The Charles County Social Services Advisory Board works to strengthen the well-being of our diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of all children, adults, and families through assistance, partnership, advocacy, outreach, and quality services.

Vision Statement

A safe, healthy, informed and inclusive community.


Inclusivity: Belief in the importance of reducing the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities so all individuals have access to services, opportunities and a life in the community.

Compassion: Provision of services with empathy, dignity and kindness.

Quality Care: Provision of care that is restorative and enhancing to individuals and families supported.

Integrity: Embracing the highest standards of behavior and promotion of honesty, responsibility, trustworthiness and fairness in all our relationships.

Excellence: Consistent pursuit of a higher standard.

Accountability: Holding everyone responsible for the security and well-being of our community.

Empowerment/Self-Determination: Support and encouragement of shared decision making and self-directed care and, whenever possible, provision of choice regarding services and environments of care.

DONATE – Link https://www.massbfoundation.org/community-resources

Donate to a Cause: Emergency Housing Family Care

Programs and Partnerships – After 21 Resource List

MicroGrants Google Doc Link
Clifford House

Meeting Dates and Times: 3rd Tuesday of each Month

6:30 PM to 7:45
Open Meeting unless otherwise listed

Volunteer: Volunteer in Our Events and Activities


Markita Kelly

Owner and Lead Teacher of A Place to Grow Childcare

Markita Kelly is the owner and lead teacher of A Place to Grow
Childcare in Charles County, MD. Markita started A Place to Grow Childcare in the city of Waldorf in order to meet the needs of the growing community and to fulfill her goal of educating children.

She has been a member of the Charles County community since 2018. Markita was born in Washington, DC and graduated in 2014 from UMGC with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English with a minor in Human Resources. She has worked in education since 2009, working with both elementary aged students as well as pre-k early learners. Prior to her career in education she worked in the private sector in human resources, recruiting, marketing, sales, telecommunications and customer
service. Markita worked in charter schools in Washington, DC providing quality education until 2022 when she decided to open an early childhood program in her home. She has extensive educational experience, preparation and practical experience in childhood growth and development through the completion of the KIPP DC Capital Teacher Residency program and work as a lead teacher and
mentor teacher with Apple Tree Public Charter schools. She has worked as an instructional assistant, resident teacher, lead teacher, mentor and now a childcare owner. To further support the Charles County community Markita coaches baseball with the Charles County Youth League (CCYL) and works on the Charles County Department of Social Services (CCDSS) Advisory Board currently as the Board Chair. In addition to the many children Markita has been blessed to work with, she has two children of her own, ages 7 and 3. She understands the importance that early childhood education has on future success in school and in life. She is excited to be able to offer a highly individualized play-based preschool program in the Waldorf, MD community and is looking forward to making a positive impact on the preschool-aged children enrolled in A Place to Grow Childcare.


Marian K. Veney Ashton


Jacqueline Marshall Hall

RN and Certified Case Manager

I am Jacqueline Marshall Hall, RN and Certified Case Manager. I have been a RN for 42 years with extensive experience in Nursing Leadership, Case Management, and mentoring young nurses towards success. I have used my expertise to assist families and individuals through their most challenging personal times. The medical world can be quite complex to navigate, but with the assistance of an empathetic case manager, together we can address most issues. I decided to serve on the Board of Social Services because the needs of the community are great and many Charles County residents are unaware of the available services and resources. My hope is that we can bring more awareness to both the needs and available
resources to all the residents of Charles County. I believe that it is important that we attempt to serve the needs of all County residents in order to build a stronger community.


Seth Young

Seth Bacon is a Professor of Sociology at the College of Southern Maryland. Born and raised in upstate NY, Seth spent over a decade in the Southwest US studying social inequality. After receiving his PhD from the University of Arizona, Seth spent a number of years developing and managing online degree programs for disadvantaged students at prominent universities in Arizona and Colorado. Seth currently resides near La Plata with his wife and two daughters.


Kathryn Young

Kathryn Young has a mission: to help people find their path toward personal and
professional success. With 25+ years of experience with young adults, entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofit organizations, and at-risk communities, Kathryn is well-equipped to help her clients move forward and experience enhanced personal and professional success. As a coach, Kathryn skillfully guides individuals and organizations to develop systems and procedures to achieve their goals. Drawing on a well of personal life experience, including adoption, blended families, domestic violence, surviving trauma and abuse, and building a successful life and business, Kathryn helps clients move forward with purpose and confidence.
A single mother of three amazing daughters, she knows firsthand how hard it is
managing home, work and extended family. She doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers. No one has all of the answers! Kathryn does know the questions to ask to get you to where you want and need to be. Your Infinite Paths isn’t just a slogan. Kathryn believes there are as many ways to get from point “A” to point “B,” as there are people; that we’re all seeking our own path forward, to our best life.


Natalie Thomas

Charles County Department of Social Service board member Natalie Thomas is a lifelong resident of Charles County. Natalie graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High School in 1989. She went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Charles County Community College (College of Southern Maryland) and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland. Currently she works as a financial analyst for a government contracting company. Natalie has a heart for helping others. Within her local church she has served as the youth ministry director, young adult ministry director, and is currently the community engagement ministry director. Natalie completed the Charles County Government Citizens Academy in Spring of 2022.