Born and raised in Milwaukee, Clover received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MSOE and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Barnes has worked in a myriad of health care positions, starting as a staff/charge nurse at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2003, she moved back to Milwaukee to care for her grandmother and worked as a pediatric care coordinator for the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association. Shortly after her grandmother’s death, she was promoted to clinic coordinator in the Aurora Health Care Academic Clinics.

After enrolling in graduate school, Barnes was tapped to open Milwaukee Health Services clinic, where she served as nursing manager. Over two years, Barnes grew the clinic from three to 18 physicians. Barnes then worked as urgent care manager at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Her role eventually expanded to include three specialty clinics. In 2011, Barnes returned to Milwaukee Health Services as chief operating officer where she spent three years. In 2014, she moved to Washington D.C. to serve as the bureau chief for the CARE, Housing and Support Services Division at the D.C. Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA). In her current position, Barnes is responsible for a $60 million
operating budget and leads a team of 32 people working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. She mentors teens and young adults in the greater Washington D.C. area. and is an active member of her church, serving on the Health Promotion and Safety Committee. Barnes is a doting sports mom to her sons John, 9, and Perry, 7, and is active in the Parent Teacher Organization. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, international travel, fine dining and scrapbooking. She is on a quest to see an NFL game in each stadium and will always travel to cheer on her beloved Green Bay Packers.

Barnes has remained actively involved with MSOE since graduation, serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as the West Chapter Director and later as a member at-large. She served as the keynote speaker at the inaugural Bestowing of the Kente Ceremony, as a guest lecturer and mentor in the MSOE School of Nursing, and on the interview panels for MSOE Presidential Scholarships. Barnes has been recognized for her professional and volunteer contributions with several awards.