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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – February 16, 2018:  On February 8, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 participated in the sixth of nine educational sessions – Public Safety. The day began with an introduction and welcome by facilitator Gerald Gardiner Jr. LSM’15 at Calvert County Public Safety.  He proceeded to set the tone for the day with a team exercise followed by an overview of public safety in the region.

Next, the class received a brief from Fire/EMS personnel.  Bill Smith (Charles County), Kelly Bell (St. Mary’s County), and Wayne Hardesty (Calvert County) discussed the volunteer Fire and EMS programs and their recruitment challenges.  The morning was capped off with an introduction to the Southern Maryland Information Center, where law enforcement collects, evaluates, and disseminates information on known or suspected criminal violators, groups, or organizations for analytical exploitation.  Chris Strong, meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS), was also on-hand to explain how NWS shares information to help the counties prepare for weather events.

The afternoon portion of the session included a presentation about narcotics.  The class also had the opportunity to interact with volunteers from the Fire/EMS departments, get up close and personal with emergency vehicles, and tour the Calvert County Detention Center.  Al Jeffery, division chief of emergency management for Calvert County, wrapped up the day with a discussion on emergency management and collaborative efforts among the Southern Maryland counties.  The class adjourned and members headed to Brick Wood Fired Bistro in Prince Frederick to discuss the day’s events.

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.

Leadership Southern Maryland is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019 Executive Program. Interested emerging and senior leaders should visit www.leadershipsomd.org to learn more about the program and apply by April 1, 2018.

 

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Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization 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 the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

John Felicitas, LSM’13 “Best Class Ever!”

When John Felicitas applied to Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program, he was newly retired after working in education for 37 years. “The nine-month Executive Program not only renewed my passion for involvement but has allowed me to continue working in the area of diversity as well as the Teen Leadership Academy (TLA),” he said.  Felicitas has been an active alumnus with LSM, participates in several facets of the organization, served as president of the board, and is instrumental in planning the TLA curriculum each year.

Felicitas’ dedication to LSM is just one piece of his community involvement puzzle.  He is the owner and operator of Be-AThEdge, a company that offers education, consulting and training in the area of diversity.  The company aims to “define diversity one human at a time” and Felicitas has served on advisory committees at both the College of Southern Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland to further that aim.  He is also involved in the Southern Maryland community through volunteer activities, financial sponsorship of events, and organizational advisory committees.  Felicitas lends his time and talents to Mission of Mercy, The Conversation Starters, and Three Oaks Veterans Stand Down Day just to name a few.  He stays connected with his roots in youth education, not only through his involvement with TLA but also by assisting with senior portfolio interviews and STI 8th grade interviews for North Point High School in Charles County.  Somehow, Felicitas still finds time to relax and recharge.  His favorite activities include traveling, cooking, watching movies, and dancing with his Zumba friends.

Ella Fitzgerald was quoted as saying “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”  That may be true; but it’s hard to deny that while your roots may not determine your path in life, they do determine what you carry with you as you go.  Felicitas took a careful look at where he’d been, where he was at, and where he was headed during one of the exercises that his class took part in at LSM’s orientation retreat. “Though I have used this exercise in my teaching, this was the first time for me, as a participant, to feel the movement back and forth for each question,” he explained.  “I, and another classmate, ended at the very back [of the group].  My initial response was sadness, then pride for what I, as a POC (person of color), have accomplished in my life that allowed me to be a part of LSM ’13.”

Felicitas took what he learned about himself and his community, not only during orientation but throughout the Executive Program, and used it to direct his energy towards bettering Southern Maryland.  “Participating in LSM broadened my view of my backyard to all the wonderful opportunities to become involved,” he explained.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 31, 2018: Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announces that it is now accepting applications for its Teen Leadership Academy, which will run daily from June 25-28, 2018. The academy is open to teens living in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County entering grades 10, 11, or 12. The program is based at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, with bus transportation available from the CSM La Plata and CSM Leonardtown campuses each day. The application is online at www.leadershipsomd.org under the “Programs” header.

