Small and Weinman Join OSB Board

Two highly accomplished individuals have joined Opera Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors. Eric Small is a noted yoga practitioner and advocate for its use in treating multiple sclerosis and other disorders. Robert W. Weinman is a retired physicist and prominent supporter of performing arts organizations and cultural institutions regionally and beyond. Each began his three-year Board term in April.

Born in Avalon, Catalina Island, Mr. Small completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA before earning a master’s degree at Otis Institute. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 22, he soon became a serious student of Iyengar Yoga, and went on to study with the discipline’s founder, B.K.S. Iyengar, in Pune, India. Mr. Small frequently conducts therapeutic yoga workshops and seminars throughout the United States. Through his Stress Control Systems Trust, based in Montecito, he creates programs specifically for clients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. He was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2001. Mr. Small currently serves on the Board of Directors for USC, the Doheny Eye Institute, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“Opera Santa Barbara is extremely fortunate to have Eric Small join our Board,” said Chair Nancy Golden. “His service on the Los Angeles Opera Board, as well as his keen interest in educating the next generation of opera singers, will be very useful as we plot our company’s path forward.”

Dr. Weinman earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Caltech before pursuing postdoctoral studies in elementary particle theory at Tel Aviv University. He spent his entire career at Northrop, joining the company as a research scientist and later serving as a section manager for the MX missile program. Dr. Weinman was awarded consecutive National Science Foundation and Westinghouse fellowships in the early to mid-1960s. Formerly a Board member for the Music Academy of the West and Long Beach Opera, he has also generously supported Camerata Pacifica, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Opera Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Opera, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Metropolitan Opera, and the Whitney Museum. He currently serves on the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

“Bob Weinman is an outstanding figure in the Santa Barbara performing arts community and is widely known for his engaging personality. The Opera Santa Barbara Board is sure to benefit from his enthusiasm for and formidable knowledge about opera,” said Ms. Golden.

L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore