Originally from Minnesota, Barbara moved to Portland in 2009. She began attending Trinity in 2015, drawn initially by the glorious music she had heard about. The beauty and depth of the Sunday morning services, the wonderful sermons, and the outreach and social justice ministries kept her coming back. She has been involved with the Wednesday Community Lunch, both as a Listening Post volunteer and server. She has also been a Thanksgiving Dinner volunteer, and, since 2017, has chaired the Immigrant Welcoming Team.
Barbara graduated from St. Olaf College and had an earlier career as a social worker for various non-profit organizations. Completing a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, she later worked in organization and leadership development at Honeywell, U.S Bank and Medtronic. In a final career change, she worked for the American Refugee Committee in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and at the International Rescue Committee Headquarters in New York.
Barbara has been delighted to discover the many outdoor wonders of the Pacific Northwest! Reading a good book, going to the movies and the theater (when that was possible!), and taking jazz piano lessons are other favorite pastimes.