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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – February 14, 2020: On February 6, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the sixth 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 A.L.I.C.E, from Mike Bellis LSM’19, executive director of United Way of Charles County.  Bellis introduced the A.L.I.C.E. report which details financial struggles and hardships faced by Marylanders, many of whom are “one blown transmission away” from financial crisis.

Chris Longmore LSM’09, attorney and partner at Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, led the lunchtime activity and discussion on how the class, as leaders, can help with housing and human services issues in Southern Maryland and beyond. Next, the class heard from representatives of area nonprofits including the Three Oaks Center and LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc.  The discussion centered on a number of topics related to homelessness in Southern Maryland

The class then traveled to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore facility in Lexington Park where they learned more about the organization’s mission and volunteered their time.  They wrapped up their day with a networking event at Elements Eatery and Mixology.  Class participants were able to meet and interact with LSM graduates, over 350 strong, and reflect on the day’s events.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 31, 2020 – On January 17, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 held its first of six program sessions to kick off the pilot program in the tri-county region.

The day opened at the Indian Head Pavilion with a discussion on the definition of a leader with Col. Joe Mortenson, USMC (Ret.) LSM’16. During the majority of the day, participants worked with Leslie Fazio on their Emergenetics profiles, where they learned about everyone’s behavioral and thinking attributes and how to use this new understanding within a team framework.

This was followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Theresa Kuhns LSM’19, on leadership and current community issues with Charles County leaders, including Sheriff Troy Berry, Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins II, Esq., Economic Development Director Darrel Brown, Executive Director of Schools Marvin Jones, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian
Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division’s Technical Director Ashley Johnson.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class adjourned to Ollie’s Bar & Grill to reflect on the events of the day and network with one another.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in the tri-county region. Through a series of six “experiences”, young leaders will facilitate, foster, and refine their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum and a focus on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. These sessions will conclude with a capstone project and graduation in June. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers..

LEONARDTOWN, MD – January 6, 2020: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 24 Southern Maryland professionals for its inaugural Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) – the Class of 2020.

From Calvert County –

Maile Bowen, integrated logistics support manager, Manned Transportable Robotics Systems for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division

Bailey Casselman, general manager for Cherry Cove/Home2Suites by Hilton, Lexington Park

Ashley Greely, business retention analyst for Calvert County Department of Economic Development

Juree Greer, cybersecurity analyst for Technology Security Associates, Inc.

Ronald Marney, rural planner III for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning

Julie Mashino, family network coordinator for Calvert County Local Management Board

Letita Pinkney, lead career counselor for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Randall Utz, realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties/VR Group LLC

From Charles County –

Nicole Brien, wealth management associate for the Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley

Marc Collazo, lead internal affairs officer for Blueline Security Services

 From St. Mary’s County –

Rebecca Clements, operations research analyst for NAVAIR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office

Andrew D. Fisher, operations research analyst for NAWCAD Strategic Acquisition Team

Lawrence Forte, junior analyst for WBB, Inc.

Hillary Tess Goldwasser, assistant branch manager, youth services for St. Mary’s County Library

John Sterling Houser, associate attorney for The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.

Basia Kenney, team lead, Architecture Management Integration Environment and the Common Development Environment for NAWCAD

Derek Kitchen, systems engineer for DCS Corporation

Phillip Melton, electrical engineer for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division

Danielle Moulds, engineering psychologist for NAVAIR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office

Ashley Raley, performance & quality specialist for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Brady Spatola, engineer for MIL Corp.

Lauren Y. Zimmerman, winemaker for Port of Leonardtown Winery

From Baltimore County; however, works in Calvert County –

Joseph Denton, grounds supervisor for Calvert County Buildings & Grounds

From Prince George’s County; however, works in St. Mary’s County –

Destiny Allen, economic development specialist for St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in our region. Through a series of six “experiences”, young leaders will facilitate, foster, and refine their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum and a focus on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. These sessions will conclude with a capstone project and graduation in June. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers. “It’s very exciting to see this program launch and the idea of helping new leaders grow their skills is very rewarding,” said Tom Jones, LEAP chair and 2019 LSM graduate. “It’s important that we invest our time into expanding our communities’ leaders and I’m confident LEAP will be a great asset.”

