Karen Dionisio


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.


Cheryl Hurt

CO-FOUNDER & Project Coordinator

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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.