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Barbara Simmons

Diversity Committee; Mission Integration Committee

Barbara Simmons
Self-employed, Independent College Mentor/Advisor, The College Journey
ND Board Member Terms: 
July 2017 – June 2020
July 2020 – June 2023
Board Committee: Chair, Mission Integration

Graduated from Wellesley College (BA), Johns Hopkins University (MA) and Santa Clara University, (MA) in English Literature, The Writing Seminars, and Educational Administration and Counseling, respectively.  Worked in education as an English faculty member (The Northfield School (MA); Waltham High School (MA); Bellarmine College Prep (CA); Notre Dame High School (Summer School).  Worked in college admissions at Wellesley College, Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley.   Worked as Director of College Counseling at Notre Dame HS, and as a College Counselor at Bellarmine.  Volunteer experiences with Partners in Reading, with Live Oak Services, with various Home and School Clubs when my sons were in school, and with Saint Jude's (Cupertino, Episcopal Church) as Stephen Ministry Leader and Liturgy Team member.

Interests include writing (will be publishing a volume of my poetry this fall 2021), reading (in several book clubs with a vast array of genres covered), traveling (our sons live everywhere in the world - so Poland, Mexico, and Massachusetts are on our travel lists),  supporting the arts (theater, museums, concerts) as a patron, and supporting issues related to social justice, where I know that every voice needs to be raised to make the world fairer.