LSM E-News ~ September 2022
Leadership Southern Maryland
Executive Program Class of 2023
The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 29 Southern Maryland leaders for its 15th Executive Program cycle - the Class of 2023.
From Calvert County –
Yu-Hsuan Chen, Vice President, Integrated Program Solutions, Inc.
Nick DeFelice, Corporal, Special Operations Team, Calvert County Sheriff's Office
Sarah Ehman, Public Information Program Manager, Dept. of Communications & Media Relations, Calvert County Government
Stacy Hutchinson, Associate Director of Administration, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Julianne Oberg, Director of Economic Development, Calvert County Government
Stephen Pereira , Director of Technology Services, Calvert County Government
Kevin Schmidt, Public Broadcast Manager, Calvert County Government
Kevin Switick, Chief Executive Officer, AVIAN, LLC
From Charles County –
Tonya Allen-Shaw, Director, USDA-Office of the General Counsel
Michelle DeSoto, Acting Deputy Director of Economic Development, Charles County Government
Maryanna Lanham, Executive Director, Dream Queen Foundation
Craig Renner, Director, Marketing & Communications, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
Ashley Teagle, CEO, Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, Inc.
From St. Mary's County –
Curtis Brown, Business Development Manager, AIRtec, Inc.
Douglas J Burfield, Executive Officer, NAS Patuxent River
ALisa Casas, Communications Director, St. Mary's County Government
AliceMarie (AM) Dillon, Branch Manager, Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County Library
Rodney Flowers , Director of Facilitation, NavalX, Naval Air Systems Command
Steve Girard, Vice President of PAX Operations, Tekla Research
Mark Goodrich, Executive Vice President, Programs, Naval Systems, Inc.
Campbell Hawkins, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, SMECO
Denise Kopel, Office/ Facilities, BD Development Manager, MAG Aerospace
Toni Kruszka, Donor Relations & Special Events Manager, College of Southern Maryland
Wade McConvey, Business Development Manager, KBR
Michael Meisel, Chief Financial Officer, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital & MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Ryan Morning, Director of Business Development , StraCon Services Group
Jennifer Raley, Energy & Technology Programs Manager DSM, SMECO
Richard Tarr, Manager, Highways Division, Dept. of Public Works & Transportation, St. Mary's County Government
Johnnie D Taylor, Jr., Managing Director, Contracts, NEANY, Inc.
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.
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A Message from LSM's Executive Director
The MIL Corporation Renews Sponsorship with Leadership Southern Maryland
Pictured from left to right: Esha Bristol LEAP’22 (MIL), LSM Board Vice President Tom Clark LSM’18 (MIL), LSM Executive Director Sybol Anderson, Harvil Jenkins LSM’21 (MIL)
Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with The MIL Corporation (MIL). On August 25, 2022, MIL presented LSM with a $10,000 sponsorship designating the company as a Gold level sponsor.
Based in Lexington Park, Maryland, MIL provides innovative cyber, engineering, financial, and information technology services to the federal government. Tom Clark LSM’18 is an executive vice president at MIL and also serves as the vice president on LSM’s Board of Directors. “MIL is an engineering and technical services company with local roots that dates back over 40 years supporting our NAWCAD WOLF and NAVAIR customers, and we take great pride in supporting the communities where our workforce lives and works,” Clark explained. “We find great value in LSM and how it educates and inspires a diverse group of community leaders to create opportunities for collaborations and partnerships that have a direct impact on our workforce, our customers, and our tri-county community,” he said.
MIL boasts several LSM Executive Program graduates amongst their ranks including Senior Vice President Harvil Jenkins LSM’21. Jenkins believes LSM is making a difference in the community by connecting leaders from diverse backgrounds and organizations and inspiring collaboration. “LSM has provided me access to local government and business leaders," Jenkins said. “New opportunities are now available to me from a personal and business perspective. Before LSM, I thought some of these opportunities and connections were out of my reach,” he added.
MIL’s support of LSM goes beyond their involvement in and financial support of the Executive Program. The company has supported the participation of employees in LSM’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) as well. Esha Bristol, a project manager at MIL, graduated from LEAP 2022 in June and found value in the program on both a personal and professional basis. “Participating in the LEAP program has been a positive and eye-opening experience that I am grateful to have been a part of,” Bristol said. “The six sessions not only provided the ability to enhance team building and networking skills, but also opportunities for self-reflection and growth.”
