Barbara Byrne is currently the Grants & Program Manager for Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAAA). Prior to this position, she served as Co-Director of RSVP (Retired and Volunteer Program), covering Rock Island, Knox, Warren, Mercer & Henry Counties in Illinois which is sponsored by WIAAA. Through her involvement with RSVP and WIAAA, Barb became a part of the Illinois Civic Engagement of Adults 55+ (now Generations Serving Genreations) initiative and served on the Volunteer Management sub-committee.
Barb grew up in Monmouth, Illinois but moved to Minneapolis, MN after graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In Minneapolis, Barb enjoyed a 21 year career in Human Resources with U.S. Bancorp, ending as Vice-President, Regional Human Resource Manager in the Consumer Banking division. She “retired” from her corporate job to move back to Illinois to raise her youngest 2 children. There she was able to feed her passion for volunteerism and community involvement and eventually developed an “encore” career in social services serving as director of a youth program as well as her positions with RSVP and WIAAA.
Barb lives in Monmouth, Illinois with her husband Larry who is retired from Carl Sandburg Community College.
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