Episode 21: Today we are speaking with Leigh Cashman, Vice-Chair of the Central Coast Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association Board to discuss her advocacy work and how anyone can make a difference.
Leigh has been on the Board of the Central Coast Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association for 5 yrs. She serves as the Ambassador to her Congress Member in the 24th District, Central California Chapter, and State Champion for her Assembly member in the 37th District of the Central Coast. She travels to Washington D.C. and Sacramento advocating for research funding, education and awareness, care and support issues. She is on the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative Committee and a proud member of AIM (Alzheimer’s Impact Movement). Leigh has been an elite Champion for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in her community. Last year Leigh, along with her advocacy team, went to Sacramento to accept the award for NonProfit of the year in advocacy with the State of California for the Central Coast Chapter.
Leigh was born and raised on the East Coast and moved to Southern California in high school and then got her BA at San Diego State University. She has lived in Santa Barbara and been married to her husband Paul for 38 yrs., Leigh has two daughters, Katie and Molly, and feels blessed to have two awesome son in-laws and a granddaughter, Carleigh. They actually have two more grandchildren on the way this fall!
Leigh and Paul have had a State Farm Insurance agency in Santa Barbara for 38 yrs. and just opened another office in Montecito a year ago.
Leigh has also been very active in the community with several other nonprofits - Assistance League of Santa Barbara, South Coast Business Network, Past Board member of the Santa Barbara Zoo, Past Board member of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, and currently on the Education Committee, Advisory Board for the Alpha Resource Center and Vice-Chair of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club women’s group.
Leigh loves to travel and hike whenever and wherever she can.