Hi! I’m Mary Beth… MB for short.
Welcome… To my thoughts on life, psychology issues, executive protection, shooting (as well as other “Badass” stuff), obtaining Masters and Doctorate degrees, living with a pot bellied pig (Wilbur Babe), health and fitness, and, now… writing a book. To begin promoting the book, The Protector, while it is in the editing phase, as well as other facets of my life, I am starting this website and blog.
Background: I am a native of Chicago, Illinois (a suburb of Park Ridge). I have spent thirty years of my life in the security, investigative, and psychology fields. Now, I am an author, a blogger, a psychology consultant, a self-esteem mentor, a security consultant, and a public speaker.
Education: My undergraduates studies were at Indiana University in Bloomington where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice along with a minor degree in Spanish Language, following intensive studies at the Universidad de Sevilla. Just over ten years later, I went back to school and earned a Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College in New York City. Just about ten years after that, I decided it was time to take the plunge and I completed a 5-year Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.
Spain: Shortly after college graduation, I moved to Seville, Spain, where I spent three years developing my career skills, pursuing a series of foreign courses, and establishing international relationships. I also traveled all over Europe, with friends and by myself, and returned home with pretty much no money. It was beyond worth it!
U.S. Secret Service: I was recruited into the U.S. Secret Service upon my return to the United States from Spain and began my career as a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office during the Bush Sr. Administration. Believe it or not, I was the ONLY Spanish speaker in the Washington Field Office of the Secret Service – that kept me busy as a new Agent (that’s an understatement). I received what is considered some of the best training in the world and loved every minute.
Post Government: Following my government service, I moved to Lima, Peru with the Organization of American States (OAS) with the duty to protect the OAS ambassador during an international election observation mission. Later, I was recruited on a Department of State contract to protect the President of Haiti during a period of civil and political turmoil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I am the only female to ever officially protect a foreign president outside of the United States. Those are just two examples of my protection missions.
Investigator: In addition to working with various Fortune 500 companies, lending domestic and international protective services to senior executives and their families, I have worked for The Investigative Group, a global leader in investigative intelligence, headquartered in Washington D.C. I was also contracted to lead an inquiry of illegal arms sales during the “Iraqgate” investigation as well as an investigation for ’60 Minutes’ on the Duke Lacrosse scandal.
Forensic Psychology: As part of earning a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology, I worked as a Counselor in the Stalking Unit of Victim Services in the borough of Queens in New York City, during which time I researched and created a Stalking Risk Assessment Prototype. After graduating and moving to San Diego, I co-authored a chapter of the book ‘Stalking Crimes and Victim Protection: Prevention, Intervention, and Threat Assessment’ entitled, “Stalking Trauma Syndrome and the Traumatized Victim”. In addition, I have provided Anti-Stalking training and seminars around the country and have worked on a variety of teams to investigate and mitigate stalkers and stalking cases. I was a member of the Stalking Case Assessment Team and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, both in San Diego, California.
Instructor: Just weeks after September 11th, I was selected to be a member of a five-person VIP Protection Instructor Team, providing Diplomatic Security training to foreign nationals under the U.S. State Department-sponsored Antiterrorism Assistance Program (ATA). I trained hundreds of protection agents from twenty countries at the ATA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Colombia: I worked in Bogotá, Colombia for two and a half years, under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy as the U.S. Security Advisor to the Minister of Defense and the Vice President of Colombia. During this time, I created a VIP Protection Training Program and Training Academy in Bogotá and served as an instructor, training members of the security teams for the President, Vice-President, and Minister of Defense of Colombia.
Post Colombia: Upon my return to the U.S., I reconnected with a former colleague and became the Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Abila Security and Investigations (ASI), based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Doctor MB: I resigned my position with ASI in order to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was a 5-year endeavor and damn if it wasn’t way more work than I ever imagined. No kidding!
Post Doctoral Work: I accepted a Post Doctoral Fellowship as a Psychotherapist at the The Southfield Center for Development in Darien, Connecticut. Here, I provided individual therapy, conducted psycho-educational testing, wrote evaluation reports, and co-lead social cognition groups. My client base was primarily children and adolescents. I also created and ran a week-long summer seminar for adolescent girls entitled, “Your Daughter… Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, Self Defense”.
Today: I am an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. while working on editing and publishing my memoir, The Protector.
Enjoy the site and please contact me with any questions, thoughts, comments, blog post requests, etc. THANK YOU for visiting my website!