Barbara Virden
Barbara Virden

Barbara is administrative Assistant to a dozen creative, deadline driven, focused, detail-oriented people.

Enough said.

How did your first job impact you?
My first job, teaching the children of migrant farm workers in southern Minnesota, gave this small-town Iowa girl a firsthand look at the day-to-day struggles faced by these families. At the same time I was struck by their generosity as they frequently invited the teaching staff into their camps for authentic, home-cooked Mexican meals.

What was the first career you thought you would go into as a child?
I was convinced I should be a neurosurgeon until I found out how much math and science was involved!

What feature of your childhood home do you remember best or most fondly?
Our old home in Cedar Falls had a laundry chute in my parents’ bedroom. My siblings and I had hours of fun sending our stuffed animals down the chute and into the basement laundry basket. Many years later we bought a house in Virginia with a laundry chute and I watched my own two children send every Beanie Baby they owned sailing down to the Laundry Room.

Have you ever won anything?
Way back in the dark ages (1986) I won a Sony Watchman in a raffle. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, with its tiny black and white TV monitor and AM/FM radio. It actually lasted over 20 years!

After many years of raising large breed dogs (Boxers and German Shorthaired Pointers) from puppyhood, I took a chance on a small terrier mix from Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Baxter, now 5, joined the family in 2012 and he was a perfect fit! I have since become a volunteer for ARL’s annual Santa and Paws fundraiser.