Barbara Fries

Signature Healthcare of Fort Wayne
*Educator *Helped start first Steps Program *Taught classes on domestic violence


Barb was born in Birmingham, MI in 1938. She moved to Albion, MI after high school to attend college. She then transferred to University of Michigan to complete her B.A. From there she went to Northwestern University to get her teaching certificate for Michigan. When she moved to Indiana in 1975, she enrolled at St. Francis College to get her Indiana teaching certificate. She continued her education at IPFW and received her Master’s degree in Special Education. Then back to St. Francis for a Masters in Early Childhood Education.

She worked for Red Cross Disaster Assistance for two years. Barb then chose to be a stay-at-home mother for several years after her son was born.

She returned to work as Special Needs Coordinator at Head Start for ten years and then as a Federal Reviewer for the National Head Start Program.

She saw a need for earlier intervention in children from birth to age three. She worked on a committee with several other like- minded individuals that founded the First Steps Program in 1994.

Barb was on the Board of Directors for various organizations in the Fort Wayne area for many years.

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