Barbara Hughes Sullivan
Barbara Hughes Sullivan attended George Washington University, where she earned a BA degree in business administration and marketing. In 2001 she joined Paul Spring Retirement Community to head the marketing/business development team. While focusing on senior issues she continued her education in eldercare. In 2006 she completed her certification with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. In 2007 in an advisory role, she was active in the growing Village movement to help seniors stay in their homes. She served on the first suburban Village, Mount Vernon At Home, Board of Directors from 2008 to January 2010. In August of 2010, she became the Executive Director of Mount Vernon At Home. In June 2018, Barbara was appointed the National Director for Village to Village Network (VTVN). VTVN is the national association that represents 350 Villages throughout the United States and four countries around the world in the Village movement’s model for aging.
During her career, Barbara served on multiple boards, including Chairman of the Board of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board for the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Development Council and Inova Mt. Vernon Patient Advisory Council. Barbara served as the Co-Convener of Ventures in Community, a faith based, nonprofit consortium based in Fairfax County. Barbara also served as Co-President of WAVE (Washington Area Village Exchange), a regional collation of Villages in the metro D.C. area.
Barbara was awarded the Pro-Aging Award by the Guide to Retirement Living, honoring exceptional professionals in the field of aging, and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce in 2008. In 2011, Barbara was awarded the honor of Lady Fairfax for the Mount Vernon District, an honor for outstanding volunteer service in the community.
Barbara and her husband Barry raised three boys, Barry Jr., Brendan and Bryan Sullivan in Alexandria, VA. A native of Ocean City, New Jersey, Barbara and her husband Barry moved in 2018 to the Jersey Shore to be closer to their children and grandchildren.