Member Profile: Timothy Lydgate, Mountain Mediator

Member Profile: Timothy Lydgate, Mountain Mediator

Hi Timothy. How did you get into being a mediator and why?

I’ve always been a good listener; it’s just natural to me.

I first trained back in the 1980s in Seattle as part of a Juvenile Diversion program, an early Restorative Justice model. (Note: Restorative Justice brings together people impacted by a crime — victim, community, perpetrator, mediator — to look at impacts and develop restorative consequences.) Before that, I’d lived in Hawaii and was introduced to a similar Hawaiian model, Ho’oponopono, or “drawing out the righteousness,” which made quite an impact on my young self. At this point in my life, this is the work I want to do.

I’ve worked and lived all over the world. I spent my senior year of high school in France, drove from London to Nairobi in 1969 and missed Woodstock because I was crossing the Sahara. I lived and worked in India and Nepal. I was going to be a photojournalist, interned at National Geographic. But (laughing) I didn’t have the ego for it.

I was a volunteer at the Conflict Resolution Center in Santa Cruz when I first trained in divorce mediation. This was 2010 or so. I loved it and have sat with nearly a hundred couples since, learned what to do and what not to do. I’ve trained people in community and divorce mediation locally and at Monterey College of Law and am now in my 2nd term on the board of the National Association for Community Mediation.

What brought you to Felton’s Satellite Workplace?

I live close by in Forest Lakes. It’s amazing here. I’ve been in Santa Cruz for 30 years and finally found a house in Felton, just before Covid. I try to keep costs down for divorcing couples, and the Satellite helps me do that — it’s a quality space with an easy to use scheduling interface and 24/7 access.

And in your spare time?

I’m a woodworker who makes heirloom accessories using figured hardwoods. I’m also a musician, playing guitar, with my wife who’s a singer. We’re both very happy to be part of the mountain community!

Featured Member: Dr. Nathalie A. Cabrol, PhD

Featured Member: Dr. Nathalie A. Cabrol, PhD

My name is Nathalie A. Cabrol. I am an astrobiologist and the Chief Scientist of the SETI Institute and share my time between those two complementary occupations. SETI stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. I have a dual background in Earth and Planetary Sciences. I defended my master’s and my PhD thesis in France, at the Sorbonne University and moved to the US in November 1994 to work as a postdoc at NASA Ames Research Center. I became a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at NASA Ames in 1996 and started as a scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View in September 1998, while continuing my collaboration with NASA Ames. I became a US citizen in September 2006.

As a scientist, I am searching for life beyond Earth. I was the spokesperson for the selection of Gusev crater as the landing site for the NASA Spirit rover in 2004 and a member of the Mars Exploration Rover mission science team who directed science operations for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity between 2004 and 2018. My research focuses on understanding habitability and life in the solar system and beyond. To support the Mars rover missions, I lead multidisciplinary projects including technology demonstrations (rover tests) and deployment of high altitude scientific expeditions in what we call terrestrial analogs in extreme environments, where conditions are very similar to early Mars and early Earth. There, we learn what types of habitats and primitive life could have developed on early Mars and how to search for them on the red planet. I particularly focus on lake environments, which leads me to dive in lakes at very high altitude at the summit of volcanoes in the Andes of Chile and Bolivia, between 14,300 ft and 20,000 ft, and also to explore the Atacama desert and the altiplano.
As the Chief Scientist of the SETI Institute, I am the Director of the Carl Sagan Center (CSC), the institute’s research wing. The mission of the institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe, and to apply the knowledge gained to inspire and guide present and future generations. We have a passion for discovery, and for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and the government. Education and outreach are paramount to everything we do. The institute also prides itself in its Artist in Residence (AIR) program, an international leader in the movement of integrating art and science.

My role as the CSC Director is to design and implement the Strategic Vision for the search for life beyond Earth at the Institute. I was appointed in August 2015 and have been privileged to lead a group of over 100 scientists since. Our research is mostly grant-funded and addresses questions concerning the existence, evolution, and prevalence of life in the universe in three core divisions: From the Big Bang to the formation of stars; from planets to habitability; and from life to complexity. We explore these three broad areas within six research domains: astronomy/astrophysics, astrobiology, climate and environment, exoplanets, planetary exploration, and SETI. Our researchers are involved in many of today’s planetary and space missions in the US and internationally, lead exploration in many of Earth’s extreme environments (e.g., polar regions, extreme altitude, deserts); we contribute to Mars and outer solar system missions, the discovery of exoplanets, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, while at the same time trying to understand how other intelligent species (e.g., dolphins, whales) communicate on our own planet. One of my main priorities as part of this vision iis also to make use of the technologies and methods we develop for planetary and space exploration to help the monitoring and forecasting of climate change on Earth.

