| Barbara Givens received a bachelor of science degree from UNR in history and biology in the college of education, and later a master's degree in post-secondary education from UNLV. She retired from CCSD after 25 years of teaching high school biology and earth science. Givens has lived in Las Vegas for 65 years and has participated in a variety of community activities. She became a Star Trek enthusiast in 1966 which led to receiving an international Teacher's Recognition Award for her use of Star Trek in the classroom. Givens has written for publications such as the International Federation of Trekker, Starfleet and Roddenberry.com. Attending conventions, being an avid collector of Star Trek memorabilia, and founding a local Star Trek club have also been part of her Star Trek hobby.