Barbara has dedicated her career to improving opportunities for young adults and individuals with disabilities. She is a results-driven leader with extensive development experience as both the founder and Executive Director of a youth development agency, MY TURN, Inc. as well as the Vice President of Development at BAMSI, a Massachusetts human service agency. Barbara has a proven ability to develop cross-functional team leadership driving performance, program improvement and quality initiatives while leading an organization to grow to scale.
Barbara is a nationally recognized non-profit leader in the youth development field having developed innovative, successful programs serving young adults. Barbara is a strategic relationship builder and collaborator who has built strong partnerships across various sectors. Barbara has helped to develop, mentor and facilitate dynamic, non-profit leaders.
Barbara possesses deep experience and success in leveraging resources from public and private sources. She has diversified and expanded revenue streams including securing national funding from prestigious, data-driven foundations. Barbara has also been successful at building a network of private support from compassionate individual donors and values-driven corporations. Barbara’s fundraising success has expanded opportunities for young adults as they transition from education to careers as well as enable more individuals with disabilities to receive quality program services
Barbara holds a Master’s in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership and Management. Barbara has provided executive coaching, program design, best practice grant-writing and fundraising strategies to organizations and leaders across the country in partnership with the US Department of Labor. Barbara received the Executive Director of the Year from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, the Community Cornerstone Award from Women in Development as well as the Athena Award from the Metro South Chamber of Commerce.
Barbara is most proud of her efforts in raising four wonderful adults working to balance family and career. In her free time, Barbara enjoys sitting with family at the beautiful beaches in Rhode Island.