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Barbara Hughes Sullivan
National Director

Barbara comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the aging field and a tremendous passion for Villages. She became Executive Director of Mount Vernon at home in 2010. Prior to that, she served on Mount Vernon at Home’s Board of Directors. She also serves as Co-President of WAVE, Washington Area Village Exchange that serves over 60 Villages. As a Village to Village Network mentor, she has been very active in growing the Village Movement.

In 2008, she passed her certification with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. In 2001, Barbara joined Paul Spring Retirement Community to head the marketing/business development team. She focused on senior issues and continued her education in the area of eldercare.

Barbara has been very active in her community and has served on the Board of Directors for the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce, being voted President and Chairman of the Board in 2006 and 2007. She is an active member with the Chamber outreach programs, Social Justice ministries for seniors at Good Shepherd Church, former Chairman of the Board for the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Development Council and current member of Inova Mt Vernon Patient Advisory Council. Barbara currently serves as the Co-Convener of Ventures in Community, a faith based and nonprofit consortium based in Fairfax County. Barbara has been involved with advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels.

Barbara has many honors and awards for her work in the aging field. She was awarded the Pro-Aging Award by the Guide to Retirement Living, Honoring Exceptional Professionals in the Field of Aging, and in 2008, the Citizen of the Year award from the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Barbara was awarded the honor of Lady Fairfax for the Mount Vernon District.

Barbara was born and raised in Ocean City, New Jersey. She attended George Washington University, where she earned a BA degree in Business. In 1985 she married Barry Sullivan, moved to the Mount Vernon District and raised three sons. She returned to New Jersey in 2018 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

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Travis Mowers
Director of Operations

Travis Mowers has worked in communications positions for more than a decade. In addition to working for VtV Network, Travis maintains the website of STL Village and does freelance work for several other nonprofit organizations.

Prior to 2016, Travis worked as the communications coordinator for the Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden, helping to prevent the extinction of rare and imperiled native plants. Travis maintained the website and social media presence of the Center and produced many print and digital pieces for both internal and external audiences. Travis has also worked for an electric cooperative in rural Missouri and produced content for Rural Missouri Magazine.

Travis is a US Air Force Veteran of the first Gulf War and did a tour in Saudi Arabia as an aviation fuels specialist. He has a BA in interactive media from Webster University and currently lives in Maplewood, Mo.