Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Government from Shippensburg University and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from American Public University.
Prior to coming to PARTW, Barbara had over 20 years of experience in non-profit management for agencies in South Central Pennsylvania.
Barbara is a co-founder of the Franklin County 912 Patriots and a former board member of Citizens for Responsible Government.
Barbara accepted the position with PARTW because of a strong belief that all workers should be free to choose whether to join a union or not. In fact, Barbara’s husband Tim was a victim of compulsory unionism and forced to pay a fair share fee to a union in order to retain his job.
Barbara is committed to not only bringing workplace freedom to her husband but to all workers who are enslaved by compulsory unionism.
She lives in Chambersburg with her husband.
In addition to her position as Director of Legislation and Public Policy with PA Right to Work, Michele is also the News Director for News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg. She hosts a weekly political talk show which brings on guests in local, regional and state politics.
In the 5 years leading up to taking the position with PA Right to Work, Michele became increasingly involved in public policy research beginning with federal legislation in health care, getting rigorously involved with the grass roots efforts to push back against the Affordable Care Act. This lead to co-founding a local civics organization which worked on informing the public and generating action in grass roots activities. Michele’s particular areas of research included Health Care, the Common Core Education Initiative, Right to Work and Pension Reform.
Prior to these activities and occupations, Michele had taken several years to begin raising her family. She previously worked in Clinical Research specializing in Infectious Disease and HIV from 1998 to 2000 at the Vidant Medical Center associated with Brody School of Medicine in Greenville NC. Before pursuing a career in science and medicine she worked for three years for Westinghouse Corporation as a systems analyst from 1987 to 1990.
She obtained an M.D. (1998) from Jefferson Medical University in Philadelphia and a bachelor’s degree in both Biochemistry (1993) and earlier in Business Systems Analysis (1987), both from St. Vincent College in Latrobe PA.
Michele is a nearly lifelong resident of PA, having moved to southwestern PA as a young child. She grew up in Greensburg, worked near Pittsburgh and lived in Philadelphia while attending Medical School. After a brief 2 years in NC, she moved back to south central PA in 2000, presently living in Chambersburg with her two daughters.