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
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.
Build A Hero
Jeffrey C. Slagle
Concrete Operations Officer, Chaney Enterprise
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
Homework Headquarters, Founder
Community Wealth Advisors
Investment Associate, Infinex Investments, Inc
Jessica joined the Community Wealth Advisors in 2017, serving as an Investment Associate 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.
Dr. Evalyne B. Ward
MBA, DBA, CAPPM – University of Maryland Community Medical Group, Director of Operations
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.
Economics Committee Chair
American Academy of Professional Coders
American Academy of Medical Management (CAPPM Certification)
Charles County Government
Business Development Loan Fund, Immediate Past Chair
Economic Development Task Force
Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, Board Member
Health Partners, Board Member
Maryland Health Benefits Exchange, Standing Advisory Committee Member
Notary Public (Maryland)
Town of La Plata Planning Comissioner
United Democratic Women of Maryland (Southern Region)
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.