Barbara Bollinger Stoddard (Sarvis)
Class of 1981
Barbara Bollinger-Stoddard (Sarvis) is no stranger to the CRISTA campus. Shortly after graduating from King’s in 1981, Barbara began working in the beauty industry as a hair dresser. For five years, she owned a mainstream salon in the Northgate area and then made the move to manage a salon in an assisted living community while raising her children. Barbara is now the owner of Senior Salons, LLC where she manages beauty salons in senior communities around the greater Seattle area. Senior Salons, LLC has been in operation now for over twenty years and for the last eight years, Barbara has overseen the three beauty salons in the senior communities at CRISTA!
Barbara believes the idea of managing hair salons became an actuality through her faithfulness to the Lord. When her church, Evergreen Community Church, announced a major fundraising campaign in order to build a new church, Barbara committed to giving all the profits from her second salon to the cause. Ten years later, she was nominated for Woman Business Owner of the Year and managed 35 salons. “I truly believe that God has blessed my life through my remaining faithful to Him,” Barbara said.
Barbara began attending King’s her sophomore year of high school. During her time at King’s, she was involved in many extracurricular activities such as playing in the volleyball, basketball, and softball programs and joining the cheer team her senior year.
When reflecting back on her time at King’s, Barbara remembers her 18th birthday as one of her “all-time” highlights of high school. “During basketball season on my 18th birthday I got to run the Pep Assembly,” Barbara said. “There I received roses from Coach Chase – I was his teacher’s assistant that year – and at that night’s varsity basketball home game, the entire gym including the opposing team, sang Happy Birthday to me!” Barbara also cherishes the friendships she made on campus, not only with students but senior residents. “I loved my friendship with Mrs. Ruth Winquist and sent her Christmas cards for years after,” Barbara said. “During my cheerleading years, we were assigned a resident to befriend in the Senior Community. I loved going down and hanging with her.”
Barbara now lives in Snohomish with her husband, Steve, and together they have seven children.
If she could give King’s High School seniors one word of advice, Barbara would tell them to believe that they can do anything or be anyone they want to be. Throughout her life Barbara has kept Colossians 3:17 as a foundation to all she does: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”