Barb was born in Muskegon and has lived there her entire life. She attended St. Francis de Sales Elementary School, is a 1970 graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central and a 1983 graduate of Baker College (Muskegon Business College).
Barb has worked for the Catholic schools and/or Catholic parishes for over 25 years. She has been parish secretary for St. Mary’s of Spring Lake since September of 2009. Barb is also active in several community organizations such as Family Promise of the Lakeshore; where she serves as board secretary, the Saturday Breakfast at First Congregational Church UCC and was a past board member of Muskegon Area Aids Resource Services (MAARS). She is active in her parish, Prince of Peace as a Lector, Family Promise Co-Coordinator, and member of Christian Outreach.
Barb lives in Fruitport Township and has 2 daughters; Kurney Witham and her children, Brandon, Nickolas and Natalie and Jamie Meyers and her daughter Jasmine.