The Teen Leadership Academy is designed to teach and develop leadership skills in a hands-on, experiential program with workshops and visits to meet with regional leaders in their workplaces throughout Southern Maryland. This year, students will explore healthcare in Southern Maryland with a focus on veterans in our community.  LSM has proudly partnered with HTii in support of the academy and is looking for a second organization to co-sponsor, allowing us to keep this unique experience accessible for youth in the tri-county area.

Leadership Southern Maryland offers the Teen Leadership Academy in addition to its nine-month tuition-based adult executive program 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.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization 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 the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 26, 2018:  On January 18, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2017-18 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with the class participants visiting one of the three hospitals in the region – CalvertHealth Medical Center, University of Maryland-Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital – for an in-depth brief of the hospital, its capabilities, specialized types of treatment/service lines offered, and a walking tour of the facility.

By mid-morning, the classmates met at Walden Behavioral Health’s Anchor Treatment Center in Charlotte Hall where they were welcomed by Executive Director Dr. Kathleen O’Brien.  After a tour of the treatment center, Dr. O’Brien briefed the class on substance abuse and the impacts it has on those who suffer from the disease, their families, and the community as a whole.  Her presentation was followed by personal testimonies from people undergoing treatment who were willing to share their life experiences.

At the conclusion of the testimonies, the participants transitioned to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall.  They began the afternoon with an informational session on current issues in healthcare presented by Mike Robbins, senior vice president for the Maryland Hospital Association.  This was followed by a tour and overview of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. The class also learned of Melwood’s Operation Tohidu, a program that is helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress.

The day concluded with a panel discussion on public and community health issues facilitated by Tony Jones LSM’16, public information officer for St. Mary’s County.  The panel members, Dr. Dianna Abney LSM’15, Charles County health officer, and Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, St. Mary’s County health officer, answered questions about challenges facing local healthcare departments, the opioid crisis, and what keeps them up at night.  Following the discussion, Dr. Abney, conducted a certification course on administering naloxone, which blocks or reverses the effects of opioids.

After the official program ended, members from the Class of 2018 reconvened at Tequila Cantina and Grill to attend an After Hours Social hosted by LSM’s Alumni Association, giving them an opportunity to go over the day’s events and decompress from a session that was both thought-provoking and impactful.  The day’s success can be attributed to Dr. Rebecca Bridgett LSM’14, county administrator for St. Mary’s County, and Tony Jones who gave their time and talents into planning the day’s agenda.  The support and hospitality of the staff at the three regional hospitals, Walden Behavioral Health, and Charlotte Hall Veterans Home were also instrumental in making this class session both educational and inspiring.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

For more information, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

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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.

Eric Bailey, LSM’12 “Best Class Ever!”

One of the unique aspects of Leadership Southern Maryland is the way in which it brings people together who might not have crossed paths otherwise. The class is diverse in many ways, which brings a true melting pot quality to the experience. LSM delivers educational and inspiring programming, but, oftentimes, the personal connections are just as impactful. That was the case for Eric Bailey, LSM Class of 2012.

Bailey’s fondest LSM memory was created on the very first day of the Executive program at orientation. “Everyone started out as strangers and not feeling completely comfortable around each other; but by the end of the day, relationships had started to develop,” he recalls. Connecting with his classmates led to personal growth which brought about exciting changes in Bailey’s life. “My career path is about the same since then, but my personal life has changed the most. When I started with LSM my wife and I did not have any kids, but we now have 4. I spend a greater amount of my time and energy now focusing on my family than previously,” he said.

Outside of his personal life, Bailey directs his energy towards his career, working as a project manager for Marrick Properties, a residential and commercial developer in Southern Maryland. In this role, he acts as project manager for new commercial projects and property manager for existing properties, totaling approximately 500,000 SF of space. It’s no surprise that, when he has a chance to recharge, he’s likely to seize the opportunity to spend time with his family.

