The board of the Pine Street Committee, also known as the Cambridge Empowerment Center, has appointed Sharon Chester as its new part-time executive director.
Chester grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge Senior High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
After graduating, she moved to Prince George’s County to work in early childhood education for 43 years. She also served as the regional manager for the Office of Childcare in Prince George’s County.
After retiring, Chester moved back to Cambridge. She is a dedicated member of the Progressive of Dorchester/Temple No. 224, where she serves as the Daughter Ruler.
She is also a board member of the Maces Lane Community Center, former Oziel Chapter No. 23 Order of the Eastern Star, Fellowship Chapter No. 58 Order of the Eastern Star and Ravens Roost No. 35 of Annapolis.
Chester was hired by the Empowerment Center in October 2022 to help the group apply for a Maryland State Childcare License. She was essential in the reopening of the Pine Street Enrichment Program which offers a licensed after-school and full-time summer program for children 5 to 13 years old.
Her motivation and enthusiasm to serve the youth in the community is driven by the day-to-day relationships that she so naturally develops with children.
“I believe that my purpose is to encourage each child to seek and grow into the best version of themselves,” Chester said. “I hope that the precious memories that are created among the children, staff and volunteers at the PSEP will be used as stepping stones in their life journey and inspire each of them to be motivated, respectful, honest and caring individuals, no matter what career path they embrace in life.”
The Board of Directors also welcomed Judy Prahl as the new part-time director of growth and development.
Prahl graduated with a nursing degree from New England Baptist School of Nursing and a degree from Mercer University in marketing and accounting.
She was a marketing and communications manager for Cambridge International from 1994 to 2004.
She has worked with other companies prior to this and has experience in grant writing, fundraising, advertising and social media.