Ann has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2013 and joined the Research Committee in 2014. She has lived in Santa Barbara since 1982, when she joined the faculty of the Teacher Education Program at UCSB where she taught for 35 years. In addition to her work throughout California, Ann has worked with teachers in Argentina, Chile, Perú, Uruguay, México and Micronesia. She was a Fulbright scholar in South America in 1988. She has also worked as an Academic Specialist under contract with the United States Information Agency. Ann received her BA degree in Comparative Literature and teaching credential from USC, her MA and PhD degrees in Education from UCSB. Prior to her work in teacher education, Ann taught in public schools, much of that time as a bilingual educator. For the past ten years, she has been actively involved in the Education Committee of the Mental Wellness Center where she is also immediate past board chair. In 2016, Ann was named a local hero by The Santa Barbara Independent for the work she has done to destigmatize mental illness.