Barb is a graduate of the former St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Sioux City. She later earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Briar Cliff University. Barb also has a specialty certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She previously worked for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City in the Surgical and Urology unit. There, Barb cared for mastectomy patients postoperatively.
A life-long Siouxland resident, Barb grew up in Hornick, Iowa and still lives in the area with her husband, Dirk, with whom she has three sons, Andy, Tony and Tyler. She lives and loves the farm life and is a strong supporter of 4-H. She currently serves on the Woodbury County Extension Council as Secretary. She loves to garden and chase after her two granddaughters, ages 9 and 6.