Workforce Development Board Names New Chair

Press Release: Workforce Development Board Names New Chair

HUGHESVILLE, MD (September 24, 2018) — The Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board, an initiative of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has announced a new Board Chair, unanimously elected at its September meeting. Michelle Nicholson, Human Resources Director at Sagepoint Senior Living Services in La Plata will serve a three-year term as Chair of the Board. Sagepoint is a non-profit senior care organization dedicated to providing high quality care and creating an environment that enhances health and wellness for patients, residents, and participants.

Michelle is an empathetic, innovative and deliberate human resources professional with over 10 years of progressive experience in human resources management. She is a thought leader with a proven track record of talent engagement and motivation, strategic human capital planning and employment law expertise. Michelle received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management and a second master’s degree in Human Resources Development. Her formal training is an added benefit to her high degree of professional integrity and insightful strategy to build collaborating teams to improve organizational efficiency and human interaction. Prior to joining Sagepoint, Michelle was the Human Resources Director at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Her purpose is to uplift, inspire, encourage and support others to be their best self. She hopes to motivate others to strive for their secret and known dreams irrespective of challenges and obstacles.

“This is an exciting time for the Workforce Development Board,” says Ms. Nicholson. “I am looking forward to working with staff and my fellow Board members to tackle a number of priorities, including how we can reconnect opportunity youth to school and work, expand job training programs for ex-offenders, assist businesses in upskilling their employees, and update the local strategic plan to embrace the new technology and training choices job seekers have now and will have in the future.”

Earlier this year, the Board welcomed 12 new members, including:

  • Marcia Chase, Human Resources Manager, Naval Systems, Inc.
  • Robin Cullers, Benefits Coordinator, Chaney Enterprises
  • Pennie Drinkard, President, Advanced Vision Systems Inc.
  • Seth Erlin, Chairman, Chesapeake Apothecary LLC
  • Rich Fleming, President/CEO, St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Ghosh, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Waldorf
  • Tracy Latham, Director of Admissions, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship
  • Maureen Murphy, President, College of Southern Maryland
  • Michelle Nicholson, Human Resources Director, Sagepoint Senior Living Services
  • Daniel Palliparambil, Director of Operations & Communications, MedStar Shah Medical Group
  • Mike Scott, Project Manager, CMI General Contractors
  • Mark Wilding, Principal, Calvert Career & Technology Academy


“Having representation from a variety of business sectors on the Workforce Development Board is vital to us as we develop training programs that will meet the current and future workforce needs of employers throughout Southern Maryland,” says Ruthy Davis, Director of Regional Workforce & Business Development for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

The Tri-County Council extends its deepest gratitude to outgoing Chairman Mike Benton who served on the Board for 10 years, the last six as Chair. Board service is the toughest volunteer role, and Mike took on his Board duties with dedication, grace and seriousness. Mike faithfully and tirelessly advocated for the work of the Board and was the judicious steward of everything Workforce Development.

The Workforce Development Board provides oversight and funding direction to the organization. The Board receives input and recommendations from committees and the community. They review funding initiatives and make recommendations to the Board Executive Committee. Board members represent all of Southern Maryland. As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Workforce Development Board is required to have a membership that is private business sector majority. In addition, the Board has representatives from education, public sector leaders, organized labor, and leaders and advocates for workforce development.

For more information on the Workforce Development Board, visit


Southern Maryland JobSource

Southern Maryland JobSource is the service delivery arm of the Workforce Development Board and is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in Southern Maryland. It funds and delivers job training programs that enable adults and youth to develop the skills and knowledge needed for in-demand careers. JobSource also provides ongoing labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its mission is to guide the Southern Maryland workforce delivery system in developing a skilled workforce that meets the needs of businesses and strengthens the local economy.

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Ruthy Davis

Director of Regional Workforce & Business Development

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

(301) 274-1922