A Texas State University alumna, Barshop received a Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1979. She was a member of Delta Zeta and a “little sister” to Tau Kappa Epsilon. She has served on the McCoy College of Business Administration Advisory Board since 2007, and supports the McCoy College of Business Administration.
Barshop has worked for Southwest Airlines for 35 years as a flight attendant and member of the airline’s Critical Incident Stress Management team. She was appointed to the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service by Gov. Ann Richards, and reappointed by Gov. George W. Bush. Currently, Barshop is a board member of the Austin Smiles Foundation and Animal Trustees of Austin.
Her father is the late Sam Barshop, an enthusiastic philanthropist who supported causes in education, medicine and Jewish-related organizations. At Texas State, Sam Barshop held the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies at Texas State from its inception in 1999 through 2005.