Barb is Deputy Director at the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University. She now focuses on special projects, including overseeing the initiative to develop appropriate accountability measures for schools serving opportunity youth. For the past nine years, Barb was responsible for overseeing the operations and performance of all schools authorized by CMU. CMU currently authorizes 58 schools serving 28,000 students.
Prior to joining the Center, Barb was a teacher and later the director of instruction at a Detroit charter public school where she oversaw the development and delivery of instructional programs for a K-11 student population. During her tenure the school grew from 300 to 1100 students and earned the prestigious Golden Apple Award from the state of Michigan. She holds a juris doctorate from Wayne State University and a Master in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.