Barb graduated from Healy High School in Pierz, Minnesota in 1977. She attended and graduated from St. Cloud Business College as a Court Reporter in 1978. Her work career includes four years in Tampa, Florida, working for an insurance defense firm, two years in Winona, Minnesota, for a small general practice firm and as legal assistant to Gregory V. Smith since 1984 in the areas of real estate and probate.
Barb is married with two grown sons – both computer nerds. She is a past member and officer of Monticello Jaycees and acted as Gambling Manager for that organization until closure of its pull-tab operations. She was the treasurer of the Little Mountain PTO while her boys attended there. She has been active in Community Toys for Tots for over 10 years including acting as Local Area Coordinator through the Toys for Tots Foundation for five of those years.