Neal-Edwards, Thompson join Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s board

CHESTERTOWN — Shelly Neal-Edwards and Rob Thompson have been appointed to the board of directors of Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for youth.

Both attended local public schools and graduated from Kent County High School.

Neal-Edwards, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, is director of the Kent County Department of Social Services.

Thompson, a graduate of James Madison University’s Integrated Science and Technology program, is senior vice president and senior loan officer at Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown.

The addition of Neal-Edwards and Thompson to the board will strengthen Horizons’ mission and “enhance its ability to make a positive impact in the community,” a news release states.

Throughout her career, Neal-Edwards has demonstrated her investment in assisting children, families and adults in the community. Her insight and expertise as a social worker “will especially help strengthen the organization’s pulse on the children we serve,” the news release states.

Thompson is a long-standing supporter of Horizons. The organization will benefit from his financial acumen.

Thompson’s “passion for community will be instrumental in expanding Horizons’ reach and fostering partnerships with key stakeholders,” the news release states.

Speaking on behalf of the board, President Kate Goodall Gray welcomed the two new directors.

“Their expertise and dedication to our community will undoubtedly strengthen our organization and help us create even greater opportunities for the students we serve,” she said in the news release.

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s offers a tuition-free, academic and enrichment program for elementary and middle school students living in under-resourced communities.  

Through a comprehensive summer learning program and year-round support, Horizons aims to close the opportunity gap and empower children to reach their full potential.

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