Friendship Center has named Rachel Graef, MSW, Program Manager. At Friendship Center, Rachel will oversee all program activities, ensuring the safety and meaningful participation of all members. Rachel comes to Friendship Center with expertise working with adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, atypical dementias, serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and Huntington’s Disease.
Rachel earned her Master’s in Social Work at San Diego State University, and she is certified in Geriatric Mental Health. A Southern California native, Rachel earned her B.A. from UCSB in Communication with minors in Education and Applied Psychology. During her time at UCSB, As an undergraduate, Rachel began work as a Program Specialist at both Santa Barbara and Goleta Friendship Center sites. In graduate school, she interned with UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.