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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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – March 11, 2019: Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announces that it is now accepting applications for its Teen Leadership Academy (TLA), which will run daily from June 24-28, 2019. The academy is open to teens living in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties entering grades 10, 11, or 12. The program is based at the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick campus, with bus transportation available from the CSM La Plata and CSM Leonardtown locations each day. The application is online at www.leadershipsomd.org under the “Programs” header. Need-based scholarships are available.

TLA is designed to teach and develop leadership skills in a hands-on, experiential program with workshops and visits to meet with leaders in their workplaces throughout the region. This year, students will explore public safety in Southern Maryland.  The academy will feature inspiring speakers as well as excursions to local public safety facilities and the United States Naval Academy.  LSM is able to offer TLA in part thanks to community sponsorships.  This year’s academy is sponsored by BeAthEdge Consulting. LSM is looking for a second organization to co-sponsor, allowing it to keep this unique experience accessible for youth in the tri-county area.

Leadership Southern Maryland offers TLA in addition to its nine-month tuition-based adult executive program.  TLA is an extension of the organization’s mission to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Southern Maryland.

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 Denise Foster, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663 via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – February 22, 2019:  On February 7, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the sixth of nine educational sessions – Public Safety. The day began with an introduction by St. Mary’s County Emergency Management Manager Gerald Gardiner Jr. LSM’15 at the St. Mary’s Count Emergency Communications Center.  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 Chris Strong, meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS), on how NWS shares information to help the counties prepare for weather events.  Class members rounded out the morning with a presentation and tour of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

The afternoon portion of the day included a question and answer session with Sheriff Mike Evans, Sheriff Troy Berry, and Sheriff Tim Cameron hosted at the Paul Hall Center.  The class spent the remainder of the day at the Sacco Firefighting School where they had the opportunity to interact with volunteers from the Fire/EMS departments, get up close and personal with emergency vehicles including the Trooper 7 helicopter, and watch demonstrations by local K9 and SWAT units. The class held a post-session debrief at Olde Town Pub in Leonardtown 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 2020 Executive Program. Interested emerging and senior leaders should visit www.leadershipsomd.org to learn more about the program and apply by April 1, 2019.

Photo Credit: Harry Gieske, Paul Hall Maritime Center

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  It’s a common question asked of small children.  Answers run the gamut but firefighter and police officer often top the list.  This was the case for Chris Breedlove.  During his youth, Breedlove developed a fascination with fire trucks.  At the age of 16, he joined the fire department.  It was then that he realized his love of being in public safety.  As an adult, he set his sights on becoming a police officer and joined the Maryland Transportation Authority in 1999, promoting to the rank of sergeant before retiring on disability in 2010.

Upon his retirement, Breedlove took a position with Calvert County Planning & Zoning as chief of zoning enforcement.  In this role, he enforces the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance.  But public safety is still close to his heart.  Breedlove is an active volunteer with the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department.  He has also had the opportunity to share his love of public safety in his role as an advocate for Leadership Southern Maryland’s (LSM) upcoming public safety session.  The session will feature a tour of the detention facility and county sheriffs panel as well as a K9 demonstration, a landing by Maryland State Police Trooper 7, and more.  In the words of Breedlove and his co-advocate, the session promises to be “the best day of the year and the BEST Public Safety Day to ever be held by LSM.”

Breedlove graduated from LSM in 2018 and looks back on his memories of the program with fondness.  His favorite session was Energy & Environment.  He particularly valued that experience as it gave him the opportunity to take behind-the-scenes tours at SMECO and the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. 

Breedlove resides in Chesapeake Beach with his wife and their son.  In his spare time, he enjoys camping with his family.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 31. 2019: As part of the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Connections program, five members of LSM’s Class of 2018 were asked to create a board development plan for the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau.  The project team produced a number of deliverables for the nonprofit they were working with.  At the project’s conclusion, the team also established the Professional Services Hub.  The hub, run through the Nonprofit Institute at College of Southern Maryland (CSM), offers a solution to the scarcity of board members who have expertise in specific areas.  Rather than every nonprofit board seeking out a member who can provide legal advice, accounting knowledge, or insurance know-how, nonprofit organizations can contact the Professional Services Hub for counsel. This pro-bono program is made possible through the partnership between CSM and LSM grads who volunteer their time and are well-versed in the aforementioned subjects. 

To find out more about the Professional Services Hub at the Nonprofit Institute at CSM, go to https://www.csmd.edu/community/institutes/nonprofit-institute/resources/ or meet with hub representatives at the Ninth Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference on February 21 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 28. 2019: On January 17, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with a panel discussion on healthcare challenges in Southern Maryland.  The discussion featured presentations by representatives from Calvert Health System, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  The morning also included speakers from Walden Behavioral Health and Health Partners, Inc. 