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated over 350 regional leaders from its Executive Program. LSM is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of public and private sector executives and emerging leaders. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 15, 2020: On January 9, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2019-20 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with a panel discussion on healthcare issues and challenges in Southern Maryland.  The panel included representatives from CalvertHealth System, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  The discussion was followed by a tour of University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where class members got an opportunity to see the lab, emergency department, and the hospital’s new labor and delivery facility.

Following the tour, the class boarded a bus and headed to Sagepoint Senior Living Services for an up-close look at the memory care 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.

Walden’s Anchor facility in Charlotte Hall was next on the agenda.  The class received an overview of the facility and its addiction treatment programs by Chief Executive Director Laura Webb.  They also heard from a former program participant who shared her personal story and her path to recovery.

The healthcare session also included presentations from Health Partners, Inc’s Chrisie Mulcahey LSM’18 on medical resources for the underserved and an overview of services offered by Maryland Coalition of Families from Amy Young, a family peer support specialist.  Tours of Health Partners and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention Effort) trailer rounded out the day.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of mid- to upper level executive 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 2021 are being accepted through April 1, 2020.

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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 11, 2019: On December 5, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the fourth of nine educational sessions for the LSM Executive Program. This session’s topic was education in the region.  The class began the day at North Point High School (NPHS) where they were given an overview of the school’s course offerings and structure by Principal Daniel Kaple.  Class members were able to tour the school, hear from classroom instructors, and watch students in action in a variety of courses including engineering, collision repair, construction design and management, and cosmetology.

Next, Executive Program participants visited La Plata High School where they had the opportunity to participate in senior portfolio interviews.  This segment was followed by a trip to St. Charles High School where class members took part in a professional development training demonstration with Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent for Charles County Public Schools.  They also heard from the superintendents of all three Southern Maryland counties during a panel discussion and talked about workforce readiness with representatives from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, and University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland.

The Class of 2020 finished their day with a demonstration of Science on a Sphere and a planetarium show at the James E. Richmond Science Center.

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 2021 Executive Program will be accepted January 1 through April 1.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – November 15, 2019:  On November 7, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the third of nine educational sessions for the 2019-2020 LSM Executive Program – Defense. Class members spent the day onboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River learning from the workforce and exploring the processes and partnerships that make up the research, development, test and evaluation cycle.  The group started the morning with a brief by CAPT Christopher Cox LSM’19, the base commanding officer.  They also received an overview of the Naval Air Systems Command by CAPT Craig E Lee, vice commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).  NAVAIR provides full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons, and systems operated by Sailors and Marines.  Then John Hungerford LSM ’18 presented on the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). NSWC IHEODTD, located in Charles County, is the Department of Defense (DoD) Energetics Center and serves as the DoD Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Program lead.

Next on the agenda was a presentation and tour at the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS).  CDR Glenn Rioux, USNTPS commanding officer, explained the selection process and curriculum at “the schoolhouse” and led the class on a tour of the facility and the hangars. The class also toured the Atlantic Test Range with Robert Vargo LSM’10, the range director, giving them the opportunity to see testing in action.

Lunch included presentations from community supporters who champion both the base and members of the military.  Roger Cordell LSM’18 from the Navy League, MaryKay Myers LSM’10 of The Patuxent Partnership, RADM Tim Heely, USN (Ret.) with Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, and Larry Butts, NAWCAD deputy director of the Office of Small Business Programs were on-hand to share their organizations’ missions and efforts to promote community connections with the local military presence.

