Art museum

Four members join the art museum’s board of trustees

The new members of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Board of Trustees are Marta Holsman Babson, Karen Lombardo Brill, Robert Castle and Michael C. Linn.

They serve under the chairman of the board, Nicholas Mutton.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Babson moved to Montecito when she was 3 years old. She attended Cold Springs School and graduated from Crane Country Day School before heading east to boarding school in Palm Beach and the American School in Lugano, Switzerland. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

After graduating, Ms. Babson worked in the trust department of CrockersNational Bank in Santa Barbara, then returned to Chicago and worked at Harris Bank before joining L. Cartwright & Co. as vice president.

Maintaining homes in Chicago and Montecito, Ms. Babson has served on the boards of Rush-Presbyterian Hospital, the Goodman Theater and the Chicago Symphony. In Santa Barbara, she currently serves on the board of directors of the Community Arts Music Association.

Ms. Brill is a strong advocate and steward of the arts and the environment. She was a guide at the SBMA for 20 years, specializing in educating young people, was named guide of the year in 2018 and served as president of the Museum Docent Council from 2005 to 2006.

After training with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, she created and co-directed its Santa Barbara chapter and sits on the Partnership Council of the Community Environmental Council. Ms. Brill has served on the boards of Angels Foster Care, Canticle a capella Choir and the Santa Barbara Choral Society, where she sings as a soprano.

She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Temple University, trained as a school counselor at Villanova University, and studied family therapy with the Family Council of Philadelphia.

During a 35-year career managing information and telecommunications companies, Mr. Castle served as a business leader for technology start-ups in Michigan, Southern California and Boston. A math graduate from the University of Michigan, he began his professional life teaching high school math and computer science.

Moving to Sycor Inc., an IT startup in Ann Arbor, Mr. Castle built a business career in marketing and executive leadership. Career opportunities led him to other Orange County tech startups such as FileNet Corp. and eventually leading his own business successes in Boston.

Now retired, Mr. Castle, who recently moved to Montecito, has three children and a granddaughter.

Mr. Linn is a 40-year energy industry veteran, spokesperson and leader. With a lifetime of experience in starting, buying, building and selling private and public businesses, he has a track record of success as a founder, executive, industry authority, general counsel , board member/leader, teacher and investor. Mr. Linn is currently President and CEO of MCL Ventures LLC, a family office with investments in oil and gas and real estate.

His civic council service includes Texas Children’s Hospital, where he serves as chairman of the board.

He is a member of the Board of Visitors and Development Committee of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a member of the Principal Cabinet of the President’s Leadership Council of Houston Methodist Hospital and of the Board of Trustees and various committees of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Mr. Linn received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 in political science from Villanova University and his law degree in 1977 from the Baltimore School of Law.

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