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/
This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Sharon Woodlief (M.A. Class of 2005) in our spotlight on alumni.
Sharon Woodlief's interest in lifelong learning began in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After moving to Santa Barbara to pursue a graduate study program in Political Science she found herself drawn to Psychology.
Sharon researched graduate programs that could provide a course of study that was rigorous yet consistent with her personal philosophy of Social Justice and Experiential Learning. Once she found Antioch University Santa Barbara, Sharon knew she would be on the right course both academically and personally (an added bonus was the University was located around the corner from where she lived downtown).
"My classes at Antioch consisted of an array of diverse students, and the class environments were open to allowing all of those hungry and thoughtful scholars to think and challenge one another as well as being encouraged to challenge the brilliant faculty. I felt my knowledge base grow academically because the faculty was prepared to teach with skill and competence. Moreover, I felt my sense of intellect and self-confidence intensify, as I applied theories and ideas not only in my school work but in my community, and even with my family and friends."
"There is so much that I learned at Antioch that I still find myself routinely recalling themes and lessons, and in all manner of circumstances in my life. That is what education at Antioch is: taking what is learned in the classroom and applying what is learned throughout one’s life."
This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Melinda Kincaid (M.A. Class of 2008) in our spotlight on alumni.
Melinda Kincaid's passion for psychology stems from her belief in establishing a therapeutic bond in the working relationship between client and therapist. She has four years of experience in working interpersonally in the object relations, family systems, and experiential therapies.
Kincaid began her journey into the study of psychology with an interest in human behavior. She was intrigued with learning about how the brain works and why we do what we do. Kincaid learned that human behavior is varied and diverse, but there are certain commonalities. She found herself drawn to psychology in general from the need to grow personally. To learn more, understand and be content with herself were part of her goals and studies. Lastly, Melinda Kincaid knew that she wanted to help others.
"My Antioch experience was wonderful. They make it a priority not only to educate you, but also to prepare you for actually doing the job when you are done with the academics. Self-awareness, examination, and growth are also important aspects to the Antioch education. Especially in this profession, as a licensed marriage and family therapist, it is essential to challenge and know yourself very well."
"I chose Antioch SB for a few reasons. I wanted a very experiential program experience and Antioch Santa Barbara offered that. Also, the accelerated program and schedule worked for me. I was able to attend without having to move from my home in San Luis Obispo, given the one day/week with some weekends class schedule. The Antioch staff and philosophy offers a very well rounded educational experience."
Mrs. Kincaid is married to her husband, Aaron who is supportive and loving. The two met in high school and were married nine years later in Yosemite, Ca. Having lost both of her parents, Kincaid credits her husband for helping her stay grounded and balanced. The Kincaids recently welcomed the birth of their son, Aden. Since then Melinda has become adamant about living sustainably and consciously with respect to the planet.
Melinda enjoys spending time in nature: camping, running, hiking, biking, swimming, snowboarding, dance and Bikram yoga. Her volunteer work has included working with at risk youth, informing and inspiring them toward higher education (EAOP). She has also worked with children on their literacy and social skills in JumpStart.
Melinda Kincaid, MA, LMFT provides individuals, couples and family therapy. She specializes in relationship issues, trauma/PTSD and adolescents. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit her Psychology Today profile.
This week we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara Core Faculty Member: Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW (Chair of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) program in our spotlight on AUSB.
Dr. Wolfson comes to Antioch after heading the Jewish Family Services in Santa Barbara as Director for the past nine years. Wolfson has been teaching for over nineteen years including her time as an instructor at AUSB and New York's Columbia University.
Elizabeth Wolfson has background experience in psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, narrative, and systemic theories. Highlights from her professional career range from creating an innovative intervention program for youth who are at risk with Holocaust survivors to work on issues of diversity and violence among youths to being one of the creators of Santa Barbara Village, a community-based membership organization focused on empowering older adults to live happily, healthfully, and successfully in their own homes as they age.