Finding and maintaining balance between career and family is one of the most precious lessons one can learn. LSM’s Executive program sessions are educational and thought-provoking, but it’s the people that make up the class that make each year a truly unique learning experience.

 

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 15, 2017: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors announced today that it has begun the search process for its next executive director. Leadership Southern Maryland is the premier leadership program for the Southern Maryland region, with more than 300 alumni in its 10-year history

The successful candidate will sustain and grow the quality, content, composition and stature of LSM. Potential candidates are encouraged to download the job vacancy announcement on the LSM website, www.leadershipsomd.org. Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For questions about the position or the application process, please email edsearch@leadershipsomd.org.

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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 creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting 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.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization 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 the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

 

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 15, 2017: On December 7, 2017, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 participated in the fourth of nine educational sessions for the 2017-18 LSM Executive Program – Defense and Industry. The one-day event began at the Town of Indian Head Pavilion, where participants were welcomed by Mayor Brandon Paulin and were introduced to sailors from the US Navy Color Guard stationed at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren. The class also learned about the Velocity Lab, a joint effort between NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) and the College of Southern Maryland to foster innovation, research, and development, and heard about how employers support the Maryland National Guard and the Military Reserves.

Class members then headed aboard Naval Support Activity Indian Head where they received an overview of base operations from the host command. They were also briefed on the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) and the structure and various missions of the NSWC IHEODTD. The morning wrapped up with a discussion about the Center for Industrial & Technical Excellence Partnership between NSWC IHEODTD and NAMMO Energetics Indian Head (NEIH) during which Scott Wilmoth, customer advocate for Air Applications at NSWC IHEODTD, and Keith Funkhouser, NEIH consultant for Propulsion & Armaments, fielded questions about how the command is partnering with private industries to create mutually beneficial relationships.

The afternoon was segmented into tours of various NSWC IHEODTD facilities. Participants watched an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robotics demonstration and received an engineering brief about aircraft ejection seats. They then toured the cartridge- and propellant-actuated devices (CAD/PAD) manufacturing facility and a detonation science building. The day ended with a behind-the-scenes look at the 420 gallon mixer and a question and answer session with several scientists and engineers working in the Energetics Laboratory. As the class traveled around the base, they were treated to a windshield tour by Becky D’Ambrosio LSM’17, director of Public and Congressional Affairs, and Mike Adams, business director for NSWC IHEODTD.

Most of the Class of 2018 had never had the opportunity to see what goes on at NSWC IHEODTD. The day was both educational and inspiring and participants were left with a new-found understanding of the ways in which the defense and supporting industries in Indian Head critically impact our region.

The class wrapped up the day with a networking event hosted by the LSM Alumni Association at Casey Jones in La Plata, Maryland. Class participants were able to meet and interact with LSM alumni, nearly 300 strong, to discuss the day’s experiences and lessons learned.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

For more information, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

Lee Capristo, LSM’11 “Best Class Ever!”

When the newest LSM class kicks off each fall, the participants begin their journey at orientation. This is a time when connections are made, relationships are forged and class members are introduced to the framework of LSM – what it is and what they can expect to gain over the ensuing nine months. While every individual’s take-away is unique, there is one common thread – LSM impacts the lives of everyone it touches.

Lee Capristo, LSM Class of 2011, is a perfect example. Capristo truly embodies the effect of LSM’s mission to educate and inspire. Her favorite LSM moment took place during the public safety session. “We went to the firefighting school in La Plata and watched as the trainees practiced on an actual burning building,” she said. “When the fire was out and the trainees removed their helmets, I realized that they were high school students, learning to be firefighters for their local volunteer squads. That made an impression on me of the responsibility of all citizens to commit to the safety and welfare of their communities.”

