Ms. Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson joined AARO as Executive Director in January 1993. Barbara keeps the organization focused on the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas, coordinates the efforts of AARO’s issue committees, and oversees administration and finance.
Ms. Johnson is the Industry Representative to the Region K Water Planning Group, Chair of the Region K Policy Committee, and member of the City of Austin/LCRA Water Partnership Stakeholders Committee. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Austin Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and teaches NAMI Family-to-Family. In 2001, she served as a member of the Travis County Bonds Citizens Advisory Committee. Ms. Johnson is a former Board Chair and active in several ministries of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Previously, Barbara held executive positions in the field of health care management. She served as Project Manager – Multi-Institutional Systems Development for the Massachusetts Hospital Association (1980 – 1984), Manager of the Neurology Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a 720 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-Longwood-VA Neurology Training Program (1984 – 1986); and Business Manager of the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Training Program (1986 – 1988). Between 1988 and 1993, she worked part-time as a business consultant while caring for her daughter.
Barbara graduated with a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University and earned an M.B.A. with honors from Boston University. She enjoys cooking and taking walks in the woodlands of Central Texas.
Ms. Leslie Weston
Leslie Weston joined AARO as Program Director in October 2009. At AARO, she provides support to the members and committees and especially enjoys working with the McBee Fellows.
Prior to joining AARO, Leslie worked with a coalition of congregations and social service agencies as Fund Administrator for the Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless. At the Religious Coalition, she administered a grant program that provided $500,000 annually to increase shelter beds and housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Austin.
Leslie has a Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in Community and Administrative Leadership from University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from St. Edward’s University.
Originally from north Louisiana, Leslie made her way to Austin in 2001 and is happy to call Central Texas home. Leslie, husband Bryan, toddler Miles and newborn Finn share a household zoo with 2 spunky mutts, a pair of formerly-feral cats, and too many fish to count.
Ms. Diana Barton
Diana joined AARO in February 2017 as the administrative assistant. Prior to joining AARO, she spent over a decade working at Dwyer Realty Companies as office coordinator, executive assistant, real estate assistant and event guru.
She is currently enrolled at Austin Community College and plans to transfer to Texas State University in the fall of 2018 to pursue a degree in Mass Communication.
She lives in Leander with her husband, her 7-going-on-17-year old son and their rescue dog, Buddy. In her free time, she stays active by participating in races around Central Texas as a member of the Texas Beef Council’s Beef Team.
Ms. Emily Perry
Emily joined AARO as the bookkeeper and office assistant in March 2017. A native Austinite, Emily has spent the last 17 years performing office management and bookkeeping duties for local business owners.
Emily is a proud graduate of Austin High School and Austin Community College. She has plans of furthering her college education at a nearby Texas university soon.
Emily lives in Central East Austin with her two school-age daughters, two frisky kitties and a tank full of colorful fish. She stays busy chauffeuring her girls to-and-from extracurricular activities, as well as various family activities that Austin offers year-around. When she has time to herself, she enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, exercising and tending to her plants.