About Us

Board of Directors

Ned Emerson


The Mental Wellness Center is appreciative of the leadership of Board Chair Ned Emerson, who recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with the organization. Emerson shares, “I stay involved with the Mental Wellness Center because of our incredible community and the individuals and families we serve.”

Emerson brings over four decades of business and sales experience to the Mental Wellness Center’s Board of Directors. He served as a sales representative for JanSport college bookstore division and before that he was the co-owner of Shoreline Sportswear for more than 25 years.

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 who also leads the Mental Health Matters Education Committee for the organization.

Emerson earned his B.A. from UC 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.