Featured Alumni from The College of Human Ecology


Barbara Lee ’80, baccalaureate social work, currently serves as a clinical supervisor for Precision Health Care Services in Kinston, North Carolina. She is listed in the Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals 1985 and 1986, and she was named North Carolina Council of Nephrology Social Worker of the Year in 1990. Barbara enjoys speaking at professional meetings and symposiums and has served on the planning committee for the American Kidney Foundation Regional Conference.

Barbara explains the impact that ECU and Eastern North Carolina has had on her career, “I can definitely say that my career and professional development began here and is still impacted today.  As an undergraduate, my field placement was at the Family Practice Center which was a part of the new medical school.  Coming full circle, I serve as a clinical social worker on the renal transplant team at the medical school and Pitt County Memorial Hospital today. I have been fortunate to spend the majority of my professional career in health care and am biased when I say it's the most diverse and exciting area of social work.  I am proud of the role ECU and social workers in eastern North Carolina played in advocating for the profession and have been certified and then licensed from the time that opportunity became available.”

“I am passionate about community involvement and advocacy and have had the opportunity to be a community organizer with grant programs based at my church.  Fighting cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the minority community have been the focal points.  African American church congregations have been empowered to know their numbers, ask questions when they speak with a healthcare professional and take an active role in their health care.  I have stayed involved with the school by serving on the advisory board, speaking to classes in the past and being able to mentor students in the field.  I still wear the Purple and Gold with pride and sometimes there is a little of blue in the mix.”

“I still wear the Purple and Gold with pride”.








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