Program Success Mother's Day 2015 - Page 9

B arb is an Independent Real Estate Sales Consultant working with Total Realty Corp. She has also amassed an outstanding record of community service. Barb has a team of professionals ready to promptly respond to customer real estate needs throughout Central Florida, specializing in Volusia and Seminole county markets. In October 2014, Barb was recognized by the Daytona News Journal Business Report as being one of the Volusia/Flager Influential Women in Business. Her passion for real estate was ignited in 2001 while working with a small boutique realty company, focused on luxury homes in the prestigious area of Chestnut Hill. She obtained her real estate license in order to help others fulfill the vision for their dream home. Barb’s team provides caring, responsive, and quality total real estate services (residential, property management, income and commercial) for sellers, buyers, and investors both locally and internationally. Bringing Homes, Dreams and Community Together Through Homeownership! Barb is originally from Long Island, New York, and relocated to her father’s childhood hometown of DeLand, Florida in 1984 drawn by the warm climate comforts and a thirst for new opportunities. Here she completed her bach elor degree, and now holds a Master Degree in Business and Healthcare Administration. Barb spent more than 20 years in management and administration within several Health Care systems which sharp ened her skills, and drove her ability to focus on the needs of cus tomers and initiating ways to improve the quality of service provided. Her personal drive for professional success is equally matched by a heart for her community she demonstrates by facilitating opportu nities and services to advance the quality of life of others. To promote health care for the indigent and under-served Barb was elected Com missioner and serves as Vice-Chair for the West Volusia Hospital Author ity, a 5 member board responsible for a 15 million dollar budget. Barb is a member of DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of DeLand, and serves on the City of Deland Economic Committee, and other community boards. In 2014, she was presented with the Recognition of Achievement for Civic Leadership by the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce. Barb is a member of Faith Life International Church in Orange City, FL pastored by Ron and Gina Holmes. Barb’s vision includes a small business service center as a community initiative to target enhancement, empowerment and the development of economic strategies that will both create and promote local small businesses. Barb as the economic development chair for the Faith-based Greater Union Life Center, 501(c) 3 and the West Volusia NAACP Branch organized a well-touted Minority Business Expo in May 2014. This year Barb will again coordinate an Expo, however it will be part of the Deland Area Chamber of Commerce MacDeLand Multi-cultural “JamFest” events to be held in June 2015. Sponsors, businesses, and participants throughout Central Florida will be sought and welcomed to be a part of this 2nd annual event held in award winning Historic Downtown Deland. Barb is passionate about helping the under-served and under-resourced. “I see a lot of unmet needs,” she said. “I find there are many people who are suffering from lack of information and access. I will just continue trying to plant good seed, firm in the belief that eventually things will grow. We’ll start with a few seeds and end up with a garden of opportunity.” PROGRAM SUCCESS MAGAZINE PAGE: 9| MOTHERS DAY 2015