Currently a professor in communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., Barbara additionally teaches generals and senior military and government officials about Arab culture and Islam at National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
An international correspondent for over 20 years, Barbara lived in, and reported from, over 46 countries. As a reporter she was based in Paris, France for 16 years, and London, England for 2 years before returning home to cover Washington, D.C.
During the Iraq War, Barbara was an embedded war correspondent with the U.S. Marine Corps, where she rode on military patrols and even translated for them. While there, she also taught Marine units on Arab culture and Islam.
Due to her knowledge in international affairs, the US Marine Corps hired her as a SME, a subject matter expert, at their operational culture center in Quantico, VA. While there, she trained thousands of U.S. service members on operational culture(s) before their overseas deployments.
Barbara and her husband, Tim Kennedy, are NHA life members. Barbara’s uncle, Wilson “Brownie” Brownell, was one of the founding members of NHA; he was also responsible for introducing Barbara and Tim to a plant-based diet and the organization.