Cynthia Manigault

Cynthia Manigault, a psychiatric nurse and 23-year resident of Santa Ynez Valley, has joined the Rona Barrett Foundation board of directors.

Santa Ynez Valley resident Cynthia Manigault has joined the board of trustees of the Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing and wellness services for the elderly poor.

Manigault has spent more than 40 years specializing in psychiatric nursing. Prior to her current position as nurse educator for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she held leadership roles at New York University and Colombia Presbyterian/Psychiatric Institute in New York City, as well as UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles.

In addition, she is the chief executive officer and owner of Manigault & Associates, LLC, a software development company with a focus on the healthcare industry.

A resident of Santa Ynez Valley since 1996, Manigault has also volunteered with the Los Olivos Elementary School PTA, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Site Council, Arts Outreach and People Helping People.

“With her extensive background in the medical field, Cynthia Manigault will be a valuable addition to our board,” said Rona Barrett, founder and CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation. “As our nonprofit continues to explore additional health-related services for low-income seniors, her insights and knowledge will be tremendous assets.”

Manigault indicated she has a personal interest in joining the foundation board.

“So many elderly women and men have touched my life over the years,” she said. “Whether a grandparent or dear friend, their experiences and valuable contributions have always been of interest to me.

“Personal bonds are the inspiration for my wanting to become directly involved with the Rona Barrett Foundation and its work on behalf of seniors in their time of need,” she continued.

“Like so many others, I’ve been impressed with the foundation’s efforts to develop and build the Golden Inn & Village, the affordable independent living campus for low-income seniors.”

Golden Inn & Village, a joint affordable housing development with the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County and the Rona Barrett Foundation, opened its doors to more than 65 senior residents in December 2016.

During the first two years, a number of wellness services, including a meal program, have been offered to residents at no cost.

In late 2017, the Golden Inn & Village was presented with two National Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

The awards recognized the many programs and services provided by the Rona Barrett Foundation.

This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, associate editor for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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