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“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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 31, 2018 – On October 4, 2018, Leadership Southern Maryland’s Class of 2019 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 held at Sabre Systems, Inc. in Lexington Park, Maryland.  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 with a welcome to Sabre Systems by Jamie Norris, vice president, National Defense Sector for Sabre. 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 with presentations by Matt Scassero, director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, and Matt Parker, senior agent associate for University of Maryland Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources. This discussion included the development of civilian and commercial unmanned aviation systems in the region and the growth of oyster aquaculture in the area.

The morning concluded with Ellen Flowers-Fields LSM’09, regional director, southern region for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Flowers-Fields offered examples of supporting business development and growth through entrepreneurial communities through the SBDC.

In the afternoon, Ruthy Davis and Rodney Giles, special programs coordinator for the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland shared efforts by the Tri-County Council to meet the region’s demands for workforce development. This session was followed by a tour of the JobSource American Job Center in Lexington Park by Davis and the JobSource Mobile Career Center, led by Hans Welch, mobile career center coordinator for the Tri-County Council.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class adjourned to Pax River Ale House in Lexington Park for an after-hours social where they talked through the events of the day and met up with LSM grads.

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.

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

LEONARDTOWN, MD,- Oct. 5, 2018:  Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announces that its Heritage Award for Leadership will be presented to Tom Jarboe on Oct. 28, 2018, at LSM’s 10th Anniversary & Class of 2019 Welcome Celebration to be held at Middleton Hall in Waldorf.

Leadership Southern Maryland created the Annual Heritage Award Reception in 2012 in celebration of the milestone of welcoming a fifth class, the Class of 2013, to the program.  To further commemorate LSM activities, a distinctive honor was created to recognize and pay tribute to achievements within the region in the areas of leadership, service, and mentoring.   The LSM Heritage Award is the organization’s highest honor. Award criteria were established for each of the three divisions of the award, which will be presented in a three-year rotation process. This year, the Heritage Award Reception will be integrated into the 10th Anniversary Celebration.

This year’s award is given to Jarboe in recognition of his track record of collaborative and inclusive leadership that makes a difference in his field and community.  Jarboe is a first-term member of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and represents District One (Ridge, Piney Point, and St. George’s Island). A lifetime St. Mary’s County resident, Jarboe earned a BA in behavioral science and an MS in international commerce from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and a founding member of Leadership Southern Maryland.

Jarboe is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Upon leaving the service, he worked for Sierra Management Technologies as a flight operations coordinator for the V-22 Integrated Test Team before going to Eagan McAllister Associates to work as a deputy program manager. He then left to start his own defense contracting company, Technology Security Associates, Inc. where he led as chief operating officer until September 2014.

Jarboe currently serves as president of Kieyos, LLC, an international trade company. With its corporate headquarters located in Lexington Park, Maryland, and offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Rochester, New York; and Huntsville, Alabama, Kieyos is well-known in the international trade industry for its expertise in international traffic in arms (U.S. State Department) and export administration and regulations (Commerce Department) licensing, customs brokering, freight forwarding, and international business trade development. Jarboe is a certified professional in ITAR export compliance (ECoP-ITAR).

An active leader in the community, Jarboe has served as president of the board of directors for Leadership Southern Maryland, chairman of the board of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the St. Mary’s County Local Emergency Planning Commission, and counselor for the Wounded Warrior Initiative at Fort Meade. He has served as a board member of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance and co-chair of the SMNA BRAC Committee. He was also a member of the BWTech Cyber Advisory Board for the State of Maryland, BRAC Business Initiative in Howard County, Baltimore Council for Foreign Affairs, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Patuxent Partnership, the World Trade Center Institute, and the Washington International Trade Association.

In 2013, Jarboe was named the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He currently lives in St. Mary’s City with his wife, Shannon, and has three sons: Nick, Christian, and Luke.

Jarboe follows last year’s awardee, John McAllister, who was recognized for his mentoring contributions to the region,

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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.

LEONARDTOWN, MD,- August 21, 2018:The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 37 Southern Maryland leaders for its 11th class – the Class of 2019.

From Calvert County –

Susan E. Alexander, vice president/ CFO for PSI Pax, Inc.
Danielle L. Conrow, deputy director of engineering and highways for Calvert County Department of Public Works
Meagan Drees, executive director for Calvert Physician Associates, CalvertHealth Medical Group
Tom L. Jones, division chief for Calvert County Department of Buildings & Grounds
Theresa M. Kuhns, director of government affairs for the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors
Shannon Q. Nazzal, director for Calvert County Parks & Recreation
William A. Rector, deputy sheriff for Calvert County Sheriff’s Office
Pamela R. Wilkerson, workforce operations manager for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

From Charles County –

Erika M. Abell, development coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland
Christina S. Adams, business director for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Donna H. Attick, small business innovation research program manager for NAVAIR
Aida Torres-Bohnhoff, metrics and analytics manager for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Britany J. Waddell, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
Jill R. Wathen, is director of project management and business solutions for the College of Southern Maryland

From Howard County; however, works throughout the Southern Maryland region

Kelly Gibson Caplan, community outreach manager for Washington Gas

From Prince George’s County; however, works in Charles County –

Nikial M. Majors, executive director of human resources for Charles County Board of Education

From St. Mary’s County –

Kimberly S. Aus, vice president of hotel operations for Cherry Cove Group
Bryan M. Barthelme, business development manager for ASEC
Michael D. Bellis, executive director for United Way of Charles County
Kyle K. Bishop, assistant dean of students for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jennifer L. Brown, programs and membership director for The Patuxent Partnership
Matthew A. Burgan, real estate professional for ReMax One
John J. Carey, software requirements analyst for Precise Systems
Christopher A. Cox, executive officer for NAS Patuxent River
Sandra I. Dorsey, president for Simms Insurance
Kristen M. Dziedzic, office manager for MedStar Cardiology Associates
Denise M. Ferguson, corporate compliance coordinator/ privacy officer for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
Amy R. Ford, Lexington Park branch manager for St. Mary’s County Public Library
Kate L. Harrison, principal for Kate L. Harrison Consulting, LLC
Maria “Christy” Hollander, chief engineer for St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission
Christina Johannsen, senior analyst for WBB, Inc.
Julie B. Randall, disabilities advocate (volunteer)
Donald O. Sirk, director of IT for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
David M. Trick, requirements analyst for HTii
Diana Mary Waldorf, corporate operations officer for Naval Systems, Inc.
Samuel H. Wiest, associate attorney for Dugan, McKissick, & Longmore

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 325 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.

 

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.