Barbara Simmons

Chair, Mission Integration Committee

Barbara Simmons
Independent College Counselor/Mentor
The College Journey
ND Board Member Term: 
July 2017 – June 2020
Board Committee: Chair, Mission Integration


Barbara Simmons has served as a high school teacher, a college counselor in public and private secondary schools, a college admissions officer at private colleges on the East and West coasts, as well as at a public state university, and as an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management. A post-script to this long career in education has been Barbara’s continuing work as an independent college counselor/mentor for students for whom she can provide access to post-secondary education information not readily available at their schools or from their families.  Barbara also serves as a Stephen Ministry Leader for her parish, St. Jude the Apostle, and is an active member of educational organizations like the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and HECA, Higher Educational Counselors Association.  Her hobbies include writing poetry, and she has published poetry for many years in national journals and literary magazines.  Barbara is a Bostonian by birth, but a Californian since 1978.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College, with an MA from Johns Hopkins and an MA from Santa Clara University.  She is married to James Bathgate and together they enjoy traveling, theater, and the opportunities to visit their three sons in locations other than California, with Barbara’s sons living in Poland and Mexico and Jim’s son living in Boston.