Freedom Rowers Welcomes New Board Members

Freedom Rowers welcomes Stan Bright, Jay Harford and Mary Ann Henker to its Board of Directors with terms beginning this month. They will join five other Directors to provide strategic direction and support to the organization and its mission to help youth achieve their full potential through the sport of rowing.

Stan Bright resides in Oxford, MD and New London, NH and retired as Chairman and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company in Des Moines, Iowa after 26-year career in the electric and gas utility industries with MidAmerican and Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, D.C. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Oxford Community Center, a member of the Board of Advisors for the George Washington University Business School and is also a past member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Iowa School of Business.

Jay Harford of Trappe, MD is the owner of Kent Ltd. and has led an exceptional career as an engineer specializing in the development of underwater technology, including the search equipment for Jacques Cousteau and Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic. He is a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame of the University of Rhode Island and serves as the Secretary of the Marine Technology Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the MidShore Community Band and Coastal Conservation Association and is Treasurer of Maryland Saltwater Sport-fishing Association.

Mary Ann Henker is the President of The Henker Group, a national marketing, public relations, and business development firm based in Easton, MD. Prior to founding The Henker Group, she was the executive director of the Giant Screen Theater Association. Henker was honored as the 2010 Business Woman of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and received The Daily Times “Successful by 40 Award.” She was the PR Chair for the Frederick Douglass Honor Society 10-Mile Race and Celebration and has also supported PR efforts for Building African-American Minds and the Chesapeake Film Festival. She is currently producing an IMAX theater film on leadership for which fundraising efforts are underway.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stan, Jay and Mary Ann to our Board of Directors,” comments Board President Mike Moore. “They are all outstanding community members and our organization will benefit greatly from their expertise and energy. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead.”

About Freedom Rowers
Freedom Rowers is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to help youth achieve their potential through the sport of rowing. The organization serves youth in seventh to twelfth grade from Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Kent and Dorchester Counties and rows out of the Evergreen Cove Holistic Center off of Port Street in Easton. Freedom Rowers welcomes new rowers, volunteers and coaches. All donations to Freedom Rowers are tax deductible and go to support the team’s practices and regatta participation. Donations over $500 are eligible for State tax credits. Please call the team phone 410-829-1691 or visit for more information and to learn about upcoming events.