For Immediate Release January 23, 2023

Chester River Health Foundation (CRHF) recently elected Chestertown native Kristen Owen to its board of directors for a three-year term. Chester River Health Foundation raises funds to enhance excellence in health care at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Kristen Owen headshot.

Owen, a vice president at Chesapeake Bank and Trust, is deeply rooted in the community and has served on the boards and/or committees of multiple non-profit organizations including Downtown Chestertown Association, Main Street Chestertown, Inc., Garfield Center for the Arts, and Kent School, Inc.

"The Foundation consistently helps fund state-of-the-art medical equipment and services, allowing our small community to access high-quality health care close to home," said Owen. "As a life-long resident, it is an honor for me to be a part of this important work."

"Kristen has a strong record of advocating for causes that are important to her and is well-known in the community," said Richard Barker, Chair, CRHF. "We are grateful that she is sharing her time and talents for the benefit of community health care."

In addition to Barker, Owen joins other members of the CRHF Board: Sandra Bjork, Esquire, vice chair; Carol Hilty Droge; Jack Edson, secretary; Sue Edson, hospital auxiliary president; Michael Faust; JoAnne Hahey, CFO, UM Shore Regional Health and Foundation treasurer; Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health and Foundation President; Libby Woolever, assistant secretary; and Sigrid Whaley.

For more information about the Foundation's efforts, please contact Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director, 410-810-5660 or visit the Foundation's web site at