Nicknames: Louie, Kingdom
Hometown: Island Pond, VT
Currently resides: South Burlington, VT
Education: B.S. in Education, Keene State College; M.Ed. in Education Leadership, Johnson State College
Hobbies and interests: Enjoying the outdoors, reading, bike riding, kayaking in the quiet ponds or hidden lakes around Vermont and Adirondack mountains; snowshoeing or walking in the peaceful woods to hear nature at its best; alpine skiing on cruisers in the sunshine; experimenting in the kitchen; and fly fishing with her husband Doug.
Favorite rides: Any quiet roads in Vermont, as well as exploring new roads in the US while leading for Sojourn. Says Barb, “All rides are amazing when you can experience them one pedal stroke at a time with family, friends, and guests. No favorites as each ride creates a new set of fabulous memories.”
Current bikes: LeMond Zurich; Cannondale CAAD 10; Gary Fisher Piranha
Bio: Barb was born and raised in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and is proud to be a native who really loves her state. After college she worked in admissions for nearly ten years helping students with their college search, and coached basketball at high school and college levels. Barb finished out her professional career as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johnson State College after 20+ years before making a decision to retire early to enjoy the little things in life before it’s too late. Since retirement in 2011 she has had a variety of fun and interesting part time jobs to keep life interesting, ranging from driving a Zamboni to leading bike tours, which enables her to be around active and interesting people all while not having a daily routine.
What our guests say:
“Barb is the face of Sojourn. She is funny, helpful, athletic, energetic, competent, engaging and a general joy to be around. I’d pay money to just hang out with her. I can’t say enough good things about her.” –Dean; Lakeland, FL
“Barb was so much FUN! She was organized, encouraging, always positive. She was a friend from the moment I met her!” –Kay; York, PA
“Barb is an exceptional leader! She is so much fun to be around. She will bend over backwards to make you feel comfortable and help you get through a tough cycling day. She takes her job very seriously. She is all about safety – yah! I would go on any trip that she leads! –Katherine; Lakeland, FL