Rural Maryland Council welcomes nine new board members

Rural Maryland Council welcomes nine new board members

Nine regional leaders were recently elected to the board of directors of the Rural Maryland Council (RMC). RMC is an independent state agency that brings together rural leaders, government officials at all levels, and the representatives of the non-profit and for-profit sectors to develop public policy solutions to the challenges unique to rural Maryland.

Elected to a one year term ending in 2014 are:

  • Loretta Lodge, executive director of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce, representing District 4 – Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties.










  • Stephen Wright, Ph.D., associate dean/associate director of University of Maryland Extension.














  • John Hartline, executive director of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.
  • Craig Hartsock, council president of the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.

Elected to a two-year term ending in 2015 are:

  • David Smith, town manager for the Town of Hancock, representing Maryland Municipal League.David-Smith1173R








  • Perry Stutman, Queenstown town commissioner, representing Maryland Municipal League.













  • Santo Grande, chief executive officer of Delmarva Community Services, representing Maryland Association of Community Action Agencies.
  • Al Silverstein, president and chief executive officer of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.













  •  William McGowan, Ed.D., USDA Rural Development state director for Delaware and Maryland.

“Having a diverse board helps us respond to the many and varied needs of our constituents,” says Charlotte Davis, executive director of the Rural Maryland Council. “I look forward to working with our new board members in the coming years as we tackle the challenges our rural communities face,” she adds.

Founded in 1994, the RMC operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the voice of rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state to flourish and to gain equity to its suburban and urban counterparts. The vision for RMC is the ultimate realization that citizens living in rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and other vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are being sustained for future generations.

To learn more about the Rural Maryland Council call (410) 841-5774 or email Connect with the Rural Maryland Council at or on Twitter @RuralMaryland.