Meet the Economic Development Staff
Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Director of Economic Development, holds a B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Maryland. Ms. Robertson-Slagle has over 26 years of experience in government relations, business development, financial analysis, marketing, grant writing, program management, event planning and direct technical business assistance. In addition, Ms. Robertson-Slagle has extensive experience in working with new and expanding businesses and cultivating relationships between counties and the business community, economic development agencies, and state and regional agencies.
She previously served as Calvert County’s business retention specialist. Prior to joining the department, Ms. Robertson-Slagle served as director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she provided leadership in planning, coordinating and overseeing the development, delivery and reporting of all professional programs, activities and services for the Southern Maryland region. She also served as business development manager for the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, director of government/member relations with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and business development specialist with the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development where she worked directly with local jurisdictions on business retention and expansion projects. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Maryland and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland. She is a current member of the Program committee for the Maryland Economic Development Association. In addition, she is an active member of the International Economic Development Council and Northeastern Economic Developers Association. Her past board experience includes; the Patuxent Partnership, Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board and Leadership Southern Maryland.<
Danita Boonchaisri, Deputy Director and Business Development Manager, holds a B.S. in communications and an M.S. in business management from University of Maryland University College. She has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing and communications and over 15 years of experience in economic development. Ms. Boonchaisri is responsible for managing the Calvert County Industrial Park and Patuxent Business Park. She is a business ombudsman for the county, a commercial site plan monitor on behalf of the business community and administrator of the Calvert Economic Development Loan Fund (CEDLF). Prior to joining the Department of Economic Development, she served as director of the Small Business Development Center, Southern Region, and the Entrepreneur and Leadership Center at the College of Southern Maryland. She also worked as a senior administrator and publication manager at the American Physical Society.
She is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is also a 2008 graduate of Leadership Maryland.
Kathy MacAdams, Business Retention Specialist, holds a B.S. degree in business management and an M.S. in business from the University of Maryland, University College. Her experience stems from federal government analysis, business assistance and academic business teachings. In addition, Ms. MacAdams is certified in Import/Export and Business Consulting.
Prior to joining the department, Ms. MacAdams was a business consultant for the Small Business Development Center, Southern Region (SBDC) where she assisted the small business community in all life cycles. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy as an analyst for over 10 years.
Hilary Dailey, Tourism Program Specialist, holds an MTA (Masters in Tourism Administration) with a concentration in Destination Management from The George Washington University and is a certified Tourism Ambassador for Maryland. She was appointed to her position in September 2018.
Prior to joining the department, Ms. Dailey served as Vice-President in charge of Marketing for Scorpion Brewing, a local Calvert County microbrewery, and has been a board member of both the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and the Bay Business Group for over a dozen years. These positions have allowed her to work together with many area businesses and organizations in promoting the history, tourism attractions and industry of Calvert County.
Kelly Swann, Agricultural Development Specialist, holds a B.S. degree in education from Towson University. She has experience as a mobile science lab teacher with the Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation. Most recently, Ms. Swann served as the marketing specialist with Swann Farms in Owings. She has over eight years of experience in agriculture marketing, social media strategy, website development and agriculture education. She is also a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau.