Barbara graduated from the College for Appraisers where she completed the following education:
Graduate Certified Appraiser
MCA Master Certified Appraiser
GGAC Graduate Gemology Appraiser Certificate
USPAP Current Certification
DD Divinity Doctorate
While attending classes and after graduation, she worked with Dr. David Long, Owner and President of the College for Appraisers, as his Administrative Assistant. During this time Dr. David Long mentored her in the history of antiques and collectibles, professional appraisal business practices and appraisal theory.
Barbara realized early on that since so many of her clients were going through major life changes, a great deal of her work involved counseling in one form or another. In order to better provide for them, she worked towards a Doctorate in Divinity with emphasis in Spiritual Counseling.
International Society of Appraisers
Core Course in Appraisal Studies
The Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents
California State University, Long Beach
Certificate in Textiles Collections Management
American Quilter's Society
Quilt Appraising Course Series
National Quilting Association
Quilt Judging Course Series
Gemological Institute of America
Pearls and Pearl Grading
Barbara believes continuing education is important not only to maintain her appraisal skills, but also for personal and professional growth and development. She regularly takes courses and attends seminars on topics such as Glass, Pottery, Rugs, Costume & Clothing, Quilts & Textiles, Sports Memorabilia, Furniture, Native & Folk Arts, Fine Arts, Jewelry, Dolls and other topics which relate to the origins, history and appraising of Personal Property.
Costume Society of America
Gemological Institute of America Alumni
Barbara has spoken or given seminars on the topics of Personal Property Appraising and Estate Sales for groups such as:
The College for Appraisers
Friends of Los Alamitos Library
Rossmoor Woman's Club
Temple Beth David, Westminster
Huntington Beach Antique Collectors Club
Signal Hill Public Library
Torrance Adult School Antiques & Collectibles Class
Barbara regularly performs valuation or "edu-tainment" clinics at such venues as Street Fairs, Charity Fund Raisers and Swap Meets.
Some of these venues include: Verde Valley Fairgrounds (Cottonwood, Arizona), Signal Hill Library, The Rose Bowl (Pasadena), The Saugus Swap Meet (Santa Clarita), Rancho Los Cerritos Museum (Long Beach), Rolling Hills Estates Community Center (American Association of University Women), The Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa Antiques Show, Palos Verdes Art Center, Whittier Street Fair, City of Orange Street Fair, St. Mary's Hospital (Long Beach), Morningside of Fullerton Retirement Community.
To gain some insight into Barbara's philosophy about Appraising and Estate Sales: Download a copy of Barbara's Article which was published in the October 2013 issue of Collector Magazine.
Member, Antique and Collectibles National Association
Accredited Member, Appraisers National Association