Friends of VADA

Friends of VADA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization created to support the Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) both financially and with in-kind volunteer help.

2023-2024 Board of Directors


Andy Beall, President

Andy is co-founder and Chief Scientist at WorldViz, a leader in professional virtual reality solutions. With his vision for cutting-edge technologies and how they connect to people, WorldViz has provided services to Fortune 500 industrial customers as well as numerous government agencies since 2002. Prior to that, Andy completed his B.A. in cognitive science at Brown, Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and post-doctoral program at MIT. 

Andy served on the Peabody Charter School board of directors for nearly 5 years during the time his children attended school there. His daughter aspires to attend VADA starting the academic year 2021-2022, and his son is enjoying the DPHS Engineering Academy.

Jessica Risko Smith, Vice-President

Jessica Risko Smith is the Principle Designer at her namesake Interior Design Studio, where she works on high-end residential and boutique commercial projects here in Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Business concentration at Auburn University before returning to Southern California where she spent her early childhood years.  She began her career as an Associate at Gensler, a highly acclaimed, worldwide design firm.  She supports the local architecture and design community, is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a LEED Accredited Professional.  

Jessica has 2 children.  Her oldest, Leighton, is a freshman in the VADA program, and her son Emrys, is a 7th grader at Crane Country Day School.

Cindy Eyanson, Treasurer

Kate Ford, Secretary

Spencer Barr

Josh Blumer

Ginny Brush

Dean Dawson

Jim Fabio

Aaron Foreman

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in kinesiology, Aaron began his professional career with the obvious next step of managing bands. After a couple years on the road, he became a leader in the digital music revolution with senior roles at multiple record labels under both Sony and Universal Music. He made his way to Santa Barbara to run Global Digital Marketing for Sonos, the innovative wireless speaker company, which he helped to become a world-class brand. As an advisor and marketing consultant, his current focus is helping early stage companies develop and execute their go to market strategies, as well as assisting established businesses to re-imagine their brands for new growth.

Aaron and his wife Emily have a son Tom, a freshman in the VADA program, as well as a daughter Daisy who also attends SBHS and is a member of the lacrosse team.

Blanca Gorman

Ben Krintzman

Ruben Mislang

Ruben is the owner of M4 Interactive, a Santa Barbara based web design and development agency with clients in a variety of industries from museums, tech startups, eCommerce, nonprofits and universities. He has led the planning, design and development of nearly 100 websites involving custom eCommerce solutions, Content Management Systems, Search Engine Marketing, and complex 3rd party integration. Some notable clients (past and present) include Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Huntington Library, Cal-Poly SLO, Dollar Shave Club, UC Riverside, LA Lakers and many more.

Ruben is a Santa Barbara High School and UCSB Alumni. He and his wife Jennifer have four children, two future VADA students, a son currently in VADA and a daughter who recently graduated from VADA in 2020.

Michele Osbourne

Michele has a BA in Psychology from Humboldt State University and attended the University of Delaware as an exchange student. With an interest in enriching her community, Michele has spent over a decade working for nonprofit organizations both in Hawaii and California and is currently an Intake Coordinator at Hospice of Santa Barbara. 

She has also worked in operations and management as a small business owner for over 20 years with her husband and has spent time earlier in her career as a preschool teacher, elementary school substitute teacher and as a teacher’s aide in the ESL program at SBCC. 

Michele values creativity in education and appreciates the benefits of participating in our academy programs. She has a son who graduated from SBHS’s Computer Science Academy and a daughter beginning the VADA program this year. 

Michele currently serves as the Database Manager for the Friends of VADA board of directors.

Ian Smith

Devon Quinn


Friends of VADA
PO Box 4426
Santa Barbara, CA 93140
Federal Tax ID #73-1646663