Leonie Mattison Joins CommUnify Team

Leonie Mattison Joins CommUnify Team
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Source: CommUnify

The Board of Directors of CommUnify (www.CommUnifySB.org), a Community Action Agency, is pleased to announce Dr. Leonie H. Mattison, Ed.D., MBA, has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer with CommUnify, effective Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

Ms. Mattison has 15 years of experience in nonprofit, government, and corporate environments, coupled with a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University and an MBA from Georgian Court University. She has served as Division Chief, Organization & Talent Development for the County of Santa Barbara since 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Mattison was Director of Research Operations and Major Grants for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara, and Senior Grants Administrator/Head of Government Training & Development for New York City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Ms. Mattison has also completed certification in “Black Belt & Green Process Improvement” (2019) and was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as a leader of “40 under 40” in the category of Clinical Research, Higher Education and Public Service.

“We are thrilled that Leonie will be joining our team at CommUnify,” said Patricia Keelean, Chief Executive Officer. “Her depth of experience working in the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors make her uniquely qualified for this leadership position, and her creativity and enthusiasm are a perfect fit for our organization as we continue to serve our community.”

As an accomplished international speaker, advocate, and self-published author of The Thread Collection, Ms. Mattison helps female trauma survivors achieve intentional transformation. She has donated more than 100 copies of her books to Santa Barbara County jail, healing programs nationwide, and survivors living in low-income communities.

“I am excited and honored to join an organization that is so well respected and beneficial across Santa Barbara County. The services CommUnify provides and the issues being worked on are so critical to transforming thousands of lives,” said Ms. Mattison. “As I move into this role as Chief Operating Officer, I look forward to working alongside our CEO and the rest of our passionate team to help bolster the strategic plan that will enable us to meet the new and existing needs of our County residents, including improving their economic security and self-sufficiency. Our organization’s future is bright!”

Dr. Leonie H. Mattison serves the Santa Barbara community as an adjunct graduate professor at Antioch University, an instructor with Santa Barbara City College-School of Extended Learning, and an undergraduate mentor at Westmont College. Dr. Leonie resides in Santa Barbara County with her three daughters and their rescue dog.

For more information about CommUnify’s new COO Leonie Mattison or to request high resolution images or arrange an interview, please contact Joni Kelly at CommUnify at 805-964-8857 ext. #1109 or via email [email protected]

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