Born in Buffalo, New York, Barbara, and her family have called themselves New Mexicans since 1983 when they moved to Albuquerque from Seattle Washington for her husband Rodney’s job at Sandia National Labs.
Barbara earned a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1974 and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico in 2003. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels for 12 years and then served for 7 years as a middle school assistant principal and principal before retiring in 2012.
She and her husband served as volunteer missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Africa Southeast Area from 2017-2019. They worked to expand the BYU-I Pathway Worldwide program to the people of South Africa and several surrounding countries. This program
offers a college education to people through-out the world at minimal cost and offers certificates, Associate’s degrees, and Bachelor’s degrees in multiple technical and vocational fields.
Anything related to education is Barbara’s passion and she is excited to be volunteering as a member of the NM Kidney Foundation Board to promote education about kidney health.