Barbara H Reed grew up in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She was awarded a BS degree by the State University of New York and received permanent teaching certification for elementary grades K-6 and also Secondary level English.
As a Research Associate at Cornell University, in the 1960s, she was part of the multidisciplinary nationwide university research studies that resulted in the formation of the national programs known as Home Start and Head Start.
A teacher and the mother of five children (two of whom have, sadly, passed to the next dimension), she studied at Marywood University in Scranton, PA and received an MS in Theological Studies. As her teaching career advanced, Reed earned an EdD degree and operated a school for pre-school children living with disabilities (and their parents. )
Her doctoral dissertation focused on the effect of Prison educational programs on recidivism among 15-17 year old felony offenders from rural and small town areas of upstate New York who were currently incarcerated in medium and maximum secure prisons.
As a Chaplain at Cornell University in the Cornell Catholic Community, she preached in rotation with the priests on staff and periodically led small group of students in visits centering upon grass roots social justice issues in rural areas of Guatemala and Haiti.
Reed is presently living in Arizona and is a Hospice volunteer and a member of Helping Parents Heal, Amnesty International, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.