The SETI Institute is currently moving its headquarters in Mountain View. Although it will be located only about 100 yards away from the previous one in Bernardo Avenue, we have to wait until our new building is ready to welcome us before we can move in, which is what brought me, and SETI Institute President and CEO Bill Diamond here to Satellite Workplaces in Los Gatos. While Bill is local, I do not mind driving every day from Mountain View (it helps that it is counter traffic too…). I enjoy the view of the hills, especially right now with the blooming trees, and find Los Gatos a very pretty town that I have discovered these past weeks. The environment at the office is very friendly and really makes us feel at “home away from home”. While we are waiting to move into our new HQ, I use my office here to prepare new exploration and expedition projects in extreme environments, publish papers, and also work on a book.

If you are interested to learn more about the SETI Institute, you can visit: and

The Institute also has a Twitter account and many of our SETI Talks and over education and outreach events can be found on YouTube. If you want to share the passion of exploration and discovery, you can also join me on Planetary Landscapes on Facebook at:


Dr. Nathalie A. Cabrol, PhD

Featured Member: Ginny Estupinian

Featured Member: Ginny Estupinian

Ginny Estupinian is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma. For over a decade, she worked as a psychologist and neuropsychological assessor at Santa Clara Valley Medical center.

Tell me about your business?

The office of Ginny Estupinian Ph.D. is a full-service psychology center providing individual therapy, neurofeedback, virtual reality therapy, and both neuropsychological and psychological assessments. I work with individuals as young as 16 years of age and all the way up to seniors. My office also provides a full range of geriatric psychological services and support for these caregivers.

How did you initially get started in your industry? What drew you to this industry?

I was drawn to this work by witnessing firsthand the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in a distant family member. I wanted to understand not only how trauma changes the brain, but also what could be done to treat this condition. My doctoral training allowed me to train not only at the county hospital but also at the Veterans Administration and the center for survivors of torture. The combination of a strong academic education coupled with the practical experience gained from these training centers has given me the tools to work with my clients today.

What brought you to Satellite Workplaces?

I needed the flexibility to expand my office as it has continued to grow. Having access to a professional setting, private office, and group meeting room has been invaluable.

What’s your favorite thing about Satellite Workplaces?

My favorite thing about Satellite Workplaces has to be the wonderful staff who always make me feel welcome and are willing to help in any way possible. This is such a lost art today. Since the very first time I walked into the center, I have always been received with kindness and made to feel right at home.

How do you balance work and personal time?

This is always a challenge especially as I am in the growth phase of my business. Nonetheless, it is imperative that I find the time to disconnect and rejuvenate. I really enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors whether it is at the beach or in the woods hiking.

More detailed information about all the various services that Ginny Estupinian offers can be found at


Ginny Estupinian, Ph.D. Satellite Workplaces Member

Featured Member: Michael Leimbach, LMFT

Featured Member: Michael Leimbach, LMFT

Michael Leimbach is a licensed marriage and family therapist working in the Santa Cruz area. He has a variety of clients. He thrives helping them work through life and mental health challenges.

How did you initially get started in marriage and family counseling? What drew you to this industry?

Two things happened. One, I was finishing my undergrad in Art History at Santa Clara University. And second, I came across a friend who worked in this field. They looked at me and said, “I think you should go into this.”

After I thought about that — with my disability and who I was as a person — it just ultimately felt right. I wasn’t going to be a lifeguard.

Who or what is your biggest influence?

That’s a tough one. Anybody I’ve come across that demonstrates compassion, courtesy, and tolerance. Those people inspire me to be better as an individual and to provide the best mental health support I can for others.

What brought you to Satellite Workplaces?

I needed an office space that was both private for the work I do and wheelchair-accessible. The great thing about Satellite is that I can reserve on an as-needed basis. I really appreciate how awesome and helpful the staff has been.

What’s your favorite thing about Satellite Workplaces?

Can I list more than one? The people, the flexibility of renting space by the hour, and the space itself is nicely put together for what you’re offering. It’s got good feng-shui.

What would you suggest to improve our coworking community?

Let me think for a second. I know it sounds like I’m a cheerleader for you guys, but I can’t really think of anything. Having someone there at the office, putting name tags on the door, having drinks and snacks, I can’t think of anything more I could ask from you.

How do you balance work and personal time?

Sometimes not very well hahah, but in this field we are taught to really pay attention and be mindful of your own needs for yourself, so you can show up fully for others. This is highlighted in graduate programs and internships. The institutions and schools prioritize it.

Can you tell me about any pets you have?

