Staff Report

The Solvang Theaterfest Board of Directors has elected Susan Beckmen as its newest member.

She has been controller at Hartley and Ostini LLC Hitching Post Wines for more than three decades.

For the past eight years she served as treasurer for the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association, where she was involved in organizing two to four fundraising events annually. She also has played an essential role in the multimillion-dollar success of the Santa Barbara Wine Auction benefiting Direct Relief, organized in part by the Vintners’ Foundation.

Her husband is Steve Beckmen, general manager and winemaker at Beckmen Vineyards, which he founded with his father, Tom Beckmen, in 1994.

Solvang Theaterfest is the nonprofit corporation that owns, maintains and operates Solvang Festival Theater. Its board is made up of volunteer community members with expertise in financial management, fundraising, marketing and the performing arts.

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