Elizabeth received her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University School of Social Work. In addition to teaching and overseeing the traineeship of students in the MA in Clinical Psychology Program, Dr. Wolfson operates a private practice of psychotherapy in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson answers the question "How is the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) Program designed to set students up for success in the professional field?":
"We are an expanding yet relatively small program so that that the unique interests and needs of each one of our students is attended to by faculty and staff. Our class sizes remain small and our instructors are experienced, knowledgeable professionals most of whom are currently practicing in their fields. This means that what is current in professional practice is brought directly into the classroom along with live case material and extensive knowledge of the settings in which students themselves are placed for their learning. The academic program itself is carefully designed to prepare students for California state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists so that, we have an impressive success rate for our graduates. Finally, because of our stellar reputation in the community, Antioch graduates are welcomed into community agencies and tend to be hired as clinicians who eventually grow their career paths as supervisors and managers as well as private practitioners."
When asked,"What do you think is the difference between Antioch University Santa Barbara and other universities?" Dr. Wolfson said:
"In addition to Antioch's standards for excellence and dedicated focus on supporting students' success, I see some essential differences between Antioch Santa Barbara and other universities which are the reasons I am proud to be affiliated with Antioch. Foremost among these is AUSB's commitment to social justice, not just in theory, but in the practice of embracing diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism in all aspects of what happens here. Related to this, is the Antioch's rootedness within the community which sets it apart from other "Academic" institutions. This is reflected in ongoing collaborations with community organizations, educational programs reflective of the needs of our community and where students and alumni are significantly represented as professionals in organizations throughout the community. Finally, our commitment to a small group experiential education model, which we all know has been demonstrated to be the most effective means of learning, provides a unique and memorable experience for our students."
Elizabeth shares this message to prospective students looking to claim their education at AUSB:
"The opportunity to study at AUSB is a rare educational experience unlike any other. You would be most fortunate to have that opportunity for all of the reasons described above."
Antioch University Santa Barbara will host the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce business networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on September 22 on the school’s roof top patio at the new campus at 602 Anacapa St. The mixer is a kick-off for Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, announced AUSB Trustee and Chamber President Luis Villegas.
Also at the mixer, businesses who join the Hispanic Chamber will reap the benefits of SBcoupons.com, a free website that provides discounts for a variety of South Coast companies. Joining the chamber will mean $100 off SBcoupons.com service, a free business website and free TV ads. The cost for the mixer is $5 for chamber members and $10 for nonmembers. Food and beverages will be served. For more information, call (805) 233-3690 or visit www.sbhcc.org.
Today we feature not one but two Antioch University Santa Barbara graduates – Steve and Sara Caputo! The couple met while attending AUSB in pursuit of their Master’s Degrees through our Academic Programs.
Steve Caputo, Class of 1997 graduated with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. Since his graduation Steve has been on the adjunct teaching faculty of Antioch Santa Barbara. He is known for engaging his students in experiential learning and drawing from his own professional experience. Steve is a dynamic and creative management professional with over twenty five years of experience in organizational management, corporate training, team building, and facilitation. He calls his style of training methodology, “entertrainment” (a combination of training and entertainment).
Mr. Caputo currently holds the position of Manager of Organizational Development for Cottage Health System (Cottage Hospital). Of his position at Cottage Steve said, “I feel like I get the opportunity to not just make a difference in the organization but within the community every day.”
Owner of Radiant Organizing and established productivity coach, Sara Caputo (who was recently profiled on the AUSB blog) received her M.A. in Organizational Psychology in 2003. Sara published her first book this year, “The Productivity Puzzle: What’s Your Missing Piece?”. Mrs. Caputo uses the book in her employee trainings which helps guide the clientele toward creating workflow systems and building on strengths. Sara assists a wide spectrum of organizations and people, including large corporations, non-profit groups, small businesses, independent contractors, educational institutions, financial advisors, and residential clients. Her consulting work ranges from speaking seminars, to time management and priority setting trainings. Sara Caputo also contributes a column in the Santa Barbara News-Press called the Productivity Corner.
Steve and Sara live in Santa Barbara and are actively involved in the community. The couples greatest creation are their two sons, Benjamin (3.5 years old) and Zack (6 months old).
