Barbara Ferguson Kennedy | National Health Association

Barbara Ferguson Kennedy

Vice President

Barbara currently is an International Affairs Analyst for The Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency, CISA, at the Department of Homeland Security.  She is also an adjunct professor in Media and Communications at Marine Corps University, in Quantico, VA.  Additionally, she teaches senior leaders on the Middle East and Islam at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Barbara lived in, and reported from over 46 countries.  As a reporter she was based in Paris and London for 18 years before returning home.

During the Iraq War, Barbara was an embedded war correspondent with the U.S. Marine Corps, where she rode on patrol with the Marines and translated for her units while also teaching them on Arab Culture and Islam.  Since then, she has trained thousands of US service members on operational culture(s) before their deployment to the Middle East.

Barbara and her husband, Tim, are NHA life members.  Barbara’s uncle, Wilson “Brownie” Brownell, was one of the founding members of NHA; he was also responsible for introducing them to a plant-based diet and the organization.