Barbara King is a representative from the West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (WCTAAA). She lives in Sweetwater in Nolan County, one of the nineteen counties covered by WCTAAA.
Ms. King has two children, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Her daughter and son-in-law have one daughter, who along with her husband, are the parents of her great granddaughter. Her son, who is a high school football coach, and her daughter-in-law are the parents of four biological children and six adopted ones. They all keep her busy attending various activities. She also has a rescue Yorkie, Buster, who allows her to live in his world.
Ms. King is a retired forty-year state employee. She worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for thirty years in eligibility programs for SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid for Children and Pregnant Women, and Community Care Services, which allowed older and disabled Texans to age in place in their own homes. She retired from HHSC as the Regional Director of Eligibility Services and a second time as Program Manager of Community Care Services for a sixty county region. For ten years, Ms. King consulted with other state governments on modernization of their eligibility systems. She worked on modernization projects in Washington DC, Tennessee, Indiana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Colorado.
Since retirement Ms. King volunteers in her church, at the local Women’s Resource Center, in civic areas, and teaches a Jobs Class at a local ministry called The Lifehouse,. She believes strongly in advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. She has devoted her professional career to this belief and continues to do so as a member of the TSHL.