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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 11, 2019 – On October 3, 2019, Leadership Southern Maryland’s Class of 2020 held its first of nine program sessions to learn about economic and workforce development in the tri-county region. The program was sponsored by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the Charles County Economic Development Department.  Ruthy Davis LSM ’14, director of regional workforce and business development for Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland was the advocate for the session and planned the day’s events.

The day opened at the Charles County American Job Center in Waldorf, Maryland where the class toured the mobile career center and heard from job service specialist supervisor, Cheryl Thorne of the Maryland Department of Labor.  The group then moved to Regency Furniture Stadium where they were welcomed by Southern Maryland Blue Crabs general manager, Courtney Knichel. This was followed by a panel discussion on economic development current hot topics with the economic development office representatives from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties (Kelly Robertson-Slagle LSM’10, Marcia Keeth LSM’18, Chris Kaselemis).

The class then explored the topic of diversifying the local economy followed by a presentation on creating entrepreneurial communities by Wynne Briscoe, acting director for the southern region of the Small Business Development Center.  The day concluded with Davis along with Pam Wilkerson LSM’19 from the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland briefing the class on meeting the region’s workforce development demands and soft vs. hard skills.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class traveled to the home of LSM board president, Sam Baldwin LSM’16 where they joined graduates and friends to celebrate LSM Homecoming.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program and is designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – August 22, 2019: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 35 Southern Maryland leaders for its 12th class – the Class of 2020.

From Calvert County –

Donna M. Arnstein, director, Center for Family Birth Care for CalvertHealth Medical Center
Dina, M. Davis, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Human Resources
Kathleen L. MacAdams, business retention specialist for Calvert County Department of Economic Development
Judy J. Mackall, zoning planner for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
Sandra V. Wobbleton, transportation division chief for Calvert County Department of Community Resources
Melanie D. Woodson, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Human Resources

From Charles County –

Robert M. Branham, recreation division chief for Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation
Evalyne Bryant-Ward, director of operations for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group
Tara S. Landis, chief learning officer for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Avis D. McMillon, executive director, marketing and communications for College of Southern Maryland
Lucinia F. Mundy, business development specialist for Charles County Department of Economic Development
Lori A. Proctor, director of healthcare for College of Southern Maryland
Trenace N. Richardson, CEO of REAL Women, Inc.
Richard J. Steinmetz, partner at Baldwin, Briscoe, & Steinmetz, P.C.
Jason M. Stoddard, director of school safety and security for Charles County Public Schools
Cynthia V. Vallancourt, senior proposal manager for Sabre Systems, Inc.
Janet L. Virgin, public affairs officer specialist for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Karrie M. Wood, executive vice president, director of retail banking for Community Bank of the Chesapeake

 From St. Mary’s County –

Jerrilyn Borneman, director of development for St. Mary’s Ryken
John J. Brabazon, executive officer of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River
Thomas A. Brewer, manager, environmental health, science and sustainability programs for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jason R. Burroughs, vice president at AV3,Inc.
James “Rusty” Cooper, director, information solutions operating unit for KBR
Anna N. Cotton, small business owner of Maralit Customs and Repairs & Spirits and Splinters
Megan E. de Vos, defense recruiting manager for Smartronix
Kristen D. Kennedy, APMSE analyst, PMA-261 for Precise Systems, Inc.
James “Jay” Mattingly, IV, training and quality assurance coordinator for St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services
Summer L. Raley, vice president at Zenetex, LLC
Erin M. Ramos, management analyst and technical writer for RTR Technologies, LLC
Ellen P. Servetnick, educational outreach office team lead for NAWCAD
Amber B. Starn, epidemiologist and director of health promotions for Charles County Department of Health
Regina L. Steele, director of perioperative services for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
David C. Vollmer, president of Reliable Marine
Michael R. Wick, provost and dean of faculty for St. Mary’s College of Maryland

From Virginia; however, works in St. Mary’s County –

Phil A. Fickes, manager, global military business development – Lexington Park office for Bell Helicopter

Following a two-day opening retreat in September, these class members will attend eight one- or two-day intense sessions focusing on economic and workforce development, defense, education, healthcare, public safety, housing and human services, multiculturalism, and energy and environment. These sessions will conclude with a closing retreat and graduation in May. More than 50 experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated over 350 regional leaders. LSM is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381). Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-SOMD, via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

The power of the past 10 years has given Southern Maryland more than 350 leaders, all striving to make a positive impact in our region. Together, we have successfully collaborated on projects, created a strong network, and expanded our knowledge base.  But, what’s next? Where do we go from here? As we look ahead to the next 10 years, we can do even more. LSM is exploring opportunities for additional programming, partnerships, and new technology; but we need your support. Over the next three years, we plan to host over 20 nonprofit projects and grow our Teen Leadership Academy to 75 graduates or more. Imagine what we could accomplish if we had 10 new donors, or if everyone made a recurring monthly gift of $10 or more. Please consider supporting LSM’s Heritage Fund year round.  To find out more or make your pledge today, click HERE

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