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Karen Dionisio

Vice President

Karen graduated from Kent County High School in 1981. After graduation she married Leo and settled down to raise a family in Burke, VA. She and her family came home to Chestertown in 1998. In 1997, around a single ‘woman in need’, she gathered a group of friends to support and guide a family in crisis. From that small act was born the Women in Need organization, one of the Upper Shore’s most prolific agencies supporting families, single parents, the elderly and struggling low income populations in need of guidance. Karen and her family are members of Hope Fellowship Church In Chestertown.

Jose Medrano


Happily married to Marissa for 33 years and blessed with 3 children and 2 grand children.
Founding Women In Need board member since inception and currently serving on the board as Treasurer. Owner and Sole-Proprietor of Men On The Move (a local full service moving company) since January 2005. Member of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Better Business Bureau.

Marissa Medrano


I have been happily married to Jose for 33 years. We have 3 grown children and 2 grandsons. I am a Registered Nurse with experience of 30 years. I am currently employed as a nurse case manager at Johns Hopkins HealthCare. I love to listen to Contemporary Christian music- it keeps me grounded and uplifted (particularly since I work from home). I love spending time with my family and especially with our 2 grandsons who bring me a lot of joy. I am a founding and current board member acting as Secretary.

Vickie Neal

Board Member

Born in Grand Forks, N. Dak. Graduated from Aakers Business School. Married Joseph (Joe) Neal raising 5 lovely children and blessed with 11 grandchildren. I retired in 2013 from Suntrust Bank after 39 years as branch manager/Vice President in Chestertown. I currently volunteer at our local hospital and as a character counts coach at Garrett Elementary School. I am a active member of Kent Co. Sorp. Club- the professional women of Kent County. I am a member of Betterton’s Womens Auxiliary American Legion.

Steve Weller

Board Member

Born in Chestertown – native of Kent/Queen Anne’s county – Graduated from Queen Anne’s High School – Graduate of Towson University – Masters from Loyola College in Maryland – 27th year in education, working in Queen Anne’s and Kent County – Currently Assistant Principal at Kent County High School – Married to wife Kari for ten years – two children and three step-children.

Rebecca Lepter

Board Member

I am a wife and mother to two amazing little boys. For ten years, I have enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher and working in other ways to try and care for those in my community. I am also lucky enough to have a job that I love as the Director of Family & Community Partnerships in Kent County (Kent County’s Local Management Board). In that capacity, I have the privilege of working with many groups, agencies and individuals who share the same goal of creating better services, programs and opportunities that enable children and families to feel connected, successful, and strong.