A Fresno native, Barry attended Bullard High School, CSU Fresno and the Mennonite Brethren Seminary. During his years at CSU Fresno where he majored in Communication he worked at Northwest Church. During and after he completed his seminary studies with a Masters Degree in Theology, Barry worked at New Harvest Church in Clovis as the Pastor of Emerging Generations.
After ten years in church ministry, Barry has now refocused his efforts to working on the community needs of Fresno. Passionate about our area & about impacting social issues like poverty, economic development & the local brain drain; he is also particularly sensitive to the needs of families with small children. Barry became the President/CEO of Rotary Storyland & Playland in Roeding Park in February of 2006. Taking on the challenge of operating Storyland & Playland, Barry has been able to blend his passion to serve the community, with his educational and organizational experience in operating non-profit organizations.
As of late, there has been a surge in the beloved Central California parks. In the past three years there has been a rise in attendance, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in new capital improvements completed. Barry has worked hard over the past three
years to create a dynamic team that he credits for much of the parks success. Barry also has developed a passion for guest service. A new focus on world-class guest service at Rotary Storyland & Playland has been a driving factor that has created more repeat business than anytime in previous years. Barry is a graduate of the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. Barry is actively involved in the Fresno community. He currently serves on the board of the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as the board for the Leadership Fresno Alumni Association. He works very closely with Rotary and is currently the Assistant Governor of Information & Communications for Rotary District 5230. He is passionate about, and takes great pride in his family and has two children.