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Leadership Southern Maryland Selects Class of 2016

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – June 18, 2015 – The Leadership Southern Maryland Board (LSM) of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 33 Southern Maryland leaders for its 8th class – the Class of 2016.

From Calvert County –

  • Carrie N. Plymire, director of the Calvert Library
  • Anthony J. Pucciarella, owner of Alaris
  • Kasia A. Sweeney, associate vice president of corporate communication and client services for Calvert Memorial Hospital/Calvert Health Sytems
  • Angela M. Walters, public information specialist for the Calvert County Department of Economic Development
  • Christian E. Zimmermann, director of financial resources for the College of Southern Maryland

From Prince George’s County, though she works in Calvert County –

  • Angel D. Wright, director of human resources for The ARC of Southern Maryland

From Charles County –

  • David R. Hupp, clinical outcomes analyst for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
  • Jacklyn D. Miles, chief executive officer for Miles and Chesley Consulting Services, LLC
  • Katherine O’Malley-Simpson, director of communications/media for Charles County Public Schools
  • Larisa J. Pfeiffer, community relations coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland
  • Thomas Quattlebaum, managing partner for the Titan Gemini Group

From St. Mary’s County –

  • Samuel C. P. Baldwin, managing partner for Baldwin & Briscoe, P. C.
  • Laura M. Boonchaisri, publicity and outreach coordinator for St. Mary’s County Library
  • Teresa L. Brannigan, director of hospice and palliative care for Hospice of St. Mary’s/MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Linda D. Colina, president and chief executive officer for Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Amy E. Cricchi, director of admissions for St. Mary’s Ryken High School
  • Michael J. Cummings, director of admissions for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Michael C. DeManss, managing director for DeManss and Associates, LLC
  • Ruby E. Hawks, marketing and public relations specialist for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
  •  Tony Jones, public information officer for St. Mary’s County Government
  •  Roberta M. Loker, reverse mortgage specialist for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.
  • Kathleen McClernan-Walz, attorney for the Law Office of D. Anne Emery & Associates, LLC
  •  Joseph A. Mortensen, chief of staff for the Test and Evaluation Group at the Naval Air Systems Command
  •  Jennifer C. Normyle, software engineer for Smartronix
  • Maurice D. Patterson, president for the National Society of Black Engineers – Southern Maryland Professionals
  • Ken C. Reed, member for S. Hunt Aero, LLC
  • Michelle A. Reeves, programs and promotions manager for The Wills Group
  • William C. Reuter, Jr., financial advisor for First Command Financial Services
  • Robin H. Salanon, director of human resources for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
  • Douglas J. Sanborn, chief technologist for Booz|Allen|Hamilton
  • Gladys B. Steptoe, contracting officer for the Navy Engineering Logistics Office
  • Frank E. Taylor, president of Taylor Gas Company, Inc.
  • Kelly L. Williams, corporate director of human resources for The Cherry Cove Group

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated nearly 240 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.

LSM is a nine-month tuition-based program specifically designed to develop leaders from the Southern Maryland area for regional collaboration. The LSM program is dedicated to building a cadre of informed regional leaders, prepared to address common issues and bring long-term benefit to their neighbors and communities and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

“These selectees represent a broad array of high caliber folks from an extraordinary pool of applicants living and/or working in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties,” said Helen Wernecke, executive director of Leadership Southern Maryland. “After participating in the LSM program, with a wide range of experiences throughout the year, these leaders will serve as important embassadors in the challenging and exciting effort to improve and shape the future of Southern Maryland.”

Following a two-day opening retreat in September, these class members will attend eight one- or two-day intense sessions focusing on energy & environment, defense, public safety, health care, housing & human services, education, economic & workforce development, and multiculturalism. These sessions will be followed by a closing retreat in May followed by a graduation celebration. 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.

For further information on Leadership Southern Maryland, contact Helen Mattingly Wernecke, executive director, 240-725-5469 or via email or visit