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:
Aaron Fenwick, Board Chair
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Aaron R. Fenwick, has spent his career as an executive banking professional sharing his expertise to promote financial empowerment for his clients and partners alike. With over 18 years of experience in banking, client management, commercial credit, and project management; Aaron serves as a consultant to individuals and businesses, both start up sized and multi-million dollar in revenue in pursuit of their financial goals. During his tenure he has developed and implemented strategic initiatives for both national and local sized organizations.
Mr. Fenwick has been a Vice President and Commercial Lender at financial institutions for more than 10 years. Previously, he served as an executive board member and the Treasurer of the LaPlata Blue Knights. Now he serves at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland as the Chairman of the Board where he advocates locally for philanthropy. He serves on the executive board of the Westlake Business Association advocating for local businesses in Waldorf, MD. Aaron also works with the Business Retention and Expansion Task Force which is a program founded by the Charles County Economic Development Department to build a positive business environment for sustainable growth.
Mr. Fenwick has a passion for economic development and believes that successful economic growth stems from individuals giving their talents, time and resources to improve the communities in which they live, work and play. Aaron resides in Charles County, with his wife of 15 years and their 4 children.
Jessica Light, MBA Board Secretary
Community Wealth Advisors
Jessica joined the Community Wealth Advisors in 2017, she is a Financial Advisor with Infinex Investments, Inc. She holds licensing for life and health insurance and achieved Series 7 and 66 registrations. Jessica received a bachelor’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
Ellen Flowers Fields
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 acquisition, project management and implementation of various federal, state and local programs that address community economic development needs. Throughout her career she has acquired and managed nearly $100 million dollars in support of various economic and community development initiatives. Funding acquisition from USDOL, USDA, US Dept of Commerce, Veterans Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and numerous state and local agencies, in NY, GA and MD.
Prior to serving in her current role, Ellen served Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at CSM. Ellen served as Acting Assistant Secretary, and 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. In this role, Ellen led the efforts to establish the region’s first One Stop workforce service delivery system and Workforce Investment Board under the Federal Workforce Investment Act.
Ellen holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Pace University in New York; Certification from the International Business Innovation Association in Business Incubation Management; and is credentialed as a Global Career Development Facilitator from the Center for Credentialing and Education. She is a 2009 graduate of the inaugural Class of Leadership Southern Maryland, an entrepreneur, and a self-published author.
Affiliations include Executive Board member Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; Member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and the Maryland Economic Development Association; Past Board Member Maryland Broadband Coordination Board; Past board chair, Bethel House Inc.; Immediate past Board chair, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland; Alumni of the Inaugural class of Leadership Southern Maryland 2009.
Recognitions include recipient of 2017 Excellence Award from the National League for Innovation in Community Colleges; 2018 recipient of CEO award from the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce; Calvert County Commissioner’s Business owner appreciation recognition 2008 & 2014; Recipient of 2008 Woman of the Year award from Calvert County Concerned Black Women; Recipient of 2005 Charles County Minority Business of the Year; Nominations for the 2006 Leadership Maryland class and 2006 Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
Dr. Evalyne B. Ward, MBA, DBA, CAPPM
University of Maryland Community Medical Group
Dr. Ward has worked for over 30 years in the healthcare industry. She considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunities to serve organizations that aligned well with her personal passions such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Institute of Medicine here in Washington DC. She currently serves as the Director of Operations, Region II, for the University of Maryland Community Medical Group. Dr. Ward served as a governance and finance expert for the Health Resources and Services Agency and traveled extensively as a consultant throughout the US working with Federally Qualified Health Care Centers.
Dr. Ward is certified as an Administrator of Physician Practice Management (CAPPM) from the American College of Physician Practice Managers and operated a private consulting practice located in Charles County. She served 10 years in the United States Army Reserves.
In her spare times she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, decorating, golfing, reading, writing, and sitting by large bodies of water.
Jeffrey C. Slagle
Chairman Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association NOVA concrete council 2011-2012
Director Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2012-2016
Executive Committee Virginia Ready Mix Concrete Association Secretary/Treasurer 2018-2019
NRMCA Developing Industry Leader (DIL) 2005
Charles County Chamber of Commerce Director 2004-2006
Maryland Ready Mixed Concrete Association Director 2006-2008
VRMCA Northern VA Concrete Advisory Council Chairman 2011-2012
VRMCA Board of Directors 2013-2016
VRMCA Executive Committee 2018-2019
A special thank you to the Founding Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Charles County: (from left to right – front row)
John Trefry, Michael Besche, William Greer, Jr., Lara Castle, Kevin Wedding, Dorothy Harper (Advisory Committee), Gretchen Heinze Hardman (Executive Director); (back row) Susan Vogel (Advisory Committee), Michael Middleton, Frank Chaney, Brad Howard, Diane Warren (Advisory Committee). Not pictured: Evie Hungerford and John Jilek, Mary Grant (Advisory Committee) and Michelle Goodwin (Advisory Committee).