Barbara has been significantly involved in several community organization boards. In 2014, the Salvation Army of Wake County named its new women’s shelter after Barbara, one of its most dedicated, tireless champions. She was named to its Advisory Board in 1981 and served as the first and only female board Chairman from 1985-1987. In the early nineties, Barbara started and led the Christmas Committee which currently involves more than 2,000 volunteers and provides over 1,200 families with new toys, clothing, and food during the holiday season.
As Vice Chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, she was committed to starting a successful substance abuse treatment center for homeless men and women in Raleigh. Opening its doors in 2001, the facilities have provided more than one million beds of shelter and days of recovery to homeless men and women. She served on the Wake County Human Services board from 1996-2005, serving as Chairman for three of those years, and helped start the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University in 2004.
Barbara currently serves as President and Board Member of The Fletcher Academy and has previously served on the Meredith College Board of Trustees, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board, University of North Carolina School of Social Work Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Board of Trustees, and the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, amongst many others.