Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr., Esq. LSM ’16, Past President
Senior Partner & Founder
The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gadsden “Ed” Rule LSM ’18 (2023)
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.
Thomas Clark LSM ’18 (2023)
Executive Vice President
The MIL Corporation
Thomas Clark is the executive vice president for the MIL Corporation’s Rapid Engineering, Integration, and Prototyping Solutions (REPS) Sector. He is a program manager and project management professional with over 30 years of progressive engineering and technical services and business operations management experience, primarily focused on Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems.
Clark was educated during his five-year enlistment in the United States Navy where he received his information system technician rating and multiple technical certifications in information technology and systems administration. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
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
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.