Arlington city council (At Large/District 8) candidate Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley
Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley (PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA) retired in 2015 from a 42-year career as a professor of Heath Information Management (HIM). She taught at University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Woman’s University, DeVry University, and University of Texas at Arlington. While mentoring hundreds of students in the profession, she was elected to leadership positions in the professional association, including president of the local, state and national organizations.
Having founded Medpro Services in 1991, she continues to consult with healthcare facilities to improve the quality of medical record documentation. Barbara’s passion for service extends to her community. She has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations including 16 years with United Way. Currently, she serves Texas Health Resources (THR) on the leadership impact council; as a board member for the North Texas Area Community Health Clinics (NTACHC); and health chair for the NAACP. She serves Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in the Arlington chapter which she chartered as president in 1982. She is a charter member of Arlington’s MLK Celebration Committee and has been appointed to several Arlington City Council boards.
She and her husband, Curtis, have lived in Arlington 39 years and are leaders in the married couples’ ministry at their church. Barbara is an avid Bible student and has served in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for 15 years. Barbara seeks to expand her service to all the citizens of Arlington by serving as an at-large member of the City Council. By listening carefully and dialoguing with residents across the city, she has identified several core initiatives: protect and enhance livable neighborhoods; support small businesses; and elevate well-being opportunities for every citizen.
Barbara is a leader who listens, studies and takes action. With a proven record of service, leadership, and inclusion, Barbara will be a voice for everyone in the greater community of Arlington.