Three community leaders join Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors

Lee R. Ferrero of Los Osos, Dana Newquist of Montecito, and Sharon Bick of Ventura have joined the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, headquartered in Santa Barbara.

Ferrero retired in 2009 after many successful years as an executive, working for cities, nonprofits and colleges. His most recent work experience was as president and CEO of the Private Industry Council of San Luis Obispo County, as well as director of several training and employment programs. He has served on several boards including the SLO Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Medical Center, California Workforce Assoc., and United Way, among many others. He is a member of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He retired after receiving a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.

Newquist is a long-time business owner in the Santa Barbara area. He built and owns Mission Villa, a dementia care facility, in 2000. As well as being a successful businessman, he is an antique car collector, and he sits on several boards including Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Montecito Association, Montecito Fire Protection District, the Murphy Auto Museum and the Antique Automobile Club of America, among others.

Bick, a registered nurse, is CEO and owner of MediTech Health Services, Inc., and MediTech Home Health, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University and has worked in a variety of administrative, clinical and teaching positions before opening her own company in 1987. Sharon is dedicated to her community and has served on various boards, and she works with many service organizations, as well.

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The Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, serves Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties and is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 80 percent of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts. The Alzheimer’s Association envisions a world without Alzheimer’s and aims to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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