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Barbara A. Ives
A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Barbara Ives earned a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy and became a member of the Class of 1980, the first class to include women in service academy history. She graduated with honors and was commissioned as a Naval Officer and served for over six years on active duty with a Meteorology and Oceanography specialty. She transitioned to the Naval Reserve and served a total of 27 years attaining the rank of Captain in the senior most leadership position in the Naval Reserve’s Meteorology and Oceanography community. While in the Navy Reserve, Captain Ives held two command positions culminating with a major command at Stennis Space Center as the Commanding Officer for the U.S. Navy Reserve Meteorology and Oceanography Headquarters Command. In this position, Ms. Ives was responsible for the professional and educational development and operations of eleven support organizations located throughout the United States which included over 300 meteorologists, oceanographers, and environmental technicians. During this leadership assignment, Captain Ives streamlined the organizational structure to improve communications and to better support the Navy’s active duty force, and redesigned the training program to increase young sailor participation and opportunity for promotion. During this time, she also actively pursued a parallel career as an educator and a leader in academia. Ms. Ives began her teaching career as a certified instructor in the California Community College system in 1982 and due to numerous Navy assignments in locations across the country, she also taught in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Maryland. Her focus has been in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), and based upon her extensive experience, she is a certified science fair judge for the Office of Naval Research in three states. Following her family’s assignment in 2001 to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, home of the Navy’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Center of Excellence for all Naval Aviation engineering and technology programs, Ms. Ives began to teach at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland and was selected as the Math Department Chairperson. She was also selected as the Veteran Teacher of the Year for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. and was honored by the Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Governor of Maryland, as a National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher. Ms. Ives also founded and served as the Director of the Individual Augmentee Spouse Support Group (IASSG), an organization designed to support the spouses and families of Individual Augmentees (service members serving overseas fighting the Global War on Terror). Her work and program she developed served as the model for all Navy IASSG programs throughout the country. She was awarded the Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her achievements and also was presented the Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award for her support of over 450 spouses and their families during her service. In July 2008, Ms. Ives was selected as Dean of Academics for St. Mary’s Ryken High School and quickly developed and implemented a number of innovative and highly effective academic and leadership programs directly related to STEAM. She was recognized as a Xaverian Pillar of the Community Leader for her development, implementation, and management of the Xaverian Programs of Academic Excellence (XPAX) and STEAM curriculum development, grant funding acquisition and administrative leadership. In the XPAX program, Ms. Ives designed and managed six curricula of college level rigor to prepare high school students for college majors in: STEM fields, Medicine and Medical Sciences, Language Arts and Social Sciences, Computer Science, International Relations and Global Studies, and Fine Arts. Through her dedicated efforts in promoting Advanced Placement (AP) courses for college preparedness, Ms. Ives increased the number of administered Advance Placement Exam tests by 150% and more than doubled the number of testing participants. She developed a Social Justice Program for underclassmen to better understand digital citizenship and a mentor program for incoming freshmen to assist in acclimating to a rigorous college preparatory environment. In a competitive setting environment for grant funding, Ms. Ives singularly won grants for STEM related enrichment activities for three consecutive years. Additionally, she spearheaded and oversaw two separate robotics programs, as well as, designed and conducted a Middle School Leadership Course which partnered with Leadership Southern Maryland LEAD High School Leadership Program to partner young Middle School leaders with proven government leaders at the local, state and national levels. Within the arts, Ms. Ives has built a partnership with the St. Mary’s College Arts Alliance to offer theater, visual art, and poetry workshops to students throughout the school year. Through a partnership with the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, she arranged summer high school student internship opportunities to manage and operate the Mach-Combat simulator systems. A 2009 Leadership Southern Maryland graduate, Ms. Ives serves on the Board of Directors for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Business Education Community Alliance (BECA). She is also the Education Vice President for the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), member of the Board of Directors and Education Committee for Xaverian High School in Brooklyn NY, Chairperson for the Charity Committee of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, member of the Board of Directors of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Arts Alliance Steering Committee, member of the St. John Francis Regis Parish Council, and a working member on a number of veteran support groups. Ms. Ives is currently President and CEO of GI Enterprises LLC (GIEnt), a consulting firm specializing in providing creative, meaningful and impactful STEAM educational solutions for the her clients.