Not only was Capristo impacted by the educational sessions during LSM’s executive program, she was also inspired by an honorary founding member of the organization. Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO of Strathmore (www.strathmore.com). “I got to know him the same way that all other LSM program participants have: as a program facilitator,” she said. “The more I learned about him, the more he inspired me. He has a wry sense of humor, lifts up those who need a confidence boost, gently reins in those who need a nudge in that direction, appreciates the arts and is committed to their preservation,” she explained. “He’s a true Renaissance Man.”

Capristo continues to pay forward the insights she gained through LSM. “Like so many of my classmates, when my LSM program experience ended, I looked for a way to stay involved,” she explained. Capristo volunteered as an advocate for education day, then joined the LSM board of directors. She has served as board president (2015-2016) and recently orchestrated an internship opportunity through St. Mary’s College of Maryland (www.smcm.edu).

Outside of LSM, Capristo works as the director of publications at St. Mary’s College where she writes and edits copy for the College’s marketing and communications efforts, helping with admissions and institutional advancement objectives. She’s also the editor of the College’s magazine, the Mulberry Tree. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the state’s only public honors college. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master of arts in teaching degrees.

“LSM gave me a mid-career confidence boost, a way to give back in my community, and an opportunity to help the next generation of community leaders,” she said.

Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) has announced the addition of Alexandra Paglia to its team.  

Paglia, of Forest Hill, Maryland, is interning with LSM during her senior year at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). She is helping the organization to carry out its media and communications plan with a focus on social media interactions.  Paglia is also assisting LSM with the creation of marketing materials and print communications. 

Paglia has been active in her college community. She was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and is currently serving as secretary for the SMCM Economics Club. This fall, she acted as a peer mentor at SMCM serving as a liaison between first year students and professors and facilitating outside learning opportunities.  Paglia has volunteered her time with both Youth Opportunity and Remington Homework Center where she has tutored young adults and inner city youth in Baltimore.  

Paglia is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in economics and expects to graduate this spring. 

On November 2, 2017, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 participated in the third of nine educational sessions – Education – sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland and Charles County Public Schools. The day was hosted at the James E. Richmond Science Center at St. Charles High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Lead Advocate Katie O’Malley-Simpson LSM’16, director of communications/ media relations for Charles County Public Schools, gave the introduction and welcome along with Advocate Larisa Pfeiffer LSM’16, community relations coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland. The first topic of the day was “How do we serve ALL students?”, a discussion led by Glennis Daniels-Bacchus, associate director of disability support services for the College of Southern Maryland and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for its La Plata Campus. She and her transition team explained the process of helping high school students understand and utilize the services available to them under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the college realm and the workforce. This was followed by a tour of St. Charles High School and a demonstration of the Science Center’s planetarium. Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of the College of Southern Maryland, wrapped up the morning with a presentation on the college and all of its successes.

In the afternoon, Drew Carter, student member of the Board of Education of Charles County facilitated a panel of students from the tri-county area. Students discussed positives and negatives of their high school education like class rank, grade recovery, and college preparation. Carter also presided over a panel of representatives for the superintendents for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The class members had a chance to hear about the public school systems’ budgets, facilities, competences, assessments, and challenges from Lisa Bachner, director of curriculum and instruction, St. Mary’s County Public Schools; Linda Gill, executive director of schools, Charles County Public Schools; and Kimberly Roof, director of student services, Calvert County Public Schools. The day was rounded out with an overview of unique educational opportunities facilitated by Larisa Pfeiffer LSM’16 and included presentations about the Summit Learning Platform (Kelley Adams, principal at Plum Point Middle School), SMCR, Inc., (Bonnie Elward, executive director), Southern Maryland Studies Center (Anna Kephart, coordinator), Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (Jason Morgan, regional director for Eastern Maryland & Regional Center Operation for UMUC), Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (Dr. Mel Powell, executive director), and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Dr. Christine Wooley, chair & associate professor of English).

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.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization 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 the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd.org