Barb began working at WGVU TV in 1987 as a production assistant. She enjoyed an unparalleled, “hands on” opportunity of working in all areas of television broadcasting, and relates that “WGVU personnel have been like family on a lot of occasions.”
Barb comments, “WGVU is a dynamic, ever-changing, learning facility, which is one reason I like working here. I enjoy watching students, starting just as I did, climb their experiential ladders in broadcasting, and then go on to become professionals in the field.”
In 1989 Barb began working as a temporary employee in the TV engineering department, and in 1991, she was hired full time. She states, “I’ve been with the station a long time, and God willing, I’ll still be here this upcoming March, when I will be celebrating my 20th year anniversary as a full-time employee.” Barb was here through momentous events such as the station moving from Lake Manitou Hall in Allendale to the new facility here at the Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids, and the conversion from analog to digital in the new millennium.
Barb enjoys time spent with her friends and family. She says, “I’m so blessed. I have two wonderful daughters, and four precious, grandchildren…oh, yeah, and two pretty decent sons in laws…” she adds jokingly, “…and, of course, my husband of 12 years.”
Barb’s family, includes her mother, six other siblings and their families, as well as an incredible church family at Resurrection Life in Rockford, where she attends services and is involved in various small groups. One of her favorites, being the motorcycle group there, called The Rez Riders with whom she enjoys going on rides and fellowshipping with.