Barbara Abbett Honored With  Provident Behavioral Health’s First Legacy Award


Recognized for 20 years of volunteer services, embodying “systematic benevolence”

At Provident Behavioral Health, Barbara Abbett has been board chair, board member, interim executive director, Development Committee chair, Strategic Planning Committee member, and co-chair of the Advisory Committee. 

Now she is also the agency’s first-ever Legacy Award recipient.

“Barb began sharing her time and talent with Provident over 20 years ago,” said Kevin Drollinger, Provident’s executive director. “She has a passion for our mission, giving so much to ensure the people of St. Louis have access to our quality behavioral health services. It’s why we believe she embodies what our founder called ‘systematic benevolence.’”

Provident traces its beginnings to 1860 when visionary businessman and philanthropist James Yeatman created the Provident Association to meet the needs of St. Louis families. He wanted the agency to provide care and compassion, which he believed required ongoing, consistent support from a generous community and leadership from exceptional individuals.

“We created this award to honor a person who inspires others, positively impacts the community, and exemplifies these founding beliefs,” said Marianne Fournie, Provident board chair. “Barb has made an incredible difference for our organization. We’re thankful for all she has given to support our mission.”

Ms. Abbett, now retired, was previously an executive with Mallinckrodt and FleishmanHillard.