When asked about their decision to attend Antioch University Santa Barbara, The Caputo’s said:
Steve, “I wanted to make a change from finance & accounting to organizational development. I looked at many different programs and chose Antioch because of the program flexibility and content.”
Sara, “I had heard about Antioch from many people in the community when I started thinking about getting my masters degree, so I toured it, met with a few professors to assess whether it was right for me and immediately loved the feel of it, so I enrolled. Steve was a friend at the time and really encouraged me to go to Antioch, so this was and continues to be a really nice common bond that we share in our life.”
Steve and Sara share how their AUSB education has helped them with career and life goals:
Sara, “Antioch helped me to grow up in a way that I didn’t recognize that I needed at the time, but looking back now I know it was where I was meant to be on many levels. The care of the instructors, the personal relationships developed and the ability to create my own path and forge ahead into the next level of my life was integral.”
Steve, “I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing had it not been for stopping what I was doing and starting something new. An important practice in my life is meditation and journaling, which I try to do daily. Before Sara and I got married I took a solo camping trip and brought my stack of journals to read. As I was reading through countless entries I found one that was written about 2 years before I went to Antioch that said, “Today I talked to someone that is doing what I want to do…he teaches at a university and does organizational development for an organization” as I read it I thought to myself…“Wow – that’s exactly what I am doing!” So I tell people – be careful of what you dream…because you will get it.”
The Caputo’s shares this message to prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:
Sara, “Come ready to “claim your education”! As with anything you will get out of it what you put in. I put a lot into my education and still hold the professors, the classes, the high level people that I met along the way near and dear to my heart.”
Steve, “I would agree with what Sara said and add that one of the greatest things about Antioch is that it allows you to have flexibility within the structure. So create your own path…one that fits and works for you. Don’t limit yourself to what is in the course catalogue; create your own path within the boundaries.”
For more information on Steve Caputo, M.A. visit http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-caputo. To find Sara Caputo, M.A. Radiant Organizing on the web go to radiantorganizing.com and theproductivitypuzzle.com (e-Book).
Tamie Beeman-Gangloff, M.A. in Clinical Psychology Class of 2009, often refers to herself as “The Wounded Healer” after having overcome her own battles with an eating disorder. Tamie’s approach in helping others recover is eclectic, one that includes work on relationship and personality issues, cognitive behavior, and feminist perspective.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2009 Graduate received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Since her graduation, Tamie has been working with men, women and adolescents in treatment for severe eating disorders in an inpatient and outpatient level. Tamie Beeman-Gangloff also has experience in treating clients with substance abuse, sexual identity issues, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
As a “recovered professional”, who leads her practice in Pennsylvania, Ms. Beeman-Gangloff has facilitated many scale bashing events. These events inspires clients to do away with the negativity associated with the numbers on the bathroom scale. Tamie ensures a safe environment where clients can began the healing process through discussion and action. Women bring in clothing articles and even food scales. Hammers are provided for the bashing!
When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Tamie Beeman-Gangloff said:
“I chose Antioch because of the small classroom environment and the focus on the experiential process. Antioch focuses on what is important – the true experience with the client – face to face, learning the detailed skills that you cannot learn from a book. We didn’t focus on memorizing material for tests, but we were pushed to the limit to study cases and come up with the best treatment for our clients. The education was also of a very personal nature – forcing us to look inward and to rediscover ourselves. Of course, it is a requirement to attend therapy while in the program, however – with each new class and subject, I started to look more at myself and began to grow and change more personally and professionally. The teachers at Antioch helped to provide a safe environment for learning and self-exploration.”
Tamie shares this message of her own self-growth for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:
“I was referred to as a wounded healer due to my own personal recovery and experiences. As you can see from my website – this is an identity I have grown into. In school, we learn that self-disclosure is to be very limited and focused on what will help the client. I do this but in a more personal way. All of my clients know that I am in recovery – I feel that this helps us to connect and relate to one another on a level that could not otherwise be facilitated. My own pain and healing has become one of my tools for helping others.”
Tamie Beeman-Gangloff, M.A., provides individual, group and family therapy. Her treatment is very individualized for each client. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tamie-gangloff
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.
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