30Jun Fact and Fiction: Intelligence & National Security Careers, Mental Health and Clearances

Fact and Fiction: Intelligence & National Security Careers, Mental Health and Clearances

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Working in a high-stress and often a high-stakes SCIF or deployed environment can be rewarding but can also take a toll on one’s mental health, even in “normal times.” Mix in the myriad of personal and professional stressors from a pandemic and even the most grounded individuals may require extra supports.

Join colleagues from across the intelligence and national security community for this important discussion, “Fact and Fiction: Intelligence and National Security Careers, Mental Health and Clearances” from 2:00-3:00 pm ET on Thursday, June 30.

Speakers at this virtual event will discuss:

  • What types of resources are available to the workforce?
  • Does counseling prohibit someone from acquiring or retaining a security clearance? What about medication?
  • Why does there seem to be more of a stigma around mental health in the IC than in other professions (even pre-pandemic)?
  • What about the SF86? What do you have to disclose?


  • Mark E. Frownfelter, Assistant Director, Special Security Directorate, NCSC
  • Marianna M. Martineau, Assistant Director for Adjudications, DCSA
  • Col. Kenneth McCreedy, USA, Ret., Director, Ft. Meade Alliance Board of Directors, and Chair, Military and Family Committee
  • Dr. Michael Priester, Chief Psychologist, Adjudications, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
  • Amy Gilliland, President, GDIT (moderator)

About our Speakers

Mark Frownfelter is the current Assistant Director for the Special Security Directorate (SSD) within the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC).  Serving three years with SSD, Mr. Frownfelter has worked in support of advancing strategic priorities on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence’s role as the Security Executive Agent.   These priorities include promoting security uniformity and reciprocity throughout the Executive Branch to facilitate the sharing of vital intelligence. He serves as the DNI’s lead on Trusted Workforce 2.0, an initiative designed to modernize and transform cross-government security practices to ensure a more effective, efficient, and timely personnel vetting enterprise.

Marianna M. Martineau currently serves as the Assistant Director for Adjudications within DCSA leading the Adjudications Directorate formerly known as the DoD CAF. As the Assistant Director, Ms. Martineau develops strategic goals and initiatives, leads change across DCSA Adjudications, and delivers high quality, efficiency adjudicative operations.  Prior to this position, Ms. Martineau served as the DoD CAF Deputy Director and Operations Division Chief, where she was responsible for a wide variety of adjudicative mission support services improving adjudication operations and promoting workforce efficiency throughout the organization.

Col. Kenneth McCreedy, USA, Ret., served 26 years in the United States Army as an intelligence officer.  He commanded units at platoon, company, and battalion levels, ultimately commanding Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, an installation which had as its major tenant organizations:  U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the Navy Information Operations Center, the 902d MI Brigade (Counterintelligence), the 704th MI Brigade (Signals Intelligence) and the Air Force’s Signals Intelligence Wing. McCreedy retired from active duty in 2008.


Dr. Michael Priester has been at DoDCAF/DCSA Adjudications since consolidation in 2013 as a clinical psychologist consulting to security professionals. Prior to his entry into Federal service, he worked approximately 20 years in inpatient, residential settings treating adults and adolescents, conducting psychological evaluations and overseeing programs.

About the Moderator

Amy Gilliland is president of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation. GDIT is a $8.5B global technology enterprise with operations in 30 countries worldwide and 30,000 technologists and services professionals delivering critical mission capabilities across defense, civilian and intelligence agencies. Gilliland has more than 25 years of public sector experience including service in the U.S. Navy and nearly two decades in leadership positions at General Dynamics.


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