Dr. Gybrilla Ballard Blakes
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.