin BartooA memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, in Los Olivos for Austin Bartoo, a BA student at Antioch University Santa Barbara who passed away on February 23.

Austin’s family has released the following obituary with details about the memorial service and highlights from Austin’s life and also set up a site for family and friends to submit memories and photos of Austin: www.caringbridge.org/visit/honoringaustinbartoo

Austin Troy Bartoo, a student at Antioch University Santa Barbara, wine club team lead at Firestone Vineyard, and lifelong resident of Santa Ynez, CA, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2015. Austin was in a severe car accident on Saturday, February 21. He was transported to the ICU at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he fought for his life and recovery. When Austin sadly passed away two days later, he was able to give others the gift of life through his organ donation.

Austin is survived by his parents, Roy and Theresa Bartoo, and his sisters, Alisha and Shannon, and grandparents, Bill and Paula Bartoo and Jeanne Kubes.

Austin was born in Santa Maria, CA, on April 3, 1989. In 2008, he graduated from Santa Ynez High School, where he played football and soccer. He went on to study first at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and then at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB). He was expected to graduate from AUSB with his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Marketing and Communication in December of this year.

Austin was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, co-worker, and friend. He enjoyed working out, running, and living an active lifestyle by becoming a certified personal fitness trainer. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family at the lake, and he was a fun, playful, and loving uncle to his niece, Kenleigh. He was a passionate wine enthusiast who loved working at Firestone vineyards. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

An open memorial service for family and friends is scheduled on March 14 at 1pm at Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyards, 4871 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (rain or shine). In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an annual scholarship fund in Austin’s honor to benefit upcoming graduates of Santa Ynez Valley High School. In addition to the scholarship, a portion of all initial donations received will go to upgrading the Santa Ynez Valley High School Weight room. Please send all donations to P.O. Box 567, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460. Make checks payable to “Austin Bartoo Memorial Fund.”