Barbara comes to W&M Libraries with both a library and a W&M background. She earned her bachelor's degree in English at Christopher Newport University before working as the assistant to the director of the Hampton Public Library for many years. After a brief stint working for the director of the Hampton Arts Commission and the Hampton History Museum, she moved to Williamsburg and began working as the office manager for the Mathematics Department at W&M. That position led to three years as office manager of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. She could not let the opportunity pass to return to her first love, libraries, when she attained the position of assistant to the Dean of University Libraries. Barbara was born in West Virginia but due to her father's career, the family moved all over the east coast during her school years. She settled in Virginia upon graduating from high school many years ago and considers herself an almost-native Virginian. She is a certified Master Naturalist, volunteers many hours with the Virginia Living Museum, and if she had the time, money, and space, would raise and train Search and Rescue German Shepherds. Instead, she has one rescued hound/labrador mix, and is constantly on the lookout for another German Shepherd who needs a good home.