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LSM Alumni Learn The Cost of Incarceration

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 16, 2017 – The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Alumni Association hosts an educational series – 12@12: Lunch ‘n Learn. The series provides an intimate, exclusive small group lunch tour and discussion with community and business leaders across a variety of topics within Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.  The series hosts 12 people at 12 p.m. on the 12th of the month when it lands on a weekday.  This educational series offers the opportunity for LSM community leaders to –

  • Connect with other community leaders through these exclusive luncheons
  • Learn about an area within our region in a smaller group setting
  • Renew their passion and leverage relationships to bring about positive change

The latest event was hosted by the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD, on Monday, December 12, 2016, where the Commander of the Corrections Division, Captain Mike Merican, introduced the leadership team and provided a tour of the entire facility. Upon completion of the tour, Captain Merican provided an overview of the Detention Center and fielded questions from the group.  The participants were allowed to interact with the accompanying staff throughout the tour as well as discuss the impact and challenges of the incarcerated as well as the diversity of detainees, their crimes, and their life behind bars.

LSM is seeking other educational topics for this series. If you or your organization would like to volunteer to host this amazing forum, where guests can learn while being networked with connected professionals bettering the Southern Maryland region, please email Helen Mattingly Wernecke at

Leadership Southern Maryland 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. The Executive Program is nine months in duration and is a tuition-based program.

For more information about this series or any of the other programming, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email or visit




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.