Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) is proud to announce the election of Michael Allen, Silvana Bowker and Bari Klein to its board of directors.


Michael Allen


Allen is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Harford Bank. He is also a member of the Harford County Economic Advisory Board and serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Harford County and Harford County Education Foundation.


Silvana Bowker


Bowker is Director of the Harford County Local Management Board where she is responsible for a County-wide needs assessment for children, youth and families; administers Local Management Board grants; and implements Harford County’s strategies to meet Governor Larry Hogan’s strategic goals for children, youth and families.


Bari Klein


Klein is the Public Health Program Manager at Healthy Harford and the Director of Strategic Initiatives with Healthy Harford and the Harford County Health Department. She is tasked with improving the health of County residents through the adoption of and access to healthy lifestyles. She also chairs the Harford County Local Health Improvement Coalition for Obesity Prevention and serves on the Harford County Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Board,the Tastewise Kids Advisory Board and is a member of the Harford County Women’s Giving Circle.


“We are very fortunate to have these three proven leaders in our community join CTR’s board. Their expertise, experience and commitment to our mission will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our programs,” said President of CTR’s Board of Directors, Nancy Spence.

Board members are an integral part of the CTR team and guide the organization to sustainability through their expertise and insight. They are invaluable in their advocacy role and provide oversight to the organization’s strategic direction. They are key ambassadors in the community and are visionaries for CTR.


CTR brings healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses, including children and adults with special needs and veterans. For more information, visit


About CTR

Located in Street, Maryland, CTR is the first and only Horse Discovery Center in Harford County. Founded in 2003, the nonprofit is also the only year-round therapeutic riding program in the County. Their mission is “to deliver healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses.”

CTR’s certified staff and trained volunteers are dedicated to serving individuals and groups through therapeutic riding lessons; hippotherapy (physical therapy on horseback); Team Building and Leadership Training and related equine-assisted workshops; Equine Experiences on and off the farm; and a Horse Powered Learning program that helps Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students become more engaged and intrinsically motivated learners.

Additional information about CTR’s programs and services may be found on their website,

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