SMHAC Announces New Executive Director



Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium Announces New Executive Director

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) was established in 2004 to preserve the heritage of Southern Maryland through quality tourism, cultural and natural resource conservation, education, and business development. In its first 12 years, SMHAC has become a leader in preservation, education, and supporting regional priorities.

To fulfill its mission into the future, and to enhance its role as a model for heritage area development and sustainability, SMHAC is pleased to announce that Lucille Ward Walker has been selected as the new Executive Director for the organization. She comes to the Directorship with an extensive background in senior level management, creating innovative partnerships, proposal writing, grant management, promotion and planning.

A native Marylander, Ms. Walker relocated in the 1990’s to Athens, Georgia where she became the Interim Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Georgia (after having served as the Assistant Director of both Foundation and Corporate Relations for the University). While there she had noted fundraising success, and specialized in establishing and coordinating a variety of partnerships.

Ms. Walker was pleased to return to Maryland in the 2000’s, and her work included assisting the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) as a consultant and business plan writer. She developed market driven analyses of farm and business operations within the Southern Maryland region, supporting individual farmers with strategic goals for maximum growth and sustainability.

Most recently, Ms. Walker established her own consulting business and continued to work with a number of organizations in the region, with an emphasis on destination marketing, land use and preservation, cultural heritage, and educational and interpretive program development.
SMHAC welcomes Lucille Walker and looks forward to expanding the vision of the organization into the future.

The new Executive Director will have her offices in the Tri-County Council Building:
15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD 20637., 301-274-4083