She had served as a trustee since 2000, winning election to represent Livermore on the seven-member board after she retired as a senior member of the district staff.
Barbara served as the founding dean of what has become Las Positas when it was established in 1975 as the valley campus of Chabot College. Las Positas became a stand-alone institution in 1988 and has grown steadily since, particularly since the campus has been largely built out after district voters passed a huge bond a few years ago.
She has a deep love of the arts and it is so fitting that the performing arts center at Las Positas is named in her honor.
It's been a very challenging year for Barbara who lost her husband, David Mertes, chancellor emeritus of the community college system, earlier this fall. They were married 42 years.
Her retirement is well deserved after decades of service to the most accessible higher education system in the valley and the county. Barbara can be proud of her legacy, particularly at Las Positas.