New Start for Choptank Chapter
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The alumni chapter that represents Washington College graduates in the mid-Shore area is getting a new name and new leadership. The chapter formerly known as the Talbot County Chapter is now called the Choptank Chapter, reflecting a membership that spans into Caroline and Dorchester counties.
Taking over the reins from long-time chapter co-chairs Kristina Henry ’88 and Eleanor Shriver Magee ’93 are Mark Pellerin ’75 and Kari Rider ’04.
Pellerin earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies as a nontraditional student, starting college at age 25 after a stint in the workforce. He has worked as a yacht skipper and sales representative and today manages several yachts as well as appraising and selling real estate. Rider, an international studies major, is owner of Easton-based Kari Rider Events, a boutique event-planning company she launched in 2009 to provide individually-styled weddings and special events throughout the Eastern Shore and beyond.
Both new chairs agree that Henry and Magee will be a hard act to follow. “Kristina and Eleanor have done such a great job of keeping alumni in the area up to date on events and news from the college,” says Rider. “I loved my experience at Washington College and really wanted to do something to give back. I’m looking forward to growing the chapter and creating some very memorable events for the Choptank area alums.”