A life-long resident of Santa Barbara, James has been a Club Member since 2001, Board Member since 2011, and President since 2015. A graduate of Pomona College and Hastings College of the Law, his law practice focuses on real estate and commercial law and litigation, and trust and estate litigation, including representing secured lenders in various matters. He has served as a leader of a number of community organizations, including as President of Opera Santa Barbara, Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Assessment Appeals Board, Secretary of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation, and President of CAPS of Santa Barbara. An avid bicycle rider and racer, he has raced in the US and Europe, and coaches junior cyclists.
Leonard has been a member since the mid 1980’s and currently serves as the Finance Committee Chair and Vice President of the University Club of Santa Barbara. He is an entrepreneur with international and national business experience and he directs numerous companies throughout the world. His extensive experience ranges from being a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses for over 40 years; a board member and director of American Riviera Bank; and participant in several philanthropic organizations. Leonard is also a member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and, in his leisure time, is the proud captain of the vessel “CarpeDiem.”
Pat is originally from South Carolina and graduated from Duke University with a degree in accounting. She is involved with several professional accounting organizations and is highly active in the community as a volunteer for non-profits. Just a few of the many organizations Pat is involved with include: AICPA, AWSCPA, SB Women Lawyers, Girls Inc., and SB Associates. She has held office in the AAUW, the United Church of Christ, the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting, the SB Women Lawyers Foundation and Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Some of her accomplishments include founding the local ASWA chapter and the Women’s CPA luncheon group, having taught fund accounting at UCSB for six years and the synchronization of stoplights on all one-way streets in Santa Barbara through an Energy Conservation Project in the late 70s.
Briana E. McCarthy was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She graduated from Bishop Diego High School, earned a Bachelor of Science from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and subsequently a Juris Doctor Degree from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2010. After practicing at a large litigation firm in the San Francisco Bay Area for four years, she returned to Santa Barbara in early 2015 to join the firm founded by her father in 1988, McCarthy & Kroes.
Immediate Past President
John J. Thyne III
John is the C.E.O. and co-owner of Goodwin & Thyne Properties,specializing in civil litigation, corporate law, estate planning, real estate and entertainment law.In 2014, John was recognized as Leadership Santa Barbara County’s Distinguished Leader of the Year. John is currently previous president of the University Club of Santa Barbara.He formerly served as president of the board of directors of Leadership Santa Barbara County from 2001-2004. Other leadership roles John has held in Santa Barbara include President of the University Club of Santa Barbara; Secretary of the Legacy Foundation of the Santa Barbara College of Law; President of the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation; Director on the Santa Barbara County Bar Association; Barrister in the William L. Gordon Inns of Court; member of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Grievance and Professional Standards Committees; President of the California Applicants Attorneys’ Association; President and Founding member of the Santa Barbara Catholic Singles Organization; board member of the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival and several other community service organizations.
Eleanor Van Cott
Dr. Joe Dobbs
A member since 1966, Dr. Dobbs is currently a member of the Board & serve on the House Committee (past chairman) & the Food & Beverage committee. This is his third different term on the Board and served as President in 1984 &1985.
It has been a priviledge to be part of the recent development of the Club in term of members & the improvements of the interior of the House & the outdoor grounds.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, and seventh generation Santa Barbaran; AB from UCSB and law degree (JD) from University of California, Berkeley. Former Deputy District Attorney and Juvenile Court Judge. Served on Board of Trustees of Santa Barbara College of law. Taught law courses at the law School and at Santa Barbara City College. Currently practice part-time with office at the University Club, and served as UClub President in 1986/1987.
Dr. Julie Heminway
Dr. Julie Hemingway graduated from San Marcos High School here in Santa Barbara in 1985 where she went on to attend California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and later the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery.
She has been a Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society/California Dental Association- Peer Review committee member for 16 years and Chairperson of the committee for 4 of those 16 years.
She was part of the Alpha Phi International Sorority -Gamma Beta Chapter House Corporation Board (UCSB) for 9 years and of those 4 of those years as Treasurer. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
She has been married to Richard McMullin for 15 years and they were both born and raised in Santa Barbara. They have one daughter Torri McMullin, who is 14 years old and a Golden Retriever, Buddy, who is 6 years old. They enjoy the beach, traveling when possible, and concerts at the bowl or music anywhere.
Justin Van Mullem
Linda Hedgepeth has been a University Club member since 2007. She is an avid supporter of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra as well as former president of the Santa Barbara Ballet, Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony League. She is currently a University Club House Board member and Activities Committee Chair.