Barbara is a 45 year resident of Ventura. She retired from the County of Ventura Human Services Agency after 34 years. She has served as Director of the County Human Services Agency, managing a budget of $165 million and 1,100 employees. She successfully worked with Sacramento and Washington D.C., increasing funding for Ventura County programs and creating many programs that benefit children and families in our community. Barbara has been recognized by many organizations throughout Ventura County as a strong leader, true innovator and a person who has made a difference in the lives of children.
B.J. has served on the Board of Education since 2003. She values and respects the opinions of students, parents and teachers and will listen to concerns. Barbara believes strongly in equality and access to needed services to prepare all of youth for their tomorrows.
B.J. grew up in Madison, Connecticut. She was surrounded by artists in the community and the adjoining towns. Her love of the arts was cultivated by her art teacher, Barbara Dahlene of Madison, Connecticut. She was also fortunate to have an accomplished artist as her mother, Rita Beecher-Powell.
Community Involvement (past and present): T.E.A.Ch., founder and board member; With Love, Grandma, board member; Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, president; County Welfare Directors of California, board member and past executive committee member; Child Welfare League of America, member; The Ventura Breakers youth basketball, founder and former president; The Ventura County Children and Family First Commission, commissioner; Ventura County Children's Oversight Committee, chairperson; Ventura County Workforce Investment, board member; Ventura County Youth Council, chair; CASA Pacifica, board member; Ventura Downtown Rotary; Ventura Unified School District, trustee; Federal Katie A Panel, member; Ventura Neighborhood for Learning, chair; Ventura Music Festival, board member