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Dr. Gybrilla Ballard Blakes

Dr. Ballard-Blakes is an Adjunct Professor for Webster University. She previously

held the position of the Chief of the Personnel Security Section for the Executive

Office for the U.S. Attorneys’. Dr. Ballard-Blakes acted as a guest speaker for the

Federal Government Oversight Manager’s courses and Administrator Officer’s

conferences. She has acted as a guest speaker at several US Attorneys’ conferences.

Dr. Ballard-Blakes also, acted as a Personnel Security Adjudication Expert for all

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation field offices, and has acted as a

Personnel Security Adjudication Expert for the 94 US Attorneys offices. Dr.

Ballard-Blakes is a published Author of the book “Give Your Parents a Standing

Ovation, For Caregivers of Elderly Parents”. She is also the producer of the stage

play “Give Your Parents a Standing Ovation”. Dr. Ballard-Blakes has been a Guest

on several media segments, such as the 2017 WUSA Channel 9 Great

Day Washington Memorial Day show, on Military Women Leaders and

Outstanding Women in Leadership, and on a 2017 Comcast show on AARP’s Senior

programs on Caregiving, Brain Health, and Life Reimagined.

She is an AARP ST-MD Executive Council Member, and the prior Executive

Director for “Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets. Dr. Ballard-Blakes has been a

Guest Speaker at several Outreach programs such as the “Pep Rally for Peace in the

Streets (PRPIS)” and acted as a Keynote Speaker for the Prince George’s County

Maryland Alzheimer’s Awareness Rally and the Chamber of Commerce in Camden,

SC on Elderly Caregiving. Dr. Ballard-Blakes is a member of the 2017 AARP and

John Hopkins Focus Group on Dementia. She has also spoken at several Churches,

Libraries, book signings, Senior Centers and community gatherings on Alzheimer’s,

Brain Health, Life Reimaged, Dementia, and Elderly Caregiving. Dr. Ballard-

Blakes is an AARP Virginia and Maryland Diversity Ambassador Volunteer, a

member of the AARP Brain Health Speakers Bureau, an Alzheimer’s Association,

National Capital Chapter Committee Member, and Dementia Friendly American

(DFA) County Leads Committee Member.

Dr. Ballard-Blakes participated in the Joint Security Task Force Center/Personnel

Security Research Center (JSTC/PERSEREC) Personnel Security initiative, the US

Office of Personnel Management Suitability Working Group, the Joint Reform

initiative of qualify improvement in adjudicative processes, the Performance

Accountability Council (PAC) Training Subcommittee, and the Security

Adjudicator Working Group (SAWG) as a Senior Personnel Security subject matter

expert. Dr. Ballard-Blakes has provided several security related briefings and

training on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Ballard-Blakes served as a Personnel Security Specialist Instructor for the

Defense Security Service Education and Training Academy. She was responsible for

developing and presenting expertise training and security awareness throughout the

U.S. and abroad, to Department of Defense (DOD) military, civilians, contractors,

and other Federal agencies personnel. Dr. Ballard-Blakes is currently a Full

Adjunct Professor at Webster University (Joint Anacostia-Bolling, Joint Base

Myers-Henderson Hall, Joint Base Andrews, and Fort Belvoir campuses for over 16

years). She was a nominee of the 2016 Kemper Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr.

Ballard-Blakes was awarded the Webster University 2016 National Capital Region

Faculty Member of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. She

was also awarded the “Women Veterans Rock” 2017 Women Veterans Civic

Leadership & Workforce Development Certificate of Recognition. Dr. Ballard-

Blakes worked for Washington Headquarters Service, Office of the Secretary of

Defense as an Adjudicator, Personnel Security Specialist, Security Awareness

Expert, Total Quality Management Liaison, and Special Security Contact Officer,

who managed the Department of Defense Congressional Program and all

Presidential Commissions and Advisory Boards relevant to the United States

Department of Defense.

She is the first Adjudicator/Personnel Security Specialist to be selected and graduate

from the US Air Force Squadron Officer’s School. Dr. Ballard-Blakes is also a

graduate of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, DOD Executive Leadership Development


Dr. Ballard-Blakes holds a B.A. in Print Journalism, a M.A. in Management, and a

PhD. in Education and Organizational Leadership.