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Barbara Blanton

Barbara Blanton, American mental health nurse, consultant. Registered Nurse, Wisconsin.


  • Blanton, Barbara was born on October 3, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Richard A. and Eleanor H. (Heake) Mathews.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in Nursing, Alverno College, 1976. Master of Science in Nursing, University Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1978.


    • Staff nurse Milwaukee County General Hospital, 1971-1972. Rehabilitation nurse Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Milwaukee, 1972-1976. Research assistant University Wisconsin, 1977-1978.

      Clinical instructor Alverno College, 1978-1980, Texas Women's University, Denton, 1980. Realtor, European relocation director Pitt, Marsh & Associates, Dallas, 1980-1986. Client service coordinator Crisis Center of Collin County, Plano, Texas, 1986-1989, executive director, 1989-1993.

      Psychiatric nurse Baylor Richardson (Texas) Medical Center, 1993-1994. Director mental health services Collin Home Health Care, 1994-1995.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Wisconsin.


    Member community advisory board C.I.T.Y. House, 1989-1993. Co-chair Coordinating Council Collin County, 1990-1993. Member class VIII Leadership Plano, Texas, 1990-1991, member alumni association, 1991-1993.

    Chair Emergency Response Team, 1989-1993. Member founding advisory board Collin County Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Network, 1990-1992. Member class I citizens police academy City of Plano, Texas, 1992, member task force on substance abuse, member task force on gangs, 1992-1993.

    Member panel J.C. Penny Golden Rule Awards Selection, 1991-1995. Member community management team Texas Children's Mental Health Plan, 1991-1993, secretary and member executive committee, 1992-1993, chairperson advisory committee, 1993-1995. Active Collin County Bond Committee, 1988, Emergency Services Coalition, 1988-1993, Metroplex Woman's Political Caucus, 1992-1993, Collin County Partnership to Stop Substance Abuse, 1992-1994.

    United Way Needs Assessment Coalition, 1993. Member American Association Suicidology (steering committee annual conference 1993, presenter at conferences 1990-1993), Mental Health Association Texas (statewide board directors 1992-1993), Mental Health Association Collin County (board directors 1989-1994, policy committee 1989, focus on children 1989-1991, chair nominating committee 1990-1991, executive committee 1990-1993, vice president for advocacy 1991-1993, focus on children legislation committee 1994), Plano (Texas) Chamber of Commerce (task force on strategic planning for 21st century for bus, education and healthcare 1992, health facilities committee 1990-1992).


    • Married Rex M. Crago, June 10, 1961 (divorced 1970). Married James G. Blanton, 1972. Children: Catherine, Stephen.
    • father: Richard A. Mathews
    • mother: Eleanor H. (Heake) Mathews
    • spouses: Rex M. Crago
    • James G. Blanton
    • children: Catherine Blanton
    • Stephen Blanton
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    Born October 3, 1939