LSM E-News | February 2023
LSM’s new strategic planning process, "Making Our Future," is well underway. Let’s do this together! Are we meeting the needs of our community? Are we making the best use of our resources, including our talents?
LSM runs on alumni power. Without you, there is no LSM. Please share your thoughts and hopes for LSM in our short LSM Alumni Survey (~10-20 mins) and at one of our virtual Future-Focused Forums on March 7 and 8. Your voice can make a difference for LSM’s future.
LSM Strategic Planning Alumni Survey
Please complete the appropriate survey below by Friday, February 24, sharing thoughts on your LSM experience and on LSM's role in the community. We hope to re-launch LEAP in 2024, so both surveys have questions about recruiting and retaining young professionals in Southern Maryland.
LSM Future-Focused Forums
In these high-energy virtual forums, we'll review the alumni survey results and solicit your further ideas about LSM's future. Please come! It will be FUN and great to get together!
LSM Board Welcomes Williams and Kowieski
In its February meeting, the LSM Board of Directors appointed Marsha Williams, Esq., LSM ‘21 and Michelle Kowieski, LSM ‘11 as new board members.
Marsha Williams, Esq., is a partner at Williams, McClernan & Stack, LLC, a law firm in Leonardtown. Marsha has been a practicing attorney in Southern Maryland for over twenty years. Raised in Camden, NJ, she attended Rutgers University - New Brunswick (Douglass College), where, in 1997, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Criminology. In 2000, Marsha earned her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Marsha began her legal career with the House of Ruth of Maryland. In 2002, Marsha joined Maryland Legal Aid - Southern Maryland Office as a Staff Attorney and, in 2014, was promoted to Senior Attorney. In January 2018, she partnered with two other women to form Williams, McClernan, & Stack, LLC. Marsha is married and has one son. She chairs the LSM Alumni Committee.
Michelle Kowieski is the owner and founder of The Kowieski Group, a local woman-owned small
business focused on assisting other companies with solving their most pressing strategic growth
issues. Michelle graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Economics. She
has two grown children, and lives in St. Mary’s County with her husband Mark and youngest
daughter Kayla. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography, and perpetually learning how
to golf. She is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee.
Marsha and Michelle, thanks for all you do for LSM and Southern Maryland!
LSMAA Member Spotlight: Enid Sanchez-Bubb
Heartfelt thanks to Enid Sanchez-Bubb LSM ’11, our newest Lifetime Member of the LSM Alumni Association!
Enid is the founder and President of C3 Innovations, a company specializing in agile approaches to software development, cyber-security, data management, systems engineering, program management, and process improvement initiatives. Enid founded the company in 2014 after more than 24 years supporting Pax River as the Navy Mission Planning Systems Deputy Program Manager; as Branch Manager for Navy Tactical Programs under the Avionics Integration and Systems Engineering Division; and in other technical capacities. She also worked with General Service Administration (GSA) as an electronic engineer in several projects supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In these roles, Enid has become well-known as a dynamic, passionate, inclusive, and “wickedly smart” motivational leader.
Enid came to Southern Maryland from Puerto Rico in 1990. St. Mary’s County was very different then, and she remembers thinking on the drive from the airport, “Where are they taking me?”. She reconnected with her college friend, Micheline Lopez-Estrada LSM ’10, and 30 years later, Enid is still here, living happily in Leonardtown with her husband William and their three children.
Enid and C3 Innovations have been a Silver and a Gold sponsor of LSM’s Annual Golf Tournament. Asked why she chose to become a Lifetime Member of LSMAA, she said, “It was time. I had a wonderful experience in Leadership Southern Maryland. It’s an important organization for our region, and I am happy to support it.”
Thank you, Enid, for your leadership and your support of LSM!
LSM Seeks Solutions to Human Services Challenges
The Executive Program Class of 2023 convened on February 2 to study the tri-county area’s critical housing and human services challenges. They explored the needs and concerns of low-income families, the unhoused, and residents dealing with mental and behavioral health issues related to economic challenges.
Center for Children, Inc. Executive Director and LSM founding sponsor Cathy Meyers introduced the class to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Assessment, which raise awareness of how childhood experiences of domestic violence, parental behavioral health issues, and economic insecurity can affect one’s ability to thrive in adulthood.
“I found the ACES survey interesting and liked the detail that was given about how important those early years in a child's life can have major impacts on their future,” said Jennifer Raley, Energy & Technology Programs Manager at SMECO. “How do we help kids that are dealing with so much negative in their lives growing up?”
Participants spoke with panels of human services, behavioral health, and housing specialists about challenges Southern Marylanders face in securing affordable housing and accessing the many community resources available to support them. Lack of reliable transportation and difficulty getting information about available resources continue to be significant challenges to some residents.
Turning to solutions, Stephanie Rolle, United Way of Southern Maryland Chief Executive Officer discussed how the class, as senior executives, can have a positive impact in tackling Southern Maryland’s housing and human services challenges. Rolle led the class through the United Way’s ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Simulation and Report, giving participants a window into economic insecurity, knowledge of Southern Maryland economic data, and awareness of how easily individuals can be financially derailed by unforeseen circumstances and expenses.
Solutions explored by LSM participants included supporting the efforts of community resource organizations to facilitate more community collaboration, create more information access points, and explore new revenue streams to fund support services.
“Executive Program participants engage in 25 hours of community service with nonprofit organizations during their program year,” said LSM Executive Director Dr. Sybol Anderson. “This makes these executives and the LSM alumni network useful connectors between organizations and valuable support resources for them.”
Special thanks to Amy Ford LSM ’19 and Mia Bowers LSM ’22 for serving as Session Advocates; to Jennifer Moreland LSM ’17, Michael Bellis LSM ’19, and Jimmy Hayden LSM’ 21 for serving as panelists; to Founding Sponsor Cathy Meyers and Chris Longmore LSM ‘09 for rousing presentations; and to featured Gold Sponsor, BHE GT&S.
Thursday, March 2: Executive Program Multiculturalism & Diversity Session
Thursday, March 2: LSM Executive Session After-Hours Social at the Southern Maryland Reception 2023, The Graduate Annapolis. 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Upcoming LSMAA Member Events
Monday, February 20, 9:00 AM: First-ever Small Business Breakfast in our local community, hosted by The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/ Maryland Retailers Association @ Southern Maryland Association of Realtors (SMAR) building in Hughesville. The cost to attend is $25 per/person Please RSVP to the link below: https://forms.gle/ThuMRTsfLH4kTtQM7
Saturday, April 22: Shaniqua Cousins LSM'22 Conference Tour. Visit ShaniquaCousins.com for Detail
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