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. *Virtual until further notice.
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.
Recent Commission Meeting Minutes
SMADC Board Members
Regular Members – 4 year terms
One member of the Senate:
Senator Jack Bailey
One member of the House of Delegates:
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
- Tresor Thomas, Calvert, My Mustard Seed, LLC
- Russell Shlagel, Charles, Shlagel Farms
- 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
- Joan Bearden, St. Mary’s, Agricultural Accountant
- Linda Jones, Prince George’s, Elements of Nature
- Dan Rider, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
- Elizabeth Robinson, The Garden International, Prince George’s County
- Brian Russell, Shore Thing Shellfish, St. Mary’s County
One Young Farmer Representative:
Edward Goodman, Horticulturalist, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)
- Mary Wood (Chair), St. Mary’s, Forrest Hall Farm
- Lucille Walker (Vice-Chair), Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Special Members– 1 year terms
One Farm Bureau Representative:
Kayla Griffith, Anne Arundel
One Tri-County Council Executive Board Member:
Business & Economic Development Representatives
Local government small business and/or economic development and/or University of Maryland Extension representative:
- Lisa Barge, Anne Arundel
- Caroline Trossbach, Calvert
- Martin Proulx, Charles
- Charlie Sasscer, Prince George’s
- Donna Sasscer, St. Mary’s
Agricultural Land Preservation Representatives
- Barbara Polito, Anne Arundel
- Ronald Marney, Calvert
- Charles Rice, Charles
Local Government Representatives
Senator Michael Jackson, Prince George’s and Calvert
Chair of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Commissioner Ralph Patterson, Charles
Executive Director of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
John F. Hartline
Secretary of Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce
Kevin A. Anderson, Steve Wall (Representative)
Dean of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Craig Beyrouty or Designated Representative
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 email@example.com.
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.
Administrator and grants coordinator
Marketing and Livestock Manager
Digital Programs and Creative Services Specialist
Fiscal Grants Coordinator
Maryland Market Money Program & Grants Manager
Maryland Market Money External Relations & Development Coordinator
Maryland Market Money Coordinator
Farmers Market E-Incentive Coordinator
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