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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – March 19, 2019: On March 7, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the seventh of nine educational sessions – Housing and Human Services.

The morning began with Cathy Meyers, LSM founding sponsor and executive director at Center for Children, Inc., presenting the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) assessment. Afterward, she gave context to the assessment, educating the class on how childhood experiences, poverty, mental health, and homelessness can be intertwined and how adverse childhood experiences can affect one’s ability to thrive. The class also received an overview of human services in Southern Maryland thanks to a presentation by Department of Social Services directors Therese Wolfe (Charles) and Alexis Zoss (St. Mary’s).

Chris Longmore LSM’09, attorney and partner at Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, led the lunchtime activity and discussion on how we, as leaders, can help with housing and human services issues in our own communities and beyond. Next, the class heard from Jennifer Moreland LSM’17, director of community resources for Calvert County Government who spoke about collaborative efforts in the region. She was followed by a presentation by Lisa Blottenberger, owner of Boundless Expectations, on resources for families impacted by learning differences. The session concluded with a discussion on innovative approaches to intervening in homelessness by Sandy Washington of LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc. and remarks by Karen Carloni LSM’17 from Southern Maryland Community Network on investing in human potential.

The class wrapped up their day with a networking event at Elements Eatery and Mixology in Lexington Park. Class participants were able to meet and interact with LSM alumni, over 300 strong, and reflect on the day’s events.

Christina Payne is a perfect example of a leader who helps and a helper who leads.  The newly promoted vice president of human resources and corporate relations at Precise Systems, Payne spends her time outside of the office actively working to make her community better.  Whether it’s buying local and supporting small local businesses, coaching youth field hockey, or organizing a 5K for Foundation 4 Heroes, she’s always looking for ways to get involved and support causes that inspire her.  Payne also dedicates her time to helping individuals write and enhance their resumes.  She guides them through the process of applying for a job and acing the interview.  “This has brought me some of the biggest personal wins,” Payne said.  “Helping be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself will deliver happiness in your life.”

That approach makes it no surprise that Payne volunteered to be the lead advocate for Leadership Southern Maryland’s (LSM) Housing and Human Services session.  A 2015 graduate of the Executive Program, Payne credits her LSM experience with helping her to build self-confidence and wisdom while becoming a more well-rounded leader.  “I had the opportunity to get to know myself a little better by exploring my motivation to lead and to test my level of self-confidence, my emotional intelligence, and other qualities that are needed to become a good leader,” she said.  She also appreciated the opportunity LSM gave her to “network with other regional leaders, share challenges and accomplishments, and make a new support net for the future.”

Payne has kept strong ties with LSM over the years, serving as a program session advocate on more than one occasion.  “My favorite memory is of the year after I graduated with the “Best Class Ever” and assumed the role of Housing and Human Services day advocate,” Payne said.  “I was so nervous about the agenda, speakers and how the students would take to the day I had planned.”  The day was a great success and Payne continues to build on that experience to offer a session this year that will engage the Class of 2019 and open their eyes to housing and human services in the region.  “It was very special to me to share my passion for helping others in that forum,” she said.

Payne’s other passions include supporting and watching her daughter play volleyball and competitively dance.  She also enjoys “glamping” with her family and has recently taken up the hobby of home staging as she moves through the process of designing her new home.

LSM’s Executive Program is a meaningful opportunity for individuals to reflect on the importance of leadership, differing opinions and perspectives, to build rewarding relationships, and to act on networking and community trusteeship to make a difference in their communities.  Ready to get started?  Click HERE to apply today!

The power of the past 10 years has given Southern Maryland more than 325 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

Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 kicked off this year’s Executive Program on September 10th and 11th at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa.  This marked the begining of their nine-month educational journey which will include the exploration of topics like defense and industry, healthcare, and housing and human services in the tri-county region.  The class is also working on a variety of projects to serve area nonprofits through the Leaedership Southern Maryland Connections program.  The Executive Program will conclude with Graduation L.S.M. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.