After moving to Arizona, Barbara worked as a teacher in Early Childhood Special Educations from 1991 to 2003. In 2003, until her retirement in 2012, she was employed as an Educational Program Specialist in Exceptional Student Services at the Arizona Department of Educations. Her responsibilities included monitoring special education programs to determine compliance with state and federal regulations as well as statewide teacher trainings.
Barbara is a member of St. Mary's Food Bank's Volunteer Posse. She also volunteers weekly at Homeward Bound, a non-profit serving the needs of families going through homelessness.
Barbara lives in Phoenix, thoroughly enjoying her retirement lifestyle and frequent trips to spend time with her daughter and son-in-law in North Carolina.