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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – September 14, 2017 – The Leadership Southern Maryland Board (LSM) of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 31 Southern Maryland leaders for its 10th class – the Class of 2018.

From Calvert County –
Alison L. Banholzer, owner of MOSD LLC
Christopher P. Breedlove, chief of zoning enforcement for the Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building
G. Shelby Butler, director of office of small business programs for Naval Air Systems Command
Philip N. Campbell, chief information officer/vice president information systems for Calvert Memorial Hospital
Jacquelyn V. Meiser, vice president and general counsel for Cherry Cove Group
Joan T. Thorp, deputy director of finance and budget for Calvert County
David C. Weigel, associate attorney for Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC

From Charles County –
Angela M. Booker, cardiopulmonary manager for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
Chelsea R. Brown, director of development for the College of Southern Maryland
Renee M. Brown, head of contracts for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Robert H. Elrod, director of behavioral health services and nursing resources for Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital
John G. Hungerford IV, director of infrastructure strategy for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Marcia L. Keeth, deputy director of Charles County Economic Development Department
Elizabeth I. Mildenstein, lead strategic communications and multimedia specialist for AVIAN LLC
Christine M. Mulcahey, executive director for Health Partners, Inc.
Randolph A. Sotomayor, assistant superintendent for fiscal services for Board of Education of Charles County
Lynette L. Starke, billing services director for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Tisha R. Tyler, marketing and development manager for Charles County Public Library
Maria V. Thorpe, associate director of the human systems department for Naval Air Systems Command

From Prince George’s County; however, works in Calvert County –
Lydia Williams, executive director of student services for the College of Southern Maryland

From St. Mary’s County –
Thomas E. Clark, senior vice president for the MIL Corporation
Corey R. Combs, senior financial planner and analysis manager for Sabre Systems Inc.
Roger L. Cordell, director of acquisition management-navy programs for KBRwyle
Steven A. Hall, captain of special operations division for St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
Christa L. Hood, audit manager for Askey, Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC
Lisa M. Oliver, executive assistant to the CEO for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Kimberly F. Rider, lead associate for Booz|Allen|Hamilton
Charles W. Roach, president and CEO for Cedar Point Federal Credit Union
G. Ed Rule, president for Naval Systems, Inc.
Kate Shirey, director of career development for St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Christopher J. Weller, president for Monterey Insurance Group, Inc.

“These selectees represent a broad array of highly engaged folks from an amazing pool of applicants living and/or working in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties,” said Helen Mattingly Wernecke, executive director of Leadership Southern Maryland. “After participating in the LSM executive 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 energy & environment, defense, public safety, health care, housing & human services, education, economic & workforce development, and multiculturalism. 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.
Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated nearly 300 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