2018 COUNCIL LEADERS Were elected at our November 12th, 2017 Congregational Meeting and were installed during the worship service on Feb, 11, 2018.
Gail Wathen – President
Family Life: I’m married with three adult children and three grandchildren whom I adore. I am also blessed to have my 90-year old mom living with me. We have three four-legged members of our family who amuses us on a daily basis. We enjoy the beach any time of year and football season.
Town Where You Live: Callaway, MD
What Brought You to Southern MD?: I came to SOMD because of a job offer at the Holiday Inn in Solomon’s as their Project Director. It gave me an opportunity to be closer to my mom and family who lived in Baltimore. I stayed with that position for a while before accepting another job at Channel 10 where I did layout and design of the Best Buys Magazine and content writer for a publication designed for The National Chambers of Commerce. This was a separate venture on behalf of the owners of Channel 10. When my husband started his business, I left my job to help him. This gave me more time to pursue my passion in the health and fitness world which I had been a part of since 1986.
Job Title and Employer: I am self-employed and have a business called, Breath of Hope Yoga. My partner and I work independently with, and conduct retreats for people who have cancer and other chronic illness. We also offer teacher training’s and continuing education CEU’s for yoga instructors and health care professionals who are interested in using yogic techniques with clients/patients. I also conduct meditation workshops, Enhance Fitness instruction, and specialty yoga classes for the St Mary’s County department of Aging.
GSLC Member Since: 1999
Activities: I love music and enjoy playing with JRP at Good Sam. This for me is not only worship but therapeutic as it allows me to tap into a part of me that needs to be expressed. I also enjoy walks on the boardwalk in OC where I find myself engaging with all kinds of interesting people and where I can just sit my the ocean and meditate.
Family Life: I am married with 4 daughters – 2 grown up and 2 still at home
Town Where You Live: Clements, MD
What Brought You to Southern MD?: The Navy brought us to Southern Maryland – against our will at the time – 15 years ago.
Job Title and Employer: I am currently serving as the Director of New Connections campaign within the ELCA Metro DC Synod and as an executive transition and life coach.
GSLC Member Since: 2003
Family Life: married to Jill; empty nester with three grown kids
Town Where You Live: Lusby
What Brought You to Southern MD?: work/sailing
Job Title and Employer: Principal Systems Engineer with Leidos
GSLC Member Since: 2013
Activities: sailing, tinkering
Robert Mack – Member At-Large
Family Life: Spouse Kanawha, seven children and five grandchildren
Town Where You Live: California, MD
What Brought You to Southern MD?: To have our children enjoy their grandparents are years of physical separation due to military commitment.
Job Title and Employer: NJROTC Instructor for Prince George’s County Public School
GSLC Member Since: 2016
Activities: Working out, Running, Fishing, and any outdoor activities with our children and grandchildren.
Family Life: Married to George Koebke, mother of Megan (28) and Son in Law Andrew, Chelsea (25), and Gregory (13)
Town Where You Live: California, MD – Wildewood
What Brought You to Southern MD?: Teaching career with SMCPS after graduating from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA
Job Title and Employer: Reading Instructional Resource Teacher – Green Holly Elementary
GSLC Member Since: Original Member back in the 90’s – not sure exact year
Activities: Reading, Skiing, Swimming
Anything Else: Originally from up North in Snow Country – Mayville, New York
Family Life: I’m married to the former Lori Dupuis of Crowley, Louisiana. We have three children and blessed with a growing family. Lindsay & Chad, Danielle & Sasha, Lauren & Bo and granddaughters Olive, Sloan, Hazel, Diem and Maple.
Town Where You Live: Lexington Park
What Brought You to Southern MD?: The Navy.
Job Title and Employer: Senior Aviation Maintenance Specialist, Department of Defense.
GSLC Member Since:
Family Life: Son of Robert and Kanawha, my siblings are Hannah, Micah, and Tzipporah.
Town Where You Live: I live in California
What Brought You to Southern MD?: I was born here, and it is where my parents live.
Job Title and Employer: I am a student.
GSLC Member Since: 2016
Activities: I enjoy scouting and I am in the process of achieving Eagle Rank.