Barbara Dortch-Okara ('25)

Junior Warden

Barbara joined her husband, Ebi Okara, at Trinity in 1992.  Her earliest involvement was as a church school teacher for several years.  Since then, Barbara has served on the Vestry where she was appointed to the Anti-Racism Planning and Design Task Force which resulted in the establishment of Trinity’s Anti-Racism Team.  Later, she was a member of the Anti-Racism Team for three years and was the moderator for the First Anne Berry Bonnyman Symposium.  For many years, Barbara and Ebi were volunteers and riders for the Team Trinity Ride for Kids outreach ministry. She has served on the Nominating Committee and was its chair this year.  She recently co-chaired Trinity's Leadership Development Task Force. Barbara was a justice of the Superior Court from 1989 until her retirement in 2012. During that time, she also served as Chief Justice of the Trial Court.  In 2013 she was appointed by the governor to chair the State Ethics Commission.  At the same time, she joined the faculty of New England School of Law and was a professor there until 2018.  She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Brandeis University.  She and Ebi are the proud parents of their adult son, Preye, who faithfully served as a Trinity nursery attendee, church school student, and acolyte.