Barb and husband Bernie Lynam moved to Depoe Bay in 1997 where they owned and operated Bernie’s Hardware for several years. Barb credits Depoe Bay Fire and PacWest Ambulance personnel with saving Bernie’s life when he had a heart attack in 1999. She was appointed, then elected, to the Fire District Board of Directors in 2001 and continues to serve today.
In 2002, the combination of medical and financial difficulties and a harsh winter, forced Barb and Bernie (B&B) to declare bankruptcy. Fortunately, local business woman and friend to all, Gracie Strom, asked them to operate Gracie’s Sea Hag Inn, the bed and breakfast overlooking the harbor. Gracie also owned a number of rental properties and asked B&B to continue working with her even after the Inn was sold.
Later, Barbara was appointed, then elected, to Depoe Bay City Council where she served from 2006 through 2014. She also served state and local government in her early career at the Pennsylvania Justice Department, Philadelphia Area Agency on Aging (administered Older Americans Act funds) and the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission.
OREGON CAREER: While living in Portland, Barb was Executive Director of the Oregon Quality Initiative (OQI), a non-profit organization created to build business excellence in Oregon through a state program patterned after the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 1997, OQI became part of The Performance Center at Portland State University where Barbara worked until moving permanently to Depoe Bay.
BEFORE OREGON: Before coming to Oregon, Barb was the Vice President of Administration with Kulicke & Soffa Industries, then the world’s largest supplier of semiconductor assembly equipment. She managed Corporate Communications and Human Resources and was company spokesperson for this $140-million public company with more than 1,000 employees.
EARLY CAREER : Early in her career, Barbara created and managed Leff Communications, Inc., specializing in cause-related marketing. This full service non-profit agency served more than 175 clients in its first year and launched a national campaign for a California based disability rights organization which expanded its sphere of influence through meetings at The White House. Her work brought her in contact with The White House during four different administrations. In addition to the government experience outlined above, Barb served as Public Relations Director for WHYY, the public broadcasting company in the nation’s third largest market at the time.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Barb loves to read, walk with her happy dogs, listen to music with her beloved Bernie, surf the Internet, and look for whales by the sea wall. And every day she offers thanks for the blessings of a wonderful family, caring and fun-loving friends and the privilege of living in the most beautiful place on the planet.
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