Since 1994 Pamela Barnes has worked diligently to make a difference not only in her work at Health Services of North Texas, but in her community as well. Ms. Barnes has played a significant role in growing HSNT from a small HIV treatment organization with a budget just under $300,000 to a full service Federally Qualified Health Center with a budget of over $5 million yearly.
Ms. Barnes’ commitment to the community is evident in the many leadership roles that she plays in several organizations. She is the Vice President of Finance for North Texas Society of Human Resource Management Board of Directors and an active Board member for the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club. In addition to graduating from Leadership Denton in 2009, she was chosen to be co-chair of the 2010 class, served on the 2012-2013 Leadership Denton Selection Committee and served on the Leadership Denton Committee to research financial sustainability. Past volunteer service includes the Board of Directors of the Tejas Storytelling Association and camp volunteer work for the Girl Scouts, Cross Timbers Council.
When asked what drives her to serve, Ms. Barnes responds, “I know how to take care of myself and because of that it makes it easier to serve others. I’ve followed my heart my entire life and chosen the road less traveled. It was right for me.”
As a Texas Woman’s University graduate with a BBA in Accounting, Pamela Barnes has used her education and experience at HSNT to encourage the growth of others in the areas of nonprofit management and accounting. Ms. Barnes presents nonprofit financial classes at UNT, United Way Directors and Project Blueprint.
When asked about her greatest accomplishment at HSNT, Ms. Barnes reflects on the systems that she has established, “Setting up efficient accounting and operational systems that stand the test of time and seeing these same systems withstand and hold up well in an ever-changing and growing organization is one of my greatest accomplishments.” She goes on to say, “I started at HSNT before we even had a computer, we used paper.”
“I have been so lucky to have a job I adore, using and developing my skills to ultimately help people. So in 10 years, I simply see myself continuing to live and love life.”
Health Services of North Texas celebrated MS. Barnes 20th Anniversary with a reception at HSNT Headquarters in Denton, TX on Friday January 31st. Staff, community, board members and patients gathered to recognize her accomplishments and dedication to HSNT and community.