Celebrating 11 years of excellence connecting, collaborating,
and creating change in our community.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – July 8, 2019: Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations within Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties to provide projects to be completed by the LSM Class of 2020. This year, proposals will be accepted from both 501(c)(3) and community-focused organizations.

To view the Request for Proposal (RFP) or submit a proposal, click HERE. The deadline is August 1, 2019, after which all proposals will be reviewed and selections will be made by mid-August. A maximum of eight projects will be chosen to form the Leadership Southern Maryland Connections project list for 2020. To see successful past projects, click HERE. LSM will also host a question and answer session on July 23, 9:30 am at the St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce for organizations interested in submitting proposals.

The mission of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is 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.

In keeping with this mission, Leadership Southern Maryland is looking to establish a partnership with nonprofit organizations within the Southern Maryland region. This partnership, Leadership Southern Maryland Connections, will aid the participants’ learning by increasing their knowledge of regional issues, lend the nonprofit extra expertise and manpower to complete a needed project, and allow for team building within a small group. Leadership Southern Maryland Connections will affect change for the organization and region while enabling participants to go beyond simply connecting the dots of regional issues by connecting themselves to the organizations to become a part of lasting change.

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


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.

On June 13, Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) welcomed several new members to its board of directors.  Each person adds their own unique perspectives and experiences to the group, helping LSM to continue its mission to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders in Southern Maryland.  Included on the new roster are Christina Johannsen LSM’19, Tom Jones LSM’19, Mike Colina LMD’00 and Joan Thorp LSM’18.

Christina Johannsen is a senior analyst for WBB, Inc. and resides in St. Mary’s County.  During her seven years with the company, she has performed program management support, both internally for WBB, and externally for her Navy and Air Force clients.  Johannsen is heavily involved in the community.  She is the founder of NextGen Professionals, St. Mary’s County’s independent young professionals’ organization.  “I have found a particular passion in the Southern Maryland community in terms of connections, workforce retention, and engaging the millennial cohort in viewing Southern Maryland – and St. Mary’s County in particular – as home,” she said.  Johannsen plans to continue to bring that passion for emerging leaders to her role as a board member for LSM.  “I wanted to join the LSM board to help the organization focus on ensuring that strategically LSM has a robust portfolio which offers opportunities for all stages of leadership,” she explained.

Incoming board member Tom Jones felt drawn to join the LSM board after graduating with the Class of 2019 and feeling called to give back to the organization and his community.  Jones is the division chief for Buildings and Grounds in Calvert County.  Jones has a heart to help others, serving as the house captain for Christmas in April in Calvert County for the last three years.  He also volunteers at the Calvert Marine Museum during its summer concert season.  “While I was attending the LSM program in 2019, I realized the impact it has on the region.  I was at a point in my career where I wanted to be more involved in the community and this provides the perfect opportunity,” he said.

LSM Class of 2018’s Joan Thorp hails from El Paso, Texas but has called Port Republic, Maryland home for the past 36 years.  Thorp is the assistant chief of accounting for Charles County Government, the department responsible for the county payroll, ensuring that the county’s bills are paid and accounts receivable are tracked, preparation of the annual audited financial reports, and a host of other financial tasks.  “My LSM experience helped me to become a more knowledgeable and active member of my community,” she said.  When she was first approached about joining the LSM board, Thorp was concerned about the time commitment.  She already serves on the budget committee for her community’s homeowners’ association and plays the clarinet with her church’s choir and the Southern Maryland Concert Band.  After careful consideration however, she realized she didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to stay connected with LSM.  “I want to help ensure that the LSM program continues and flourishes,” she said.

Of course, welcoming new board members means LSM bid a fond farewell to those who have completed their terms.  The organization extends its gratitude to past president John Felicitas LSM’13 who will continue to support LSM on the Leadership Council as well as Linda Colina LSM’16, Anna Fagan LSM’14, and Angela Walters Small LSM’16 for lending their time and talents to the organization over the past several years.

LSM’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament was held on June 7 at Breton Bay Golf & Country Club.  Congratulations to this year’s winning team:  Scott Reeves (LSM’14), Wayne Reeves, Michelle Russell LSM’11, & David Edelen.  For pictures from the event, click HERE

Teens had so many unique experiences at LSM’s Teen Leadership Academy last month!  Activities included a visit to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, an opportunity to interact with volunteer firefighters from Huntingtown and Prince Frederick, and a visit to Washington DC.  They also learned a great deal from guest speakers and from each other through activities that fostered communication and strategic thinking.  Check out photos from the week HERE

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

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.