Barbara Lanz-Mateo has joined the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, as its new communications manager. She will be responsible to help ensure that people throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Kern counties are informed about its programs and services through the chapter Web site, press releases, and other marketing efforts.

Lanz-Mateo, a longtime Santa Barbara-area writer and editor, joined the nonprofit organization June 23. Before being hired by the Alzheimer’s Association, she was the editor of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal. Previous to that, she published Coastal Woman magazine, which she shuttered in 2008 due to the faltering economy.

“Like many people, I have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease, so this work has real meaning for me,” Lanz-Mateo said. “This organization is committed to Alzheimer’s research, advocacy, education, and caregivers. It is important work and am proud to be a part of it.”

“We are delighted to have Barbara on our staff,” Wright said. “With her talents we will be able to make even more people aware of the reliable information, supportive programs, and free services we offer for the more than 25,000 families and their caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease throughout the Central Coast.”

More information may be found at the Association website.

This year, The Alzheimer’s Association was recognized as number 11 in the top 50 nonprofits to work for. The NonProfit Times, in collaboration with Best Companies Group, conducted a national survey and recognition program dedicated to finding and recognizing the best employers in the nonprofit industry. Nonprofit organizations from across the country were involved in this employee assessment process to determine which nonprofits are ranked highest by their employees.


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