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Class 2016 experiences Energy & Environment

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 22, 2015 – On October 15 and 16, 2015, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class 2016 participated in the first of nine educational programs for the 2015-16 LSM class – Energy and Environment. The two-day event began at the Calvert Marine Museum where participants were treated to a continental breakfast, provided by Blue Wind Gourmet.

As the first part of the two-day curriculum, LSM class participants had the unique privilege of an experiential presentation on the environmental impacts on our waterways highlighting the challenge of the crab and oyster population by Captain Jack Russell, owner of Fins+Claws, at the Calvert Marine Museum’s Lore Oyster House. The participants were bussed to Exelon’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant where Ms. Lacey Dean, Communications Manager, and Ms. Anne Lindner, Director of State Government Affairs provided the rare opportunity of a walking tour of the facility. For the afternoon session, the class toured Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal, where Phillip Sandino, Director, LNG Operations, and Karl R. Neddenien, Media Relations and Community Relations Manager, briefed participants on Dominion’s transition to exportation of liquefied natural gas. Dominion hosted lunch with an educational briefing followed by a windshield tour of the facility under construction and a walking tour of the pier to show the off-shore exportation pier and the ongoing shore restoration and maintenance project. The participants finalized their day with a “behind the scenes” tour of the Calvert Marine Museum by Mr. Doug Alves, LSM’13.

The second day was emceed by Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill owner, Mr. Michael Kelley. Mr. Kelley, who shared his passion and educational information on local agricultural and environment challenges within the region as well as the economic challenges of a locally owned business. The day began with a visit to the Loveville Produce Auction allowing the participants to experience “commerce in action” while observing interaction of the Mennonite and Amish agricultural community with local restaurateurs, grocers, and individuals who purchased from their harvests. The participants then traveled to Hughesville, where they were given a tour of the SMECO Solar Farm by Project Manager, Mr. Ronald Fuller, and Ms. Natalie Cotton, LSM’11, Community and Public Affairs Director. Following the tour, Ms. Cotton and Mr. Tom Dennison, LMd’11 and SMECO’s Government and Public Affairs Manager, hosted the participants at the SMECO Engineering and Operations Center, where they had a tour of the facility, highlighting its environmentally friendly construction, including the Operations Center and educational brief on SMECO. The group finalized the afternoon with a Buy Local panel discussion. The guest speakers were Dr. Christine Bergmark, Executive Director of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and owner of Even’ Star Organic Farm, Mr. Michael Kelley, owner of the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, and Mr. Paul Kellam, a commercial waterman and owner of Kellam’s Seafood.

The class interacted with staff at each site, including program advocates, Ms. Rhiana Haney, LSM’13, and Mr. Scott Reeves, LSM’14, and as leaders living in the Chesapeake Bay area they had the opportunity to discuss the impact to the economy, environment, wildlife, natural resources and future generations while understanding the commitment each one of these organizations visited has towards our community. Overall, the class participants were thrilled to be part of Leadership Southern Maryland and the Energy and Environment Program.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program and is designed and 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 more information, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email or visit