Barb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in music. She studied both piano and vocal performance, and sang in the Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) A Cappella Choir. She has taught piano in her private studio for nearly 20 years, and has performed both as an accompanist and vocalist. She has taught professionally in the elementary classroom, music classrooms and high school choir. She taught and developed a music appreciation program in the elementary schools, and is the founding director of Bravo Performances for Schools, a program specializing in introducing children to the performing arts. As a music specialist in her church, she has conducted regional children, youth, and adult choirs that have performed in church and community settings. She has written and produced two productions that included vocal, theatrical, dance, multi-media and instrumental performers. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA). She and her husband, Patrick, reside in Maplewood and find great joy in their six children, all of whom are musicians.