Following a tour of Health Partners’ Waldorf facility, the class boarded a bus and headed to Recovery Centers of America Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment.  There they learned how the center goes about its mission “to save one million lives, one neighborhood at a time.” After a behind-the-scenes tour at the treatment facility, the Class of 2019 traveled to Sagepoint Senior Living Services for an up-close look at the services they offer to seniors.  While at Sagepoint, the class was given the unique opportunity to participate in a dementia exercise that demonstrated the challenges faced by those coping with memory loss and sensory issues.

The healthcare session also included presentations by Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home Executive Director, Sharon Murphy and Melwood Veteran Services Ourtreach Program Manager, Travis Rahill.  Both speakers shed light on some of the programs and services available to veterans in the region.  A panel discussion on public and community health issues capped off the day and featured the health officers from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, and the role health departments play in educating the public were just some of the topics covered by the panel.

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. Applications for the Class of 2020 are being accepted through April 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email denise@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.

Chrisie Mulcahey is a lot of things to a lot of people – executive director of Health Partners, Inc., graduate of the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 and advocate for the 2019 healthcare session, “grammy” to her grandchildren.  Mulcahey puts her heart and soul into each and every role and has a long list of accomplishments to show for it. 

Health Partners, Inc. provides primary health care and dental services for the under-insured and uninsured residents of Southern Maryland.  The organization has two locations in Charles County.  As executive director, Mulcahey supervises the day-to-day operations of both sites’ medical and dental clinics, grant program management, and program implementation of the clinic budget as approved by the board of directors.  Under her direction, Health Partners has made major strides including the transition from a “free clinic” to a “charitable clinic” in 2014, implementing a sliding fee scale and becoming credentialed with Medicaid and Medicare insurance.  Over the last several years, Health Partners has also expanded its staff from four to 15 employees and implemented medical and dental electronic health records.  In addition, Mulcahey oversaw the opening of the Nanjemoy location for primary health care in 2017, adding a dental suite at that clinic just last year.

All this has kept Mulcahey busy, to say the least, but she’s never forgotten the driving force behind her efforts: people.  “A large part of my job is establishing and maintaining positive relationships with government officials, patients, other health care providers, physicians, and the community at large,” she explained.  “I provide leadership, support and guidance to employees and volunteers.”  Mulcahey also serves as a member of several health-focused organizations to help further the reach of quality healthcare in the region.  These include Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County, Charles County Homeless and Emergency Shelter Committee, and Maryland Dental Action Coalition’s Policy Committee.

Despite so many demands on her time, Mulcahey went in search of a deeper connection with her community.  She found it through LSM.  “The LSM opportunity was just what I needed,” she said.  “The opportunity to learn more about my community, interact with other community leaders, and learn about industries outside of healthcare was amazing.  I left the program feeling inspired and empowered and made some great new friends.”

When Mulcahey completed LSM’s Executive Program, she wanted to maintain her connection with the organization.  She is a lead advocate for this year’s healthcare session, helping to plan the experience for the Class of 2019.  She’s also a member of the LSM Development Committee. 

In her spare time, you’ll find Mulcahey spending time with her grandchildren or heading to the beach to recharge.  “Nothing like warm sand, ocean breeze, and the sound of waves to clear your mind and soul,” Mulcahey said.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 14, 2018: On December 6, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the fourth of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program. This session’s topic was education in the region with a focus on career and technology curriculums.  The class began the day at Calvert Career & Technology Academy (CTA) where they were given an overview of the academy’s structure and goals by CTA Principal Mark Wilding.  Wilding also provided information about career and technology educational opportunities throughout the Calvert County public school system.  Class members were able to tour the CTA facility and watch students in action in a variety of courses including graphic arts, welding, HVAC, cyber security, and cosmetology.  LSM participants also sampled the results of the CTA culinary students’ efforts, enjoying from-scratch pastries for breakfast and a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, the class was welcomed to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Hughesville Regional Campus by Dr. Maureen Murphy, CSM president.  They toured the state-of-the-art building devoted to trades education and learned about the college’s course offerings aimed at serving students at a variety of steps along their career paths.  Class members rounded out the day with a panel of experts discussing applied learning and workforce development.  They also participated in a brief group activity allowing them to apply what they’d learned throughout the day to enhance career and technology education in their communities.

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 Denise Foster, executive director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email denise@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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – November 15, 2018: On November 1, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the third of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program – Defense and Industry. Class members headed aboard Naval Support Activity Indian Head where they received an overview of base operations from the host command.  They were also briefed on Naval Ordinance Safety & Security Activity (NOSSA) and heard from the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head EOD Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD), Captain Scott Kraft.  The morning session concluded with remarks by Bonnie Green, executive director of The Patuxent Partnership and Brian Klaas, president of the Military Alliance Council who discussed how the community and the military are working together to build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The afternoon was segmented into tours of various NSWC IHEODTD facilities.  Participants watched an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robotics demonstration and learned about explosive detection equipment.  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 John Hungerford LSM’18, director of Infrastructure Strategy, NSWC IHEODTD.

Most of the Class of 2019 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 The Charles in La Plata, Maryland. Class participants were able to gather and reflect on 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 Denise Foster, executive director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email denise@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.