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.
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 and spouses 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 six curricula of rigorous focus 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. Additionally, she spearheaded and oversaw two separate robotics programs, as well as, designed 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.
In October 2015, Ms. Ives was selected as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Southern Maryland. In this position, she works closely with southern Maryland schools, business and defense industries, military, and nonprofit organizations to establish or enhance relationships to support the college and strengthen the region. Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing the Nonprofit Institute which assists southern Maryland nonprofit organizations in their mission through resource support, training opportunities, and direct assistance.
A 2009 Leadership Southern Maryland graduate, Ms. Ives serves on the Board of Directors for Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART), Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, the Business Education Community Alliance (BECA), the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), 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 the of St. Mary’s College of Maryland Arts Alliance Steering Committee, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Council member, and a proactive board member on Warfighters Advance.
Ms. Ives is the co-owner and COO of GI Enterprises LLC, a service-disabled veteran owned small business, co-owned by two veterans which supports professional and administrative services with an expertise in executive educational consulting.