SMADC Commission & Staff
SMADC meetings are open to the public and generally take place on the first Thursday of each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the SMADC Office Suite located at 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD 20637.
Occasionally, meetings may be cancelled, postponed or changed to a different venue. Although anticipated changes to the schedule will be posted on the SMADC website under “News & Events,” please call ahead to confirm: (240) 528-8850.
SMADC Board Members
Regular Members – 4 year terms
One member of the Senate:
Senator Jack Bailey
One member of the House of Delegates:
Delegate Michael A. Jackson
Five Southern Maryland Farmers
One each from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, and Prince George’s Counties: (with representation across sectors)
- Deana Tice, Anne Arundel, En-Tice-Ment Stables Obligation Farm & Farm Raised Meats
- Cathy Cosgrove, Calvert, Horsmon Farm
- Erik de Guzman, Charles, Dicot Farm
- Dan Donohue, Prince George’s, Donohue Downs
- Willie Goddard, St. Mary’s, WAG Meats
One representative from the College of Southern Maryland:
Bill Hitte, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center
Rotating Members – 2 year terms
Up to five members at large representing various industries and expertise, eg. business, economic development, finance, legal
- Amanda Hand, Calvert, MKONO Farm
- Joan Bearden, St. Mary’s, Agricultural Accountant
- Linda Jones, Prince George’s, Elements of Nature
- Guy Kilpatric, Prince George’s, University of Maryland’s Terp Farm
One Young Farmer Representative:
Edward Goodman, Horticulturalist, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)
- Mary Wood, St. Mary’s, Forrest Hall Farm
- Lucille Walker, Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Special Members– 1 year terms
One Farm Bureau Director:
Steve Walter, Charles
One Tri-County Council Executive Board Member:
Commissioner Gilbert Bowling, Charles
Business & Economic Development Representatives
Local government small business and/or economic development and/or University of Maryland Extension representative:
- Lisa Barge, Anne Arundel
- Kelly Swann, Calvert
- Martin Proulx, Charles
- Donna Sasscer, St. Mary’s
Agricultural Land Preservation Representatives
- Barbara Polito, Anne Arundel
- Ronald Marney, Calvert
- Charles Rice, Charles
Chair of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Commissioner Gilbert Bowling, Charles
Secretary of Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Joseph Bartenfelder, Deputy Secretary Julie Oberg (Representative)
Secretary of the Maryland Department Commerce
Kelly M. Schulz, Steve Wall (representative)
Dean of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Craig Beyrouty
Past Secretaries of MDA
Earl “Buddy” Hance
Interested in becoming a Commission Member?
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis as positions become available. To be considered, submit all pertinent contact information with a brief paragraph describing your background and relationship to the agricultural community to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the source of SMADC’s funds?
Maryland was one of 46 states to win the “Master Settlement Agreement” with the major tobacco companies in 1998. Maryland put its 25 year, $4.5 – $9 billion share of the settlement into a “Cigarette Restitution Fund,” of which five percent goes to support Southern Maryland’s Regional Strategy for Agriculture, with an emphasis on finding alternatives to tobacco. The funds are annually appropriated through the Maryland Department of Agriculture to the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland for SMADC programs. SMADC also seeks to secure grant funding and raise capital through sales of ads.
How is SMADC managed?
SMADC, established in 2000 by the Governor’s Task Force, has an executive director and staff who report to the full commission and the executive board of directors for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is “a tax-exempt public body corporate and politic which operates as a cooperative planning and development agency within the area to foster the physical, economic and social development of the area and utilizes effectively the assistance provided by the State.”
How is SMADC structured?
SMADC members come from a broad spectrum of the community, including elected state and local officials, farmers, county government, economic development, land planning and zoning officials, chambers of commerce, tourism, the College of Southern Maryland, and the state departments of Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, and University of Maryland Extension.
Creative Services Specialist
Marketing and Livestock Manager
Special Projects Coordinator
Maryland Market Money External Relations Coordinator