Yes! I have one little 17 year old one-eyed deaf shih tzu dog, with a bad heart, that has seen me and my family through a pandemic. He has been such a fun and amazing little creature of energy for us. He came along at the right time. He came to us as Chewy, because he looks like Chewbacca from Star Wars, but he’s now Smishy.

Do you anticipate staying in this area for a long time?

Yes. Most likely. Unless the perfect opportunity presents itself in Maui, I’ll be staying here.

What’s your website?

You can find me at Check it out and tell me what you think!


Michael Leimbach, LMFT
Satellite Workplaces Member

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

We’ve been looking forward to writing this “Welcome Back” message for over a year and finally, the time is right.

California is opening, masks can come off, social distancing is a thing of the past, and business in person can resume… if you’ve had your vaccinations and waited the requisite two weeks. If you’re not vaccinated, per state mandate, please still wear your mask and social distance at Satellite Workplaces.

The safety and cleanliness procedures that we implemented at the Satellites paid off — we did not have a single case of Covid at our centers! We will keep many of the safety procedures in place until further notice. We will continue using Hospital Grade MERV13 filters in our A/C systems and will retain the HEPA air filtration units, scattered around our centers. We will keep the NanoSeptic skins affixed to “high-touch” surfaces to kill viruses and bacteria on contact ( All this will help to enhance the cleanliness of our work environments and help to protect your health.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to those of you that retained your memberships throughout the pandemic and allowed us to stay in operation. Over the next couple of months, we’re expecting Satellite Workplaces to become more robust than ever. Employers have seen that their knowledge workers can do their work remotely and effectively — and we can provide professional work environments close to where they live. The net effect reduces traffic, commuting costs, carbon footprint and enhances quality of life.

So, to all of you who are returning members, all those who will be trying us out for the first time, and all those who have stayed with us, welcome! We’re ready to provide space, security, comfort, and, as always, a great community!!


Featured Member: Emily Cohan, Iris & Lily Wedding Video

Featured Member: Emily Cohan, Iris & Lily Wedding Video

Emily Cohan has over fifteen years of video, animation, graphic design, and web design experience, both in agencies and as a freelancer. Emily brings a unique set of creative vision, listening skills and masterful execution to the table. Clients and teams enjoy working with her bright and charming personality, and depend on her to create amazing video projects with lasting impact.

Can you tell us about your business?

I founded Iris & Lily Wedding Video ( in June 2016 in Santa Cruz, CA. We film high-quality 4K documentary style weddings, with multiple high-end cameras, microphones and drones. We have had the pleasure of winning four industry awards, including Best of The Knot and Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Awards for 2018 and 2021. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with and producing stunning wedding videos for our clients. We film anywhere between Paso Robles to Napa, and have gotten to see so many amazing venues in the area. It really is a wonderful business to be in.

Emily Cohan, Iris & Lily Wedding Video

What brought you to Greenhouse Coworking?

I actually had side projects last year in East Bay, along with weddings in the Monterey area, so Gilroy seemed like the most convenient place in between everything I was working on. Greenhouse Coworking in Gilroy is such a beautiful and welcoming space, and I was already familiar with coworking spaces in Santa Cruz like Satellite, Cruzio and NextSpace, so that made it easy for me to join. I currently split my time between Gilroy and Monterey.

What’s your favorite thing about Greenhouse Coworking?

The internet is probably my favorite thing about this space. Each of my weddings typically take up 2TB of space, and we back them all up on the cloud. Luckily with the fast internet at Satellite Gilroy, that doesn’t take too long.

Who or what is your biggest Influence?

When I was in high school, my favorite movie was Erin Brockovich, and that actually inspired me to study Public Health at Johns Hopkins. I would say that all of my project and career choices are deeply influenced by the topic of Public Health, whether people are able to see that direct connection or not. I tend to think a great deal outside the box.

What time of day works best for you?

I would say 10am is my prime time for productivity. I’m at my happiest if I can get some solid distraction-free work done mid-morning.

How do you balance work and personal time?

I think the best way to balance is to actually bring in work-day structure, because then as a business-owner you can know this is the time for work, and then after that is the time for rest or play. I think Covid/SiP made it hard for people to get that balance in, because the days just blended together. It’s important for me to make sure to do creative projects beyond the ones I do for work. I see my parents about once a week, and make sure to go dancing with friends and talk to friends on the phone.

Do you find it easy to make friends or Networking Connections here?

Sure. I especially have enjoyed talking to Victor about the video process and film industry culture. I have also enjoyed hearing about Julian’s high-end petting zoo with rescue goats and other animals in Morgan Hill.

Iris & Lily Wedding Video is offering Satellite members 20% off video packages, and double the flipbook bonus ($50-$200 value). Contact Iris & Lily Wedding Video and mention Satellite!