Dr. Parsons is a native of Jackson County, WV and has lived in Morgantown for over fifty years.
She has served as facilitator for the formation of the MPO, was President of The United Way of Mon and Preston Counties, and was elected to serve on the Monongalia County Board of Education for 18 years, six as President. Dr. Parsons previously served ten years on the MUB board from 2000-2010.
Barbara taught business and management courses in the School of Business and Economics at WVU and the College of Commerce at Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University). She served as Vice President of Labor Relations at Fairmont General Hospital and retired after 20 years from Monongalia Health System.
Dr. Parsons served in various positions on the Board of Lutheran Senior Services, which provides a full continuum of senior care offered throughout Western Pennsylvania. She completed her tenure as President of the West Virginia School Boards Association in June, 2018.
As a consultant, Dr. Parsons provided services to organizations throughout West Virginia in human resources, small business management, and governance. She was appointed to fill an interim position on the MUB Board in January 2019.