The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland (CFSOMD) is proud to announce the 2019 Philanthropy Day Hall of Fame inductees. Established in 2008, the Philanthropy Hall of Fame commemorates individuals and groups who have given selflessly of their time, energies, and funds to improve the well-being of their communities. This year’s Philanthropy Day Luncheon will be held Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:30 AM Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20601.
This year’s keynote speaker will be the Executive Director of Chesapeake Charities, Linda Kohler who has been there since it awarded its first grant in 2005. She manages the daily operations of the organization and its 95+ funds, provides assistance to those interested in philanthropy, and secures resources to address community needs. Linda’s background includes banking and finance. She served as Managing Director for Millenium Capital Development, an investment firm specializing in telecommunications and information technology products; and Vice President of Treasury Bank, a “boutique bank” chartered in the District of Columbia. Linda is a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant specializing in grants, evaluation, and strategic planning.
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Susan is the Executive Director of the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, the philanthropic arm for Charles County’s only hospital. In her position since 1999, Susan leads a 25 member board of directors in strategically building awareness and providing resources to enhance the 100 bed Medical Center. With a staff of two, the Foundation hosts several annual fundraising events and generates funds through annual, memorial and planned giving contributions.
Prior to this role, Susan was Director of Development at the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and also worked as an Events Director for the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A native of Charles County, Susan attended St. Mary’s Ryken High School and Loyola College in Baltimore. She has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, the Zonta Club of Charles County, and the Arc of Southern Maryland. A 2009 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland, Susan is a Past Board Chairman of that organization.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys traveling to the Delaware shore, reading, music and connecting with family and friends. Susan celebrated her 27th wedding anniversary in September to her husband Keith and they have two children, Kip (24) and Julia (19).
Blacklock (“Lock”) Wills, Jr. serves as Chairman, CEO, and President of the Wills Group. In this role, Lock oversees the strategy, management, and successful operation of the company’s nearly 300 retail locations across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Dash In, Splash In ECO Car Wash, and SMO Motor Fuels.
Elected to The Wills Group Board of Directors in 1985, Lock became the President of The Wills Group in 1988, was appointed CEO in 1993, and has served as Board Chairman for the past 21 years.
As Chairman, Lock has continued his family’s long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities in which they live and operate their businesses. In 2016, Lock led the design and launch of a new Corporate Community Engagement program to increase the company’s commitment and deepen its community impact. Over the past three years, thanks to the passion and commitment of its employees, The Wills Group has provided hundreds of employee volunteer hours and nearly $1.5 million in grants to organizations across the Mid-Atlantic.
Lock has also served in many civic leadership roles including: the Charles County 350th Anniversary Committee; Town of La Plata Vision Committee; Past Director of the Mattawoman Creek Arts Center Board; Charles County Planning Commission; La Plata Centennial; Past Chairman of the Center of Business and Industry Fund Drive; Past Chairman of the Rotary Club of Charles County; Chairman of the American Heart Association, Business Campaign; Charles County Citizen’s Advisory, Committee for Comprehensive Plan and the James C. Mitchell Health Center Fund Drive Committee.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond, Lock received his Master’s Degree in Finance and Investments from George Washington University in 1978. Lock and his wife, Michele, live in Port Tobacco, Maryland, not far from where he grew up, and have four sons, three daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren.
Michele Wills’ commitment to serve began over 40 years ago in her hometown of La Plata as a Parole and Probation Agent for the Maryland Department of Corrections. This early experience shaped Michele’s understanding and perspective on the unique struggles faced by families in local communities and across the state.
Today, Michele chooses to volunteer her time at various organizations that support local families and communities in need, including LifeStyles of Southern Maryland.
Her past community service includes St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point, Archbishop Neale School, Gonzaga College High School, and Cub Scouts. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Jude House.
Michele’s professional and volunteer work also informs her service on The Wills Group’s Community Leadership Team. Michele has played an integral role in the design and launch of The Wills Group’s renewed Corporate Community Engagement program in 2016 and particularly, the company’s efforts to address the basic needs of children and families. Michele provides thought-leadership and counsel on the company’s volunteerism and charitable giving across the Mid-Atlantic.
A 1976 graduate in Law Enforcement from Charles County Community College, Michele also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
A proud native of Southern Maryland, Michele resides in Port Tobacco with her husband, Lock. They have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and 6 grandchildren.
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