Barbara J. George

Chief of Staff The Healing of the Nations Foundation

Prior to joining The Healing of the Nations Foundation, Barbara J. George worked in Oregon for more than 25 years (1970 to 1995)  in a variety of roles including Director of Religious Education for local parishes, the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Education and Parish Development, and  the Deputy Director  of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) from 1984 to 1995. While serving EMO, Ms. George developed and directed many programs which included;

In 1995, Ms. George was elected the Executive Officer of Operations for the National Council of Churches in New York City and served a five year term.  Responsibilities were varied in the role; and involved financial management, budget formulation, program evaluation, staff management, board of directors, resource development, policy formulation, and other operational elements.  The position also included carrying a second portfolio focused on directing the council’s relationships with the more than 450 local, state and regional ecumenical and interfaith organizations and overseeing the council’s response to the “Burned Churches in America” response. 
Following the end of her term and the National Council of Churches, Barbara served the Broome County Council of Churches(BCCC) as Interim Executive Director from 2000 to 2003 directing a successful capital campaign of more than $2 million to construct a new administrative and warehouse/trucking facility for the ministries of the BCCC.  Other aspects of the work included developing programs in staff development and training, ecumenical and interfaith ministries, a network of social justice advocates, an ongoing financial development plan, and
In 2003, Ms. George provided consulting services across the country and clients included the Fellowship of Reconciliation (National Office), Kirkridge Retreat Center, Chautauqua Institution, NW Catholic Counseling Center, Kinsey & Associates, The Riverside Church in New York City, US Catholic Conference of Bishops National Pastoral Life Center, Day of Russia in New York, Religions for Peace International, Nurse Practitioner Clinic, Portland Police Personnel Selection Process Committee,
Over the years, Barbara has served on many boards and committees including; Chair of the Religious Education Section of the Adult Education Association of America, Project Equality, US Catholic Bishops Consultation on Globalization, Marylhurst Board of Regents, National Board of Project Equality, State of Oregon Health Policy Committee, National Council of Churches Rural Ministry Team, Jesuit Volunteer Board and the Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East.
Internationally, Ms. George was involved in the initial phases of an intergenerational community in Lithuania and assisted with the Russian State Library “Tolerance Institute” in Moscow, Russia,
Current Memberships include Association of Fund Raising Professionals in New York, National Association of Ecumenical Staff, National Association of Church Business Administrators,
She was an adjunct instructor at Marylhurst College, Seattle University and the University of Portland teaching religious education, pastoral management, ethics and adult education.  She also developed a program of learning; “Peer Consultation” and trained religious and organizational leaders in the skills and principles of providing effective and ethical consulting services.
In her educational pursuits, Barbara studied operating room nursing, theology, management, human resources, ethics, adult education, counseling, ministry, psychology, systems science and participated in formal studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.  Continuing education pursuits are ongoing and include financial development, organizational models, human resource management, social media networking, foreign language (French and Russian), classical music (piano and vocal),
She is a trained Kid Safe agent, participates in book clubs and salons (literary and issue focused), and appreciates multi-cultural occasions and travel.
Awards:
Easter Seals of Oregon – Leadership Achievement

The U. S. Health Care Financing Administration - Award to individuals and organizations for their dedication in the treatment and care of persons living with HIV and AIDS (Washington, DC – 1992)