RTKC board adds Malzone, Rankin, Wright

CHESTERTOWN — Lou Malzone, Clara Rankin and Andrew Wright have joined the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Kent County as the nonprofit kicks off its 20th year of service to area neighbors. All three have a track record of dedication to RTKC’s mission, volunteering time and skill to help more eligible residents stay safely in their homes.

Malzone first joined RTKC’s Finance Committee in 2021 after a career in the financial services industry on both the East and West coasts. While he enjoyed his years working with consumers and designing accounting systems, he said he is pleased to spend this new chapter focused on volunteering and fishing.

Rankin is a retired attorney and teacher. After spending many summers here, she now is a full-time resident.

An active volunteer everywhere she has lived, Rankin also is serving as RTKC’s unpaid volunteer coordinator. Her responsibilities include recruiting, organizing and helping facilitate the training of volunteers.

Wright first came to Kent County to work at Washington College. He holds a degree in Geospatial Informational Systems and spends his time developing, implementing, training and performance-tuning telecommunications network solutions for clients all over the world.

He and his wife began volunteering on job sites for RTKC in 2021, after renovating their home together in Chestertown.

Outgoing directors are Len Litkowski and Pam Vogel.

Litkowski served for 10 years — as a board member, president and past president.

His steady, committed leadership has helped the organization to increase its budget by 400% and provide more assistance to homeowners each year, according to a news release.

Vogel led volunteer efforts during the COVID pandemic and, through what the organization’s leadership described as “herculean efforts,” expanded its ranks of willing hands.

With her leadership, RTKC completed 61 repairs using volunteers in 2023, a great result for their “Year of the Volunteer.”

In the news release, Vic Pfeiffer, immediate past president, stated: “As our board transitions, I am happy to report that RTKC is in good health. We have benefited tremendously from the time, wisdom, and effort of Len and Pam. We are now fortunate to have these three terrific people — Andrew, Clara and Lou — joining our board of directors. With the great experience and skills they bring to our mission, we are optimistic about a future where more of our neighbors live in safe and healthy homes.”

Rebuilding Together Kent County’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives. The nonprofit leverages gifts of time, money, skill and labor to repair and rehabilitate homes for income-eligible seniors, veterans, those living with disabilities and families with children in Kent County.

All work is done at no cost to homeowners who meet the eligibility criteria.

This is an equal opportunity program.

RTKC is dedicated to ending substandard housing.

To learn more, see www.rebuildingtogetherkcmd.org.

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