After lunch, several class members took a hands-on approach at the Manned Flight Simulator where they “flew” an F/A-18 Hornet and a rotary wing aircraft.  A visit to the Auditory Performance Lab showed the class what goes on during the development phase of products like customized ear plugs and improved cranial gear for use on the flight deck.  Finally, the group got a birds’ eye view of the air station from the top of the tower where air traffic control monitors and directs aircraft with a focus on safety and efficiency.

The class wrapped up the day with a networking event hosted by the LSM Alumni Association at Pax River Ale House in Lexington Park, 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. The program creates 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.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 11, 2019 – On October 3, 2019, Leadership Southern Maryland’s Class of 2020 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 the Charles County Economic Development Department.  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 at the Charles County American Job Center in Waldorf, Maryland where the class toured the mobile career center and heard from job service specialist supervisor, Cheryl Thorne of the Maryland Department of Labor.  The group then moved to Regency Furniture Stadium where they were welcomed by Southern Maryland Blue Crabs general manager, Courtney Knichel. 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 followed by a presentation on creating entrepreneurial communities by Wynne Briscoe, acting director for the southern region of the Small Business Development Center.  The day concluded with Davis along with Pam Wilkerson LSM’19 from the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland briefing the class on meeting the region’s workforce development demands and soft vs. hard skills.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class traveled to the home of LSM board president, Sam Baldwin LSM’16 where they joined graduates and friends to celebrate LSM Homecoming.

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.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – August 22, 2019: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 35 Southern Maryland leaders for its 12th class – the Class of 2020.

From Calvert County –

Donna M. Arnstein, director, Center for Family Birth Care for CalvertHealth Medical Center
Dina, M. Davis, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Human Resources
Kathleen L. MacAdams, business retention specialist for Calvert County Department of Economic Development
Judy J. Mackall, zoning planner for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
Sandra V. Wobbleton, transportation division chief for Calvert County Department of Community Resources
Melanie D. Woodson, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Human Resources

From Charles County –

Robert M. Branham, recreation division chief for Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation
Evalyne Bryant-Ward, director of operations for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group
Tara S. Landis, chief learning officer for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Avis D. McMillon, executive director, marketing and communications for College of Southern Maryland
Lucinia F. Mundy, business development specialist for Charles County Department of Economic Development
Lori A. Proctor, director of healthcare for College of Southern Maryland
Trenace N. Richardson, CEO of REAL Women, Inc.
Richard J. Steinmetz, partner at Baldwin, Briscoe, & Steinmetz, P.C.
Jason M. Stoddard, director of school safety and security for Charles County Public Schools
Cynthia V. Vallancourt, senior proposal manager for Sabre Systems, Inc.
Janet L. Virgin, public affairs officer specialist for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Karrie M. Wood, executive vice president, director of retail banking for Community Bank of the Chesapeake

 From St. Mary’s County –

Jerrilyn Borneman, director of development for St. Mary’s Ryken
John J. Brabazon, executive officer of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River
Thomas A. Brewer, manager, environmental health, science and sustainability programs for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jason R. Burroughs, vice president at AV3,Inc.
James “Rusty” Cooper, director, information solutions operating unit for KBR
Anna N. Cotton, small business owner of Maralit Customs and Repairs & Spirits and Splinters
Megan E. de Vos, defense recruiting manager for Smartronix
Kristen D. Kennedy, APMSE analyst, PMA-261 for Precise Systems, Inc.
James “Jay” Mattingly, IV, training and quality assurance coordinator for St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services
Summer L. Raley, vice president at Zenetex, LLC
Erin M. Ramos, management analyst and technical writer for RTR Technologies, LLC
Ellen P. Servetnick, educational outreach office team lead for NAWCAD
Amber B. Starn, epidemiologist and director of health promotions for Charles County Department of Health
Regina L. Steele, director of perioperative services for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
David C. Vollmer, president of Reliable Marine
Michael R. Wick, provost and dean of faculty for St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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 over 350 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.

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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. – 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.

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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.

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.