Barb has an entrepreneur spirit with a passion to connect individuals of all ages and abilities to make a positive impact in the community.
A 1983 graduate of Hillsdale College, Barb has a degree in Business and English Literature. She received her formal training as a National Sales Manager with Proctor & Gamble. She resigned from Proctor & Gamble after the birth of her first son in 1988. Until her children were of school age, she immersed herself in volunteer and community activities as a stay at home mom.
Barb has spent the last 17 years in the non-profit sector. Prior to serving as VP’s Executive Director, she worked 14 years on the staff of Bay Presbyterian Church as Human Resource Director and more recently Director of Community Connections. While on staff at Bay Pres., Barb continued her involvement in the community as a member of PTA, Junior Women’s Club, and Bay Rockets Booster Club. She chaired the fundraising efforts to bring turf and renovation to the Bay High School football field in 2008 by raising over $1 million dollars and earning The Bay High Spirit Award for outstanding contribution to Bay High School.
In September 2010, Barb founded The Village Food Project. During the second year of operation, Barb learned first hand how it felt to be a Village Project client when her husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with a watermelon sized cancerous tumor in his kidney. While no two cancer experiences are the same, Barb was even more equipped to understand and meet the needs of her clients. Jeff Harrell is two years cancer free and a great spokesman for Village Project.
Barb credits the success of her leadership to her Board of Directors, volunteers, family, friends, the community and most importantly Jesus Christ who called her to begin this project. God led Barb to found Village Project on the scripture, Romans 12.
In her spare time, Barb enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with her family: husband, Jeff, sons, Josh and Brian, and family dog and Village Project mascot, Ernie.