Mental Wellness Center Welcomes Two New Board Members

SANTA BARBARA, January 23, 2017 — The Mental Wellness Center is proud to announce the appointments of Ned Emerson and Vickie Gonzales to its Board of Directors.


Ned Emerson brings over four decades of business and sales experience to the Mental Wellness Center’s board. He served as a sales representative for JanSport college bookstore division. Prior to that, he served as the co-owner of Shoreline Sportswear for more than 25 years, a result of a small business started while he was in college.

Emerson’s family connection to mental illness inspired his involvement with the Mental Wellness Center. A longtime volunteer with the organization, he was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for his work with the Fellowship Club at the Recovery Learning Center. His wife, Ann Lippincott, is also a board member and longtime supporter of the organization.

Emerson earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his work with the Mental Wellness Center, he serves on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy and is a docent at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, part of the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County.

Vicki GVickie Gonzales is a licensed marriage and family therapist. As a coach, she prides herself on working collaboratively with clients, helping them to reach their full potential and guiding them toward achieving their goals.

A Santa Barbara native, Gonzales is devoted to providing a quality coaching profession. She brings a unique perspective and ability to find creative solutions to everyday challenges to the Mental Wellness Center’s Board of Directors.

For more information about the Mental Wellness Center, please call (805) 884-8440 or visit

About the Mental Wellness Center

The Mental Wellness Center is a private, non-profit organization that recognizes that mental illness is a community matter that affects us all. The Mental Wellness Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness, through support, education, and direct services. 

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