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Leadership Southern Maryland Announces Four New Board Members

Regional Leadership Program’s Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – June 2, 2015 – The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors announced today it elected four new members to the board:

Barry Friedman (LSM ’09) is a market manager with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Patrick Murphy (Leadership Maryland ’06) is an attorney with Robert Half | Protiviti | Protiviti Government Services

Karen O’Connor (LSM ’10) is a senior business developer with College of Southern Maryland

Sharmella Riggs (LSM ’15) is a P-8A acquisition manager with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

The Board of Directors also elected the following members to its executive committee for a one-year term:

Lee Capristo, president (LSM ’11), is a director of publications at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

John Felicitas, vice president (LSM ’13), is a retired K-12 educator and diversity consultant

Hartmuth Csanadi-Schwartz, treasurer (LSM ’14), is a chief business officer with ARC of Southern Maryland

Sharon Bouchard, secretary (LSM ’12), is a CH-53K requirements manager with Naval Air  Systems Command

Mark De Luca, immediate past president (LSM ’10), is a systems engineer with Holmes-Tucker  Int’l, Inc.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a tuition-based program specially 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 application information, please contact Helen 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 not-for-profit organization.