Barbara Simon was raised with her only sibling, Jack, a man with autism who was served by ORI for many years. He became the rudder of her life, guiding her into a career as a teaching specialist for children with disabilities. After receiving a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and then teaching at St. Coletta of Wisconsin, she began a long career with the Missoula Public Schools, while actively promoting community services for adults with disabilities in various organizations. Barbara has a performance degree in organ from the University of Montana and currently holds the position of organist at First Presbyterian Church. She is a lover of antiques. You can find her most Saturdays working at the checkout desk at the Montana Antique Mall.