Dr. Ann Lippincott has lived in Santa Barbara since 1982, when she joined the faculty of the Teacher Education Program at UCSB. She was a Fulbright professor in South America and has worked with teachers in Argentina, Chile, Perú, Uruguay, México and Micronesia. Prior to her work in teacher education, Ann taught ten years in public schools.
Since 2011, Ann has chaired the Education Committee for the Mental Wellness Center, the committee responsible for the developing and teaching the Mental Health Matters curricula. She also teaches the NAMI Family-to-Family courses as well as Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid. In 2016, Ann was named a local hero by The Santa Barbara Independent for her work in mental health education.
In addition to serving on the board of the Mental Wellness Center with her husband Ned Emerson, she is active with the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara and is on the board of Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara.