Art Museum announces new trustees


Staff Report

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has announced the newest members of its board of trustees, whose terms began July 1: David Gersh, Christine Vanderbilt Holland, Sarah Vedder and Bruce Worster.

In addition, Kenneth Anderson has returned to the board after a year’s hiatus. They will work under the leadership of Chairman John C. Bishop Jr.

The term of the newly-elected Trustees officially began July 1.

Anderson is a retired partner of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced employment law representing management for 34 years and ran the firm’s Los Angeles office.  He still oversees the Firm’s worldwide art collection.

Gersh spent 36 years in the practice of corporate and securities law, negotiating, structuring, and executing complex corporate transactions. He is a retired partner of Paul Hastings, a renowned international law firms.

He participated on behalf of Frank Sinatra in the sale of Warner Bros. Studios to Kinney National Corporation to create what is now Time Warner. In addition, he was lead counsel to the British company TVS Entertainment in its acquisition of MTM Entertainment.

Vanderbilt Holland, a resident of Santa Barbara since 1996, is a retired attorney who worked in civil litigation with several Los Angeles firms, where her specialties included insurance bad-faith defense and professional liability defense. For the past 15 years she has enjoyed pursuing a variety of activities in Santa Barbara, with a chief area of interest in the visual arts and art history, with a focus on SBMA.

Vedder was born in Denver but spent her childhood in Seattle and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She majored in art at Colorado College and for 31 years she has been a member of the Oak Group, which is an association of landscape painters who work with conservation organizations on land preservation projects.

Worster is a private investor and advisor with 30 years of experience in high-technology product and business development. In 2001, he retired as a vice president of JDS-Uniphase Corporation. Prior to the merger of Uniphase Corporation and JDS Fitel, he was the founder, chief technical officer and, ultimately, president of Ultrapointe Corporation, a subsidiary of Uniphase.