Barbara was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana, where she graduated from Elston High School in 1968. She moved to LaPorte in 1973 and worked with a local family owned business until it was sold in 1999. During that time she also attended classes at Purdue University, North Central Campus, Westville, Indiana.
She returned to the work force in 2007 when she joined the firm of Parkison & Hinton, Inc., P.C, initially as part-time, which has since evolved into full-time.
Barbara has two adult children, Allison and Justin.
She enjoys reading, gardening and traveling to sunny destinations.