Wake County Public School System

Hall of Fame


Barb Walsh

Founder & Executive Director Fentanyl Victims Network of North Carolina

Barb Walsh is the dedicated Executive Director of the Fentanyl Victims Network of North Carolina, a grassroots action-oriented nonprofit she founded on the first anniversary of her daughter’s tragic death from fentanyl exposure through a water bottle. Since this heartbreaking event, Barb has been unwavering in her pursuit of safety, education, justice, advocacy, and support for fentanyl fatality victims in North Carolina. She actively travels across the state, hosting regional Family Summits, Fentvic Meetups, Annual Rallies, and providing courthouse moral support to families affected by fentanyl tragedies. Additionally, Barb is a strong advocate for the installation of life-saving naloxone in all North Carolina public schools.

Barb holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bringing valuable expertise to her role. Her previous experience includes working with a nonprofit lobbying group in Washington, D.C. and holding positions in Government Relations and Corporate Communications at a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC. Besides her professional achievements, Barb has demonstrated remarkable resilience in her personal life. She has successfully raised four daughters while managing her own business and passionately fundraising for various charitable causes.

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