Morgan M. Somerville
Inclusion, Equity and Associate Responsibility Analyst
About 18 months after Hurricane Katrina hit, Morgan Somerville volunteered in New Orleans — getting to work on projects like painting and installing floors, doors, windows and trim.
“I was shocked by how much still needed to be done but also the resiliency of the community,” she said.
It was an experience that would come to mean so much to her that she co-founded a program at the university where she worked to bring students to disaster relief sites as an alternative spring break.
It was in New Orleans that she first heard the term “lagniappe,” which means something extra you’re not expecting.
“I have embraced the term as a way of living my life, professionally and personally,” Somerville said. “I try to deliver more than what is expected and be the lagniappe whenever possible.”
In the last 10 years, more than 700 students have participated in “Mission: I’m Home,” the alternative spring break program. When Somerville co-founded it, she was an admissions officer at Stevenson University and it was only in the last few years as director of student engagement that it actually became part of her job description.
Somerville recently started a new role at CareFirst, where she is excited to continue being involved in community engagement and outreach across Maryland, northern Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. She will also be supporting the work of the diversity and inclusion team.
Somerville earned her bachelor’s from James Madison University before going on to earn her Master of Science at Stevenson University, joined its staff and became active in community volunteering.
Kirsten Brinlee, executive director at Baltimore Collegetown Network, describes Somerville as someone who “instantly lifts your spirits.”
“Morgan is someone that you want in your corner, as she champions what she loves and creates relationships, opportunities and connections wherever she goes,” Brinlee said.