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Barton Foundation names new executive director

The Barton Foundation has a new executive director.

Troy Matthews was appointed to the position, Barton announced last month. Matthews, who previously worked as development coordinator at Tahoe Youth & Family Services, will oversee fundraising efforts at the foundation to ensure ongoing support of the community's healthcare needs, according to a press release.

He also will focus on improving the overall health and wellbeing of the community through collaborative efforts with the Community Mental and Behavioral Health Cooperative and the Community Health Advisory Committee.

"We are excited to have Troy lead the Barton Foundation," Angela Moore, chair of the Barton Foundation Board of Trustees, said in a statement. "He has demonstrated a passion and commitment to improving the lives of those in our community and for inspiring others to do the same."

Matthews is heavily involved in the community and serves multiple organizations, including Tahoe Regional Young Professionals, the South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition, Progress for Tahoe, El Dorado County Housing Task Force, LTCC Theater Arts Task Force and Leadership Lake Tahoe. Matthews also serves on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District School Board.

"I am thrilled and humbled to accept the role of executive director of the Barton Foundation," Matthews said in a statement. "I look forward to sharing the vision and connecting people to the story of Barton Health. I believe in a life of service and look forward to contributing to the improvement of health and wellness in our community. This position gives me the opportunity to do just that."

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Matthews holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University and a master's degree in political science from George Washington University. Before coming to Lake Tahoe in 2014, Matthews taught and coordinated programs at various nonprofits and adolescent treatment centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Matthews and his wife, Rae, live in South Lake Tahoe with their dog Maddy. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, watching sports, cooking, and managing two food blogs with Rae. The two write the monthly Elevation Eats feature for the Tribune.

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