Barbara was born in Electra, Texas in 1954. She lived with her father and mother until the age of five when her mother was forced to flee to safety with her and her four younger siblings.
She graduated in 1972 with six other seniors from a small rural Texas school, Benjamin High School, located in Benjamin, Texas. She attended Vernon Regional Junior College in Vernon, Texas and then married the love of her life in 1973. She raised three sons as she worked to complete her Bachelor of Science degree at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated in 1986 with a B.S. Degree.
After graduating from college, Barbara worked for the Department of Defense for ten years as a civilian serving our nation’s military beginning at Ft. Richardson, Alaska as a law librarian for the Staff Judge Advocates Office. She then followed her husband to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and worked as a biological technician at the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD). While working at MRICD, she was selected and given the honor of attending the U.S. Army Safety Center’s Occupational Safety and Health Internship Program. Upon completion the four months classroom training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, she completed the remaining twenty months at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas pending her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army. Following completion of the internship, she accepted a safety management position at Ft. Hood, Texas, and traveled between home and job for a two year period.
Barbara began to broaden her horizons with the purchase of a small motel in Blanco County, Texas. She and her family owned and operated it for approximately six years with the intention of rebuilding it from the ground up to include renaming it. While serving on the local city council as a councilman, Barbara began to see the future of the city limited by locals that resented outsiders such as herself despite the fact that her family owned the property. After careful consideration of the facts and September 11, 2001, Barbara made the difficult decision to sell the property.
While operating the motel, she then worked as a real estate agent selling residential property in and around San Antonio, Texas area. Following the sale of the motel, she delved into commercial real estate sales and then made the decision to travel to Iraq and work for Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) as a Health Safety and Environmental Coordinator. It was in this unique male dominated environment that she began to look more deeply into specific points of interest from previous training that she had received at Austin Peay State University, U.S. Army Safety Center, and leadership courses while working for the Department of Defense.
Following the fourteen month stint in Iraq, she began to conduct more specific research at the New Braunfels, Texas and Schertz, Texas Public libraries with the help of librarians. She ordered many books through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) and journal articles. As her research progressed, she began to see that her previous hypothesis were correct. This book is the culmination of her training, travel, research, studies, and interactions with people. She hopes that this book will change many lives for the better.
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