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ABOUT SMADC: Staff and Commission


SMADC meetings are open to the public and generally take place on the first Monday of each month from January-April when Legislature is in session, and the first Wednesday of month from May-December at 9:00 am in the SMECO Board Room:

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 “What’s New/ News and Announcements,” please call ahead to confirm: 301-274-1922 ex 1.



last updated 1/29/18

  • Director, Shelby Watson-Hampton
  • Cia Morey, Administrator
  • Susan McQuilkin, Marketing Executive
  • Karyn Owens, Program Specialist
  • Craig Sewell, SMM Marketing and Livestock Specialist
  • Jean Burke, Grant Coordinator and Office Admin



Regular Members – 4 year terms

  • One member of the Senate: 
    Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton
  • One member of the House of Delegates:
    Delegate Sally Jameson
  • Five Southern Maryland farmers – one each from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's, Anne Arundel, and Prince George's Counties: (with representation across sectors)
    John Faber – Anne Arundel
    Vacant– Calvert
    Eddie Bowling – Charles
    Yates Clagett – Pr. George's
    Willie Goddard – St. Mary’s
  • One representative from the College of Southern Maryland: 
    Bill Hitte

Rotating Members – 2 year terms

  • Up to five members at large: (eg. business, economic development, finance, legal)
    Anna Chaney (Food business, farm) – Anne Arundel
    Janna Howley (Value-added) – Anne Arundel
    Catherine Hamilton (Farm) - Calvert
    J.D. Blackwell (Aquaculture designee) – St. Mary’s
    David Paulk (Food business, Farm) – St. Mary’s
  • One Young Farmer Representative:
    Rebecca Seward – Charles
  • Up to two members representing Agri-tourism/Heritage:
    Mary Wood
    Lucille Walker

Special Members– 1 year terms

  • One Farm Bureau Director:
    Steve Walter
  • One Tri-County Council Executive Board Member:
    Delegate Mark Fisher

Ex-Officio Non-Voting

  • Local government small business and/or economic development and/or University of Maryland Extension representative:
    Lisa Barge – Anne Arundel
    Jennifer Pettko – Calvert
    Martin Proulx – Charles
    Kim Rush-Lynch – Prince George’s
    Donna Sasscer – St. Mary’s
  • Agricultural land preservation representatives:
    Charles Rice – Charles
    Barbara Polito – Anne Arundel
    Rachel O’Shea – Calvert
  • Chair of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
    Commissioner Steve Weems
     – Calvert
  • Secretary of Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) 
    Joseph Bartenfelder
  • Secretary of the Maryland Department Commerce
    R. Michael Gill
    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 
    Bud Virts 
    Hagner Mister

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