Laytonsville resident Paula Linthicum, office manager and proprietor of Seneca Ayr Farms and Homefront Accounting, was one of 22 leaders from across the state selected to participate in LEAD Maryland’s 2013-14 class.
The nonprofit LEAD Maryland Foundation works to increase the number of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources and rural communities.
“LEAD Maryland has been remarkably successful in identifying and developing an on-going cadre of leaders who understand the complexities of agriculture and natural resources,” Earl F. “Buddy” Hance, Maryland’s secretary of agriculture and a member of the LEAD board of directors, said in a news release. “Agriculture and natural resources, as well as rural development issues are far from simple. LEAD Maryland helps ensure that we have informed and effective leaders working on public policy and public education. I congratulate and welcome all of the new fellows.”
The two-year fellowship will provide Linthicum and other participants with public issues education, skills building, leadership development and personal growth.
In a competitive process, LEAD selects fellows who have demonstrated emerging leadership abilities and a genuine interest in agricultural, natural resources and rural community issues. Participants become better equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, and influence public policy important to Maryland’s farmers.