Staff Report

Carol Anders has been elected as the newest member of Solvang Theaterfest Board of Directors.

A registered nurse for 40 years, Anders served as a Solvang City Councilwoman and mayor from 1990-1996.

From 1998-2010 she represented the Santa Ynez Valley on the Hancock College Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the passage of a $180 million bond measure for construction of several buildings to improve educational services to thousands of local residents.

A team member for both capital campaigns for the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA, Anders and her late husband were honored with the naming of the YMCA’s Dean and Carol Anders Teen Center.

She previously served on the Board of Directors at Solvang Friendship House and at Atterdag Village of Solvang. In 2007, she co-chaired a capital campaign that raised $5.5 million for safety renovations at Atterdag’s skilled nursing facility.

A member of the Rotary Club of Solvang, Anders joined Rotary’s medical mission to Nicaragua in 2015. The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation honored her as Woman of the Year in 2000.

In addition to serving on the Solvang Theaterfest Board, Anders will be putting her philanthropic fundraising skills to work as a steering committee member for the organization’s recently launched $4.7 million capital campaign, called “Imagine – Building the Future.”

Solvang Theaterfest is the nonprofit corporation that owns, maintains and operates Solvang Festival Theater, which is now celebrating its 45th anniversary.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Norbom at or 805-686-1789.