Barbara Flavin grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Colby Junior College, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College.
Bill and Barbara met in Massachusetts when they were attending schools near each other. They hit it off right away, and have been together practically ever since. This year they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Barbara has lived in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and New York City, but she considers Santa Fe her home. As First Lady of New Mexico, Barbara Richardson has worked with multiple organizations in order to help improve the lives of all New Mexicans.
She has served as Chair for Read Across America in New Mexico and she helped form the New Mexico Big Brothers/Big Sisters First Lady’s Bowl for Kids Sake, which has raised more than $150,000 over the past four years. The First Lady has also served on the Georgia O’Keefe Museum’s Education Committee. When the Richardsons were living in Washington, D.C. she was program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Washington, D.C.
The First Lady also served as Chair of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Advisory Board, and helped form New Mexico’s Office of Domestic Violence.
Barbara has been especially focused on improving the literacy and vaccination rates for New Mexico’s children. Mrs. Richardson helped organize the donation of thousands of children’s books and educational videos to low-income families across New Mexico, New Mexico elementary schools and the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. Barbara has also served as the Honorary Chair for the New Mexico Immunization Coalition—her efforts have helped dramatically increase the number of children in New Mexico who have been fully vaccinated. Despite these gains, Barbara Richardson, and the whole state of New Mexico, is committed to reaching or surpassing the Healthy People 2010 goal of 90% of children receiving their immunizations.
Barbara has used her position as First Lady to work tirelessly for the people of New Mexico. She has become a fixture around the state on multiple charitable boards and has worked hard to do all she can for New Mexico’s families.