The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) has named the following new Board of Trustees members: Marta Holsman Babson, Karen Lombardo Brill, Robert Castle, and Michael C. Linn. The board is chaired by Nicholas Mutton. Their terms began Feb. 7.
Babson, who was born in Chicago, moved to Montecito, when she was three years old. She attended Cold Springs School and graduated from Crane Country Day School before attendng boarding school in Palm Beach, Florida, and the American School in Lugano, Switzerland.
She graduated from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She worked at the Trust Department of Crocker National Bank in Santa Barbara, then returned to Chicago and worked at the Harris Bank before joining L. Cartwright & Co. as vice president.
Maintaining homes in both Chicago and Montecito, Babson has been on the Woman’s Board of the Rush-Presbyterian Hospital, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago Symphony. In Santa Barbara, she serves on the Board of the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA).
Brill is an advocate for and steward of the arts and the environment. She served the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as a docent for 20 years, specializing in youth education, was named Docent of the Year in 2018, and served as president of the Museum Docent Council, 2005-06.
After training with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Brill created and co-leads its Santa Barbara chapter and serves on the Community Environmental Council’s Partnership Council. She has served on the boards of Angels Foster Care, Canticle a capella Choir, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.
Brill holds a M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Temple University, trained as a school consultant at Villanova University, and studied family therapy with the Family Council of Philadelphia.
Over a 35-year career managing information and telecommunications companies, Castle has been an entrepreneurial leader for young technology start-ups in Michigan, Southern California, and Boston.
A graduate in mathematics from the University of Michigan, he started his professional life teaching mathematics and computer science at the high school level. Moving on to Sycor, Inc., a young computer company in Ann Arbor, he built a business career in marketing and executive leadership.
Career opportunities took Castle to other young technology firms in Orange County, California, and eventually leading to his own business successes in Boston.
Now retired, Castle recently moved to Montecito. He said he sees the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as a great place to contribute to his new home.
Linn is a 40-year energy industry veteran, spokesman and leader. Bringing a history of starting, buying, building and selling both private and public companies, he has a record of success as founder, C-suite executive, industry authority, general counsel, board member/officer, teacher, and investor.
Linn is president/CEO of MCL Ventures LLC, a family office with oil and gas and real estate investments.
His civic board service includes Texas Children’s Hospital, where he is board chair. He is on the Board of Visitors and Development Committee at MD Anderson Cancer Center; member of the Senior Cabinet of the President’s Leadership Council at Houston Methodist Hospital; and on the board and various committees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Linn earned his J.D. in 1977 from Baltimore School of Law and B.A. in 1974 in political science from Villanova University.