The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is overseen by a diverse volunteer board and operated by paid professional staff with expertise in understanding the community’s needs, opportunities and resources.
The CFSOMD Board of Directors:
Ellen Flowers Fields, Chair
Regional Director Small Business Development Center at the College of Southern Maryland
Ellen has over 25 years of progressive professional experience in the field of workforce development and human capital management. Her diverse background includes the implementation of various federal, state and local programs and initiatives that address community economic needs and challenges. Ellen is credentialed as Global Career Development Facilitator from the Center for Credentialing and Education. She a graduate 2009 Class of Leadership Southern Maryland, and a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and the Maryland Economic Development Association.
Prior to serving as the Director of the SBDC, Ellen served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation from 2011 – 2014; Regional Director of Economic Development at the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland from 2006 – 2011; and Executive Director for Southern Maryland Works from 2000 – 2006.
Affiliations include former Board Member Maryland Broadband Coordination Board; Past board chair, Bethel House Inc. Board chair, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland and Alumni of Leadership Southern Maryland’s inaugural class.
Recognitions include recipient of 2005 Charles County Minority Business of the Year; 2008 Woman of the Year award from Calvert County Concerned Black Women. Nominations for the 2006 Leadership Maryland class and 2006 Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Calvert County Commissioner’s Business owner appreciation recognition 2008 & 2014, and 2017 Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Ellen is a resident of Charles County and attends New Life Church in La Plata, MD. She is co-owner of RE Fields, LLC operating an Edible Arrangements franchised location in Calvert County. She is married to her loving husband of 26 years, Ricky Fields. They have 3 children: Joice, Ricky II and Ross
Aaron Fenwick, Secretary
Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Lender – Charles County
Aist Wealth Planning
She married into Southern Maryland but has lived in the state her whole life. She partners with her husband Aaron and his business Aist & Associates, Inc. to provide full service and support to the business owners and people of Southern Maryland.
Prior to serving as the Director of the Development Committee, she was part of the board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the Southern Maryland chapter and has been a Big Sister as well as a respite care volunteer for the St. Mary’s foster care system. She was drawn to the Community Foundation by their desire to help place funds in the hands of organizations already set up to support the Southern Maryland region.
She is an ordained minister and pastor for Graydon’s Grace Ministry and she also volunteers at Southpoint Church located in Leonardtown as a Stephen Minister and youth instructor at that church. She teaches horseback riding lessons at Southern Grace Farm in Bel Alton as well as at private farms in both Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Helping people grow into the best version of themselves- physically, emotionally and spiritually is a passion that she applies to her activities here at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.
The ARC, Southern Maryland
Delanta received his state level ARCE Certification through the State of Maryland and his nationwide certification for Supported Employment form Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s also certified as a Subject Matter Expert in Discovery Personal Genius Process. This certification is for professionals who work extensively with individuals with different abilities to find employment in the community.
Delanta serves on the Board of Directors for Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, is a member of the Transitioning Youth Committee for the Calvert County Public Schools, and a host of other committees as well. In his spare time he likes to spend time with family, friends, and read a good book.
George M. Connelly, Jr.
Legislative and Governmental Affairs Director for the Chesapeake Regional Association of Realtor Brokers
A St. Mary’s County Native and graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Political Science and International Studies, George has been involved in many local, state, regional, and national non-profits and political campaigns. George’s past professional experiences include volunteer management, development/fundraising, compliance, accounting, as well as strategic development and capital campaign planning at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House of Ruth Maryland, the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, and Historic St. Mary’s City. George is currently a board member for the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, serves on the advisory board for House of Ruth Maryland, and is a board member emeritus for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB).
Denise A. Foster
DK Foster Services, LLC, Nonprofit Management
Denise has worked with nonprofits across several states to provide the best impact to the community. She spent three years as Associate Director of Development for K9s For Warriors, eventually returning to Southern Maryland. She is now the owner of DKFoster Services, LLC., a company dedicated to helping and educating nonprofits.
In her spare time, Denise is active in the community and currently serves on the Board for the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland. She is also an active duty spouse and a member of the Patuxent River Officer Spouses Club.
Corporate Director of Human Resources, The Cherry Cove Group
Kelly grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA., majoring in Business Management. In 1999, Kelly moved to Los Angeles and then relocated to Southern MD in 2003. Kelly worked for the St. Mary’s County school district before transitioning to DOD contactor, Eagan, McAllister & Associates, Inc., operationally supporting NAVAIRHQ AIR 7.0 Corporate Operations and AIR 7.3 Total Force Strategy & Management Development Division (TFMD).
Kelly has played an avid role in the Southern Maryland community. She has held memberships and leadership roles in various organizations throughout St Mary’s County. Kelly has been an active member on the local, state and national levels of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2008. She continues as a member of Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland (HRASM) since 2007, and has held Officer positions as the 2013-2014 Chapter President, and the 2015-2016 Past President. She volunteered in many conferences and other events as a Board Member of MD SHRM. Kelly currently serves on the Executive Board as Secretary for Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board since April of 2013. Kelly is a graduate of the Leadership of Southern Maryland Class of 2016 and also sits on the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, Board of Directors.
Kelly has earned an AS degree in Management Development at the College of Southern Maryland. Kelly has continued her education and is now pursuing her BS in Human Resource Management at the University of Maryland University College and her PHR, HRCI Certification.
An experienced Executive Consultant, the core of her expertise is in accounting and finance. She strengthened her knowledge in accounting and finance at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Fairfax, VA. IAFC provides leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community. While at IAFC she progressed from the Accounting Assistant to the Director of Finance. Southerland-Smith has a demonstrated history organizational management, business process improvement, strategic planning and communications.