Valéry Ryvkin might not have been central casting’s version of a maestro, but when his glistening head popped up in the orchestra pit for Opera Santa Barbara performances, audiences shouted, “Bravo, bravo, Valéry!”
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A former mayor of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jim Sutherland moved with his family to the Santa Barbara area in 1983 to work in Westmont College’s admissions department, drawn to the “eternal dimension” of the school’s spiritual mission.
Dave Denniston was a pioneer of supported living for children with a developmental disability — from a father’s perspective. It was his personal touch that made the difference.
During 33 years as a social worker for Santa Barbara County, Elaine Arnett defended the rights of abandoned and abused children. Simultaneously, Elaine sought relief and found joy in the make-believe world of theater arts.