BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Beth Cook, LSM ’17, LMD ‘19 (2023)
Director, Planning & Zoning
Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
Mary Beth Cook was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Cook began her civil engineering career at a private engineering firm in Silver Spring, Maryland. She moved to Calvert County in 1990 and was hired as an engineer IV by the St. Mary’s County Public Works Department. This led to her first position with Calvert County Government.
Cook’s career with Calvert County spans more than 28 years. She is currently the director for the Department of Planning & Zoning. Cook resides in Calvert County with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, biking, and kayaking.
Vice President (2023)
Gadsden “Ed” Rule LSM ’18 (2022)
Naval Systems, Inc.
Gadsden “Ed” Rule grew up in Northern Virginia, earning a bachelor’s of business administration from William and Mary. After two years as a salesman and entrepreneur, he joined the United States Navy and served 20 years as a supply corps officer and acquisition professional, earning an MBA from the University of Georgia. Rule transitioned from the Navy to a consultant position with Booz|Allen|Hamilton in 2000. He joined a start-up in 2002 as chief operating officer, then co-founded Naval Systems, Inc. (NSI) in early 2004, serving as its president ever since.
Rule is a father of four grown sons. He married his former college sweetheart, Sally Harwood, in October 2016. Rule also serves on the board of directors of The Patuxent Partnership.
Joan Thorp, LSM ’18 (2023)
Assistant Chief of Accounting
Charles County Government
Joan Thorp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She worked for Calvert County Government for over 13 years in the Department of Finance and Budget. In 2019, Thorp was hired as the assistant chief of accounting for Fiscal & Administrative Services, Charles County Government.
Thorp is a former president of the Scientists Cliffs Association and the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Association of CPAs. She is a member of several professional organizations including the AICPA and national GFOA. Thorp currently plays clarinet with the Southern Maryland Community Band. She currently resides in Port Republic with her husband, John. The couple has three grown daughters.
Joe “Mort” Mortenson LSM ’16 (2023)
United States Marine Corps
Colonel Joe “Mort” Mortensen, USMC (Ret.) is a native of Albion, Nebraska. Mortensen enjoyed a 29-year Marine Corps career retiring in May 2009. He served in a wide variety of leadership positions that included commander, Naval Test Wing Atlantic and commanding officer, and chief test pilot, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23. After his Marine Corps career, Mortensen joined United States Federal Civil Service. He retired from federal service in July 2020.
Mortensen received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Master of Science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School and completed a fellowship with the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Immediate Past President (2023)
Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr., Esq. LSM ’16 (2022)
Senior Partner & Founder
The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.
Samuel Baldwin is a senior partner and founder of The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. Baldwin has practiced family law for over 30 years and handles cases across Southern Maryland. He is a graduate of University of Virginia and the University of Chicago School of Hospitals & Clinics. Baldwin pursued his law degree at University of Baltimore’s School of Law and graduated in 1984.
Baldwin has supported various community and civic organizations, including St. Mary’s City Foundation where he created their signature summer event, Beer Fest, and is an active volunteer for Historic Sotterley. He recently completed an online history of St. Mary’s County, “The John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project.”