Barbara Perkinson (R) - Email: Barbara Perkinson


Barbara has lived in Woodbury since her marriage to Peter Perkinson in 1974 when she adopted Woodbury as her hometown. Both Barbara and Peter taught in the Watertown School System for over 36 years, both retiring in 2005. Barbara received her B.S degree from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey and went on to earn a M.S. in Family and Consumer Science from St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

They have two daughters, both of whom went through the Region 14 school system. Sarah Virginia Tracy lives in Manassas Virginia, and  Anne Enright Sansolo resides in Cheshire, with her husband, and their children (Lucas and Jack).

Barbara’s first involvement with service to Woodbury began with her membership in the Junior Women’s Club. In 1990 she was elected to the Region 14 Board of Education and served 12 years. While on the BOE, Barbara was chair of the Policy Committee, as well as a member on the Transportation, Curriculum, and Finance subcommittees. She also served as town representative in 2011 on two Region 14 search committees. During this time, she was also a member of the building committees for Nonnewaug High School, Bethlehem Elementary School and the Agri-Science building. Barbara then went on to serve on the Zoning Commission for 6 years from 2003-2009.

Barbara was also a member of the Plan of Conservation and Development sub-committee in 2011. She chaired the Recycling Ad Hoc Committee from 2009-11. She was the town representative to the Council of Governments (COG) for 4 years.

She was asked to chair the Reservoir Property Management Plan sub-committee after the purchase of the Aquarian Property.

Barbara was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2009 and had been a member of that board until December 2018, when she was selected in January, 2019 to fulfill the duties of the First Selectman.

Outside of her dedication to her town and its people, Barbara spends as much time with family as possible. Her greatest commitment is to her grandsons. Both of whom can be occasionally seen in the Shove office and the Woodbury library.

Barbara enjoys her life-long passion of cooking, entertaining friends and family, creating computerized embroidery designs, sewing and now quilting. She also enjoys the study of history, theatre and the creative arts