Staff Report

Santa Ynez Valley residents Phoebe Smith and Nicole Sweetland have joined the Arts Outreach board of directors.

In addition to the experience that they bring to the board, both have children who participate in a variety of Arts Outreach’s programs.

Phoebe Smith

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Phoebe and Nicole join our board of directors,” said Executive Director Sandie Mullin. “They bring a wealth of practical business and leadership experience, but are also Arts Outreach parents. They have experienced first-hand the enormous impact of our programs on their own children and are committed to ensuring that all the children of the Santa Ynez Valley have access to the arts.”

Smith, a veterinarian, was born and raised in Kentucky and attended veterinary school at Auburn University. Upon graduation, she accepted an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos.

She pursued her equine medicine with a residency at UC Davis and then taught at Ohio State University for several years. She returned to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2010 to create her own practice, Riviera Equine.

She serves on multiple professional committees, including the boards of The Family School, Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary, and the Renew A Horse Foundation.

She lives in Santa Ynez with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Jacie.

Sweetland, a hydrogeologist, is a native of Santa Barbara County who attended Lompoc and Santa Barbara high schools. She received a B.S. in geology from UCSB and a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Arizona. She moved back to the Santa Barbara area with her husband, Sandy, in 2008.

She serves as president and principal hydrogeologist at DBS&A Geo-Logic Associates in Santa Barbara. As president and board member of the 270-person environmental and engineering consulting firm, Sweetland brings valuable business, team building, and financial management experience to the Arts Outreach board.

She has two children who attend Solvang School and said she has seen her children benefit immensely from the arts and music programs at the school and through Arts Outreach.

Arts Outreach is a nonprofit corporation that brings art to local children and seniors with a mission to “bring life to art and art to life.”

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