Barbara graduated from the advanced graduate program in paralegal studies at Elms College, Chicopee, Massachusetts. She completed two legal internships as a student. The first was in the Office of the First Justice for the Hampden County Probate and Family Court, supporting the attorneys who administered dockets for four justices. While there, she compiled a training manual and conducted in-person orientations for future student interns. The second internship was at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she drafted case summaries and analyses, interviewed potential complainants, and drafted findings for compliance officers and attorneys. On campus, she was a legal studies tutor in the college’s Academic Resource Center and a member of the Elms College Law Society.
Upon graduation, she was inducted into Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national honor society of the American Association for Paralegal Education. She is also a member of the Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association. Barbara holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, and enrolled in New York University’s master’s program in business administration and accounting. Prior to becoming a paralegal, Barbara spent 25-plus years as a non-profit executive.