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Leadership Southern Maryland Selects Class of 2017

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – June 23, 2016 – The Leadership Southern Maryland Board (LSM) of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 31 Southern Maryland leaders for its 9th class – the Class of 2017. From Calvert County –

Ms. Diane M. Couchman, vice president of clinical services for Calvert Memorial Hospital
Mr. James M. Gotsch, associate for Soltesz, Inc.
Ms. Jonna M. Jones, senior communications specialist for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Mrs. Jennifer E. Moreland, family network coordinator for Calvert County Family Network

From Anne Arundel County, though she works in Calvert County –

Mrs. Karen E. Carloni, executive director for Southern Maryland Community Network, Inc.

From Charles County –

Dr. Eileen D. Abel, vice president of academic affairs for College of Southern Maryland
Mrs. LaKeysha D. Boyd-Moore, constituent events manager for Alzheimer’s Association
Dr. Jessica A. Chambers, associate vice president of enrollment for College of Southern Maryland
Mrs. Rebecca A. D’Ambrosio, director of public and congressional affairs for Naval Surface Weapons Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division
Mrs. Sandra K. Dent, executive director for Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living
Mr. John J. Flatley Jr., franchise owner/operator for Chick-fil-A La Plata
Mrs. Crystal Hunt, public information officer/chief of media services for Charles County Government
Ms. Jacklyn Miles, chief executive officer for Miles & Chesley Consulting Services, LLC

From King George County, VA, though they work in Charles County –

Ms. Mary F. Hannah, manager of population health for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
Mrs. Janet S. Salazar, executive director for Charles County Public Library
Mr. Michael S. Taft, manager of logistics operations branch for Naval Surface Weapons Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division

From St. Mary’s County –

Mr. Lucas A. Anderson, lead associate for Booz|Allen|Hamilton
Mrs. Mandy M. Blackmon, principal for Calvert County Public Schools
Ms. Cynthia A. Brown, human services division manager for St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services
Mr. Exzavain V. Burkes, logistics engineer for Zenetex, LLC
Mr. William F. Cords, director of infrastructure and safety for Naval Air Systems Command
Mrs. Judith C. Gwynn, congressional liaison specialist for Naval Air Systems Command
Mr. J. Patrick Haley II, president for Patrick Haley Insurance and Financial
Mr. Stephen M. Kelly, general manager for Hilton Garden Inn
Mr. Douglas C. Leepa, director of engineering solutions for Smartronix, Inc.
Mr. Richard E. Newberry, director of products for Smartronix, Inc.
Mr. Eusebio Quinones, senior program manager for Zenetex, LLC
Ms. Karen C. Raley, senior development officer for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Ms. Laura K. Raley, bid and proposal manager for Precise Systems
Mrs. Sylvia T. Welch, managing director of information technology for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

From Montgomery County, though he works in St. Mary’s County –

Dr. Stephen T. Michaels, chief operating/medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

“These selectees live or work in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and represent a broad array of amazing folks from the private and public sectors within the region,” said Helen Wernecke, executive director of Leadership Southern Maryland. “After participating in the LSM program, with a wide range of unique experiences throughout the year, these leaders will serve as important ambassadors 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 economic & workforce development, education, defense, public safety, health care, housing & human services, multiculturalism, and energy & environment. 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.

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated over 270 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.

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