Fostering connections is a staple of LSM programs, helping the organization to further its mission and impact on the region. But the organization can’t achieve its goals without the engagement of businesses, graduates, and friends. "LSM exists to inform Southern Maryland's leaders about industry and community needs in our three counties and to support them in addressing those needs collaboratively,” LSM Executive Director Sybol Anderson said. “MIL, a company that demonstrably values people, community, relationships, and collaboration, has long been an exceptional partner in LSM's work. Our success absolutely depends on support such as theirs. We are extremely grateful for it."
In addition to their partnership with LSM, MIL supports various organizations and efforts including the local Rotary club, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and area food drives. The company also has a program called MIL CARES which organizes MIL involvement in community service efforts.
As LSM’s Class of 2023 begins their Executive Program, they will be exposed to different concepts on leadership as well as learning about examples of leadership in different fields of endeavor across the tri-county region of Southern Maryland. LSM alums all entered the program with their own ideas on leadership, but mine have evolved somewhat since graduating in 2018. Previously, say the word “leader,” and I envisioned a championship coach, like Vince Lombardi, Joe Gibbs, or Bill Walsh; commanders of armies and fleets, like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Horatio Nelson, George Patton, and Arleigh Burke; orators like Marcus Tullius
Cicero, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; heads of state like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill -- people whose character was revealed and legacies defined in times of crises and existential struggle by incredible competence, personal courage, and inspirational vision.
But lately my view of leaders and leadership has become more situational, often defined through everyday acts of selfless service to others. For example, this past July our LSM Executive Committee was planning a farewell party for the Executive Director, Denise Foster, and I felt it was my duty to host. However, my live-in mother-in-law had just been diagnosed with stage four cancer and my wife was struggling with visits to Johns Hopkins, tests and treatment options, and rapidly increasing caregiving requirements, not to mention her own emotional struggles. I felt it would be too much to expect her to help organize and host just then, even with a caterer and help from my LSM teammates. When I mentioned my quandary at an Executive Committee meeting, the Board Vice President, Tom Clark, immediately and cheerfully volunteered to host (after confirming with his fiancé and partner Paige). The occasion was a smashing success, thanks to Tom’s graciousness and initiative. I would call that a notable demonstration of leadership by Tom.
I saw a similar demonstration following The Patuxent Partnership’s Annual Member Dinner this past June, on the grounds of the State House in Historic St. Mary’s City. Once the dinner, awards, and speeches were done, a few of us were hanging around in “pick-up” conversations before calling it a night. The caterers were in the process of clearing and breaking down the tables and collecting chairs, as they had been paid to do. Suddenly I noticed two recent LSM graduates, BJ Hall and “Homer,” jackets removed and sleeves rolled up, breaking down the tables and folding up chairs. That obviously was not “their job,” yet these two gentlemen wanted to lend their able hands to shorten what had already been a long and demanding night for those workers. It was an act of unexpected and unrequested kindness and grace. And they actually made it look kind of fun, like, “how fast can we knock this out?” I would call that a remarkable act of leadership.
So, I still hold in esteem history’s great leaders for their immortalized leadership qualities. But when I reflect on the Old Testament book of Isaiah, I also realize the leaders of that time were not only kings Uzziah and Jotham of Judah, but also the servant leader, Isaiah, who responds to his Lord with, “Here am I; send me.”
LSM Homecoming is Oct. 6!
Greetings, LSM Graduate!
Fall has always been a great time to gather with friends. As we enter the cooler season, LSM is gearing up for our annual Homecoming event.
Join your fellow LSM grads and members of the Class of 2023 Executive Program on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. Once again, we will gather "Under the Lighthouse" at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons.
Past Homecoming events have featured refreshments, a 50/50 raffle, great auction items you can bid on (proceeds donated to LSM), and opportunities to catch up with your LSM family. Admission for current LSMAA members is free. The cost is $20 for non-LSMAA members.
Non-LSMAA members can purchase their tickets HERE. (Not an LSMAA member? Join HERE).
LSMAA members attend for free but must RSVP in advance of the event.
Stay tuned to the LSM Facebook and LinkedIn pages for additional updates!
What: Leadership Southern Maryland Book Club
When: Tuesday, October 18, 7 pm
Where: Via Zoom (Contact Sybol Anderson for access)
Details: We will be discussing Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet.
If you have any questions, please contact Jenny - Jenny.Plummer-Welker@calvertcountymd.gov | 410-535-1600 ext. 2333.
Thursday, October 6: Executive Program Economic & Workforce Development Session
Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00 pm: Homecoming
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm: LSM Book Club
Thursday, November 3: Executive Program Defense Session
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