Visual Arts Chairperson, Lou Barrett

LourdesQBarrett bio May2016 (rev)

Lourdes (Lou) Quichocho Balajadia Barrett hails from the village of Yona, Guam, and is the 4th of 6 children of Pedro Pangelinan Balajadia and Maria Pablo Quichocho Balajadia (Familian Chana/Lepa/Listo/Kariso). She has lived in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area since 1979.  She left Guam in 1974 to attend college after completing two years at the University of Guam taking evening classes while working full time with the Department of Navy, as well as working part time at retail stores like the biggest and only Town House Department Store, Diana’s children and women’s clothing.

After obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Lou held several jobs in Monterey, CA, at the Naval Post Graduate School, and the Carmel Country Club. She was hired back with the Department of the Navy at the OICC Trident Office in Bremerton, Washington. After a year there, she moved to Spain where she married Gerard Barrett, and continued to work for the Navy. After 2 years in Spain, she relocated with her family to the Washington D.C. area.

Ms. Barrett served and continues to serve on a number of boards including the Guam Society of America, Inc. (GSA), the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the Native Hawaiian Pacific Forum, the New York State Society, the National Organization of Chamorro Veterans in America (NOCVA), and recently with the DIASPORA Committee in support of FESTPAC 2016. She has served in numerous capacities with these organizations as an officer from Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President, and chaired many different types of major events.  Lou has also supported the San Diego based Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity, Inc. (CHE’LU, Inc.) in since its inception in 2007.  She represents Guam under the U.S. Library of Congress Pavilion of States and territories at the National Book Festival, with the other U.S. Territories every year which draws over 100,000 visitors, promoting literature, books, and information about our wonderful home island of Guam.

Ms. Barrett is very passionate about the Chamorro culture, promotes and maintains the cultural heritage with her family, friends, and everyone she meets on a daily basis.  She is fluent in the Chamorro language and can also converse in Spanish.   She has four grown children and a granddaughter that are all very close-knit just like a typical Chamorro family. She is a devout Catholic, a member of her church’s Sodality group and supports many different events.

Her professional career includes 42 years with the Federal Government and she has recently retired from the Department of the Navy.  She has challenged herself in various positions such as Management Analyst, Information Technology (IT) Specialist and Management Information Policy Analyst.  Lou holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Education from the University of Southern California.

Outside of professional interests, Lou travels widely, reads, and enjoys living in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She travels to different Chamorro get togethers throughout the mainland for pleasure and promotes the Chamorro spirit within these communities. Lou can be reached at the following email, or 240 412-4238 cell, 240 349-2927 home.