Barbara L. Tierney began her lifelong participation in Girl Scouts as a Brownie. In her youth, her family moved to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, where there was no Girl Scouts. Her mother, Betty Hoover, organized Lone Troop 1, Troop on Foreign Soil and gradually recruited new scouts until the troop qualified to become the first troop of Girl Guides in Venezuela. Barbara received her Girl Guide pin from Lady Baden Powell, who officiated the transition ceremony. Barbara later earned the Curved Bar award, the highest award in Girl Scouts at that time. During her experience as a young Girl Scout, she learned the power of building an organization to help others achieve their potential.
Barbara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, with concentrations in finance and law. After graduating, Barbara pursued a multi-faceted financial career with several major financial institutions, banks and Wall Street firms. She returned to her hometown of Portsmouth, Va., in 2005 to become a banker at TowneBank in Suffolk, Va., where she retired in 2014 as a Senior Vice President. While working at TowneBank, among many other responsibilities, she was very involved in mentoring and training the bank’s young Management Associates, providing credit skills and career training. Barbara’s passion for helping young people develop their professional careers is very much a consequence of her early experiences with Girl Scouts. The activity she treasures the most is sharing her professional and personal skills with the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
The Tierney Family prides itself on having four generations of Girl Scouts! Barbara’s experience on the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Board of Directors began in 2014. She has served on the Finance, Audit and Philanthropy committees. She was elected Vice-Chair in 2017 and elected Chair in 2019 for a two-year term.