Barbara was born and raised in New York City. She and her husband Les Dukart relocated to Wilmington in 1973 so that Les could join the family business as a McDonald’s Owner Operator. Barbara was an elementary school teacher, and later went back to school and launched her second career as a travel agent. She is an independent travel consultant with Uniglobe Red Carpet Travel.
Barbara raised money and awareness for the first in the world Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. Her father and mother in law were founding members of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, and Barbara has shared her fund raising talents, since before our House opened. In 2009 she was a recipient of the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for service to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, and in 2016 was honored for 25 years of service to the House.
Barbara joined the Development Committee more than two decades ago, and was elected to her first term on the Board of Directors soon after. She has since cycled on and off the Board while continuously maintaining her seat on the Development Committee.
Barbara lives in Rockland, Delaware with her husband Les who recently retired from the McDonald’s system. She is proud of her two sons, Michael and Joel, both 3rd generation McDonald’s Owner/Operators, and both of whom have served on the Board of Directors. She is grandmother to seven year old Eli.
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