Crystal Heard is an Electronics Engineer and a Certified Information System Security Professional for the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group at Tinker AFB. In her current position, she serves as the Cyber Systems Integrator for the 26th Network Operating Squadron providing engineering support on cyberspace designs, contract acquisitions, implementation, policy, and doctrine. Crystal represents the organization’s interests by serving on several boards, working groups and committees. Crystal received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 2000. Crystal began her federal career at Tinker AFB in 1996 as a project engineer in the Distribution Systems Branch. Since that time she has held several engineering and supervisory positions including Lead Engineer, Functional Area Evaluator, Network Manager and Director of Air Force Wide Infrastructure Planning. In 2008, Crystal broadened her career by working for 21st Century Technologies, an 8(a), woman-owned, small disadvantaged business as the Contract Manager providing IT support to the Information Technology Directorate of Tinker AFB. In 2010, Ms. Heard returned to the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group as the Air National Guard Engineering and Installation Liaison. Crystal was a professor at the University of Phoenix teaching Mathematics, Business, and Information Technology Courses. Crystal is also a motivational speaker where she has spoken at many venues around the state. When you put a microphone and a bible in her hand, you wonder if she is an engineer or a preacher! Crystal is a member of Toastmasters International where she has served in several leadership capacities as well as obtaining the top award, Distinguished Toastmaster. It is her desire to educate and motivate individuals to think positively and have a balanced life—spiritually, professionally and personally. Her modus operandi-“I have been given the tongue of the wise to speak a word in due season to them that are weary.” Crystal is married to Michael Heard, an IT Analyst for the University of Oklahoma, and they are the proud parents of two sons-Joshua and Joseph.