Ms. Barto began her career as a secretary to the Dean of Students at Montclair State University after obtaining certification from Katharine Gibbs School in 1960. She then went on to become secretary of the Presbyterian Synod of New Jersey of the Synod of the Northeast before taking a break from the workforce. When she returned to work, she took courses at Union College, ventured into politics and became an executive secretary for the Union County Republican Committee. Ms. Barto continued on the political track and became a legislative aide to State Senator James Vreeland in Morris County, New Jersey. She finally became a paralegal at Dempsey, Dempsey & Sheehan, a position she held for four years.
After ending her work in politics, Ms. Barto joined the Library Board of the Borough of New Providence, and served as the head of volunteers at the Hunterdon Art Museum. In 2012, she began lecturing and teaching first grade at Our Lady of Lourdes. In addition, throughout her career, Ms. Barto had an expertise in writing short stories and nostalgia. She has published 10 short stories and is the author of “Palm Sunday,” published by Drury’s Publishing in 2008.
For her achievements and service throughout the years, Ms. Barto has received the Plaque of Appreciation from the Library Board of the Borough of New Providence, and she was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Looking toward the future, Ms. Barto hopes to continue writing and eventually submit a 750- word short story to a magazine.
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