This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Jennifer Van Homer (B.A. Class of 2003) in our spotlight on alumni.
Jennifer Van Homer, BS, MSC, CHIC firmly believes that excellence in leadership is crucial in order to address organizational challenges and create sustainable change. Jennifer works with leaders and organizations to increase their personal and professional effectiveness by bringing their actions into alignment with their most important commitments and goals.
One of Jennifer's goals was making time to complete her Bachelor's Degree. She entered Antioch University Santa Barbara in 2000, working as a full-time professional with two children as well. It was at Antioch that Van Homer gained the knowledge and experience of working with others that led her to her current position as a Master Somatic coach, trainer and organizational consultant. She uses sound principles and practices of adult development and somatic awareness.
Van Homer graduated from Antioch University Santa Barbara, in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Business. Her interest in the well being of young people led her to co-create a leadership program for youth at the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California. In addition to being a Master Somatic Coach she is also a certified Hudson Institute Coach.
Jennifer is a sought after leadership coach, author and speaker. Before becoming a coach she worked extensively in Human Resources Leadership, including ten years at Patagonia, a local maker of outdoor clothing, apparel and gear for climbing. She contributed to the formation of the unique corporate culture at Patagonia.
When asked about WHY she chose AUSB to claim her education, Jennifer Van Homer said:
"I chose Antioch because it offered me the flexibility I needed to complete my degree being the mother of two children and working full-time!"
"Antioch is a great place to expand your perspectives and learn to coordinate and collaborate with others. The teachers are fantastic and the learning environment is fun and challenging. I was a student in the weekend program which required a lot of collaboration with my cohort. It was a great experience and taught me a lot about teaming. It’s great to be in an adult learning environment and to be in a place that invites the whole student!"
Jennifer Van Homer lives in Santa Barbara, where she enjoys spending time with her two children and yellow Labrador. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, surfing and skiing. Jennifer recently released the book "A Princess and Her Garden – A Fable of Awakening and Arrival" co-written with her mother, Patricia R. Adson, Ph.D. Van Homer is also the co-author of "The Relating Game: 96 Ways to Sustain Passion Over Time", which is a deck of cards designed to stimulate conversation and emotional intimacy with your partner. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit her websites at:
A Princess and Her Garden http://aprincessandhergarden.com/
The Relating Game http://therelatinggame.com/
Leadership Coaching & Consulting http://jennifervanhomer.com/
USA Today has named Antioch University one of the “Top 20 Colleges Most Committed to Community Service,” the second such major honor the college has received this year.
“Civic engagement is a key component of our educational values and deeply-held philosophy,” said Dr. Leffert. “We teach our students the importance of service learning in the classroom and the community. Being recognized as an educational institution for our service commitment is especially meaningful to us.”
James Kyriaco knows how to 'keep it local' with thirteen years of experience and success in managing political campaigns in the Santa Barbara community.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2009 graduate received his Bachelor of Liberal Studies with an Area of Concentration in Social Services Administration paving the way for James to climb the ranks in the political world and help many candidates win victories in elections.
Mr. Kyriaco was born and raised in Santa Barbara. He attended Santa Barbara High School and completed coursework at Santa Barbara City College. James has held many leadership positions with a number of non-profit organizations including the Santa Barbara Family Care Center (President, Vice President), Goleta Valley Historical Society (Executive Director), Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Citizens Planning Association, and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons (Board Member).
James Kyriaco has consulted for numerous political clients ranging from County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara School Board Trustee Monique Limon to Goleta Mayor Margaret Connell, former Santa Barbara Councilmembers Roger Horton and Brian Barnwell, and Goleta Water District President Bill Rosen.
James has also been active in serving the Santa Barbara community through his work on the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee, and as a former longtime member of the City of Santa Barbara Community Development and Human Services Commission.
When asked about his experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, James Kyriaco said:
"I chose Antioch University because it offers a flexible schedule, strong faculty, and proven commitment to social justice through examination of individual and organizational behavior. I especially appreciated Antioch's powerful online learning tools, and its recognition of the value of experiential learning."
James shares this message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:
"My experience at Antioch was transformative, and impacts the way I look at the world around me every day. The instructors offer "real world" as well as academic knowledge, and their commitment to students is top notch. Many of the students are very accomplished as well, and the seminar format of many classes offers opportunities to learn from the student body as well as the instructor. The online platforms used at Antioch are technologically advanced, intuitive and complement the classroom and experiential elements of the curriculum."
Mr. Kyriaco has just completed a Master's Degree program in Public Administration through California State University, Northridge. James lives with his wife Angie (also an Antioch University Alumni) in Goleta, along with their cat, Guiseppe. For more information on James Kyriaco visit his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-kyriaco-jr/a/967/11
Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) has gone through healthy transformations to best serve our students and community.
We have welcomed new faculty members, inaugurated our new President Dr. Nancy Leffert and are currently moving into our new campus located in downtown Santa Barbara. Our quarterly alumni magazine called "Transformations" has even gone digital!
AUSB's Academic Programs have also received attention as we've added new Major Concentrations offered under our Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Clinical Psychology degree programs. With all of this change going on, people have been asking:
"What is what is the difference between Antioch Santa Barbara and other universities?"
Antioch Santa Barbara's difference was clearly defined by Dr. Nancy Leffert at her inauguration. The theme of ACCESS, ENGAGE and COLLABORATE defines and guides the experience we help our students claim personally, professionally and academically.
ACCESS: A Higher Education, your Community and a Flexible Schedule
We set ourselves apart from other universities with a more cost-effective, solid foundation for learning. Students at AUSB have found they can complete their bachelor's degree in just one year. Our bridge transfer program makes your time at community college count. Our curriculum offers students of any age a flexible academic program that can adapt to your needs. Whether a full-time student or a working professional, each student's program incorporates a mixture of learning formats that include a variety of classes, workshops, seminars – as well as working in the community through internships.
We like to say you get a well-rounded higher education with the time spent at AUSB. You'll be connected to the community in Santa Barbara with our new location. Our new campus located at Cota and Anacapa Streets is in the heart of the city and within walking distance to State Street's restaurants, boutiques and galleries. This area is convenient for residents and commuters alike.
ENGAGE: In Experiential Learning
We set ourselves apart with small, highly interactive classes focused on learning that lasts a lifetime. As a student working towards a career goal, you'll find that these engaging classroom dynamics open up more opportunity for 'hands on' skills that prep you in real world situations. AUSB recognizes that there are many ways to learn. We encourage non-classroom activities such as independent studies, volunteer work and personal experiences to help draw from all areas of learning to build your academic foundation.
COLLABORATE: With an Attentive Faculty and Diverse Student Body
As a student you will work closely with our teaching Faculty who are also professionals in their fields. Our faculty inspires passion and a creative learning environment. Our feedback has always been how individuals have grown both intellectually and personally from the mentoring they have received. Our student body truly reflects AUSB's core principles and beliefs by representing a wide diversity in gender, ethnicity, age, class, sexual orientation, and professional background. Your classmates will be an important part of your learning experience at Antioch Santa Barbara. Because we have small classes and interactive teaching – you will build relationships with your peers and faculty that will last after graduation and form your professional network.
Learn How Antioch University Can Help You Move Your Life Forward, Build Your Career, and Change Your World
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