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Elected in November of 2010 and author of the successful Laguna Hills Term Limits Initiative, which passed by a three-to-one majority, Barbara was given Laguna Hills’ highest reform mandate as the election’s top vote-getter. Barbara also authored the “Orange County City Managers Compensation Report,” the first State-recognized comparative compensation study of its kind. Barbara became a national spokesperson for compensation reform, transparency and accountability in local government. She has appeared on national television and talk radio and before State legislative bodies on Transparency and Accountability in local government.
Barbara is both former President and former Chief Executive Officer of the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce and founder of five local Chambers of Commerce. She has also been a financial consultant with a New York Stock Exchange Member Firm, a Realtor, and an English and journalism teacher. Barbara has been President, Chair and Director of local and regional organizations including Mission Hospital Foundation and Foundation Board Emeritus, Saddleback Valley Business and Professional Women (BPW-USA), SMART Foundation, California Women’s Leadership Association and Women in Leadership. She was both Saddleback Valley Woman of the Year and Saddleback Valley Business Woman of the Year. She was a leader in the opposition to an international airport at El Toro.
Married to Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kogerman, United States Marine Corps (retired), who led all four anti-El Toro Airport campaigns, Barbara and Bill are principals in Transpacific Associates, Inc., a small firm specializing in government affairs. Barbara has a daughter who is a talented soprano and is step-mother to four other grown children. She is a graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in English with certifications, licenses or graduate-level work in education, school administration, real estate, insurance, Series 7 Registered Representative and options trading.
As the premier 2010 local government reform candidate responsive to an expressed mandate from the voters, Barbara is committed to delivering to Laguna Hills residents compensation reform, improved transparency and accountability, restoration of the city’s full public safety complement, and the delivery of business development acumen and services involving Seniors, Youth and humane animal care.