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Meet the Staff

Bryan Matthews, Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Matthews is a Washington College graduate with a doctorate in education from Wilmington University. A former head lacrosse coach at Washington College and the United States Naval Academy, where he was also an Associate Professor of Physical Education, he then spent twenty-two years as Director of Athletics at Washington College. A Vice President at KRM Development since 2016, he began his role as COO at KAWC in May, 2016.

Kim Welch, Site Director

Kim Welch has been with the Kent Athletic & Wellness Center since 1993. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Salisbury State University and holds these certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness and Fitness Facility Director.

Erica Osterhout, Fitness & Program Director

Erica earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Salisbury University in 2008 and is a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in small group fitness. Erica is also a Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist through NASE for Athlete Performance Training.

Meet Our Front Desk Team

Katie Warrington

Lindsay Herr

Ryan Smith

Judie Barroll

Emma Doll

Ali Zinnel


fitcoach (Trainers) & Fitness Instructors

Kim Welch

Erica Osterhout

Patti Webb

Jill Payne

Sarah Smith-Putnam

Jenny Howard

Wendy Morrison

Holly Pierce

Judie Barroll

Gloria Carter

Kent Athletic & Wellness Center

Our Mission

Work together to delight our customers and generate profit.

Advocate for a healthier community.

Kent Athletic & Wellness Center was founded on the basis that fitness should be attainable to all and that a fit community is the key to a healthier community. As such we serve the community and the people who walk through our doors with a wide range of fitness options to pursue, from exercise classes, to personal training, to sports recreational leagues for kids and adults. When you walk through our doors you are not just going to a “club”; you are entering a friendly and fun fitness facility!

A long history of supporting a healthier community.

Kent Athletic Club first opened their doors in 1980 for the employees of Dixon Valve, an international company headquartered in Chestertown, MD. The club was a success and in 1990 opened it’s doors to the community in addition to Dixon Valve employees.In fall of 1993 we began renovations to upgrade the facility. Some of the renovations included expanding and remodeling the weight room and aerobic studio. Later we added onto the existing building with the front lobby and the gymnasium. In January 1994 we had our grand opening of what now is Kent Athletic and Wellness Center. With effort to please our members and grow the business we remodeled in September of 2014 with fresh flooring and paint colors in pursuit our mission of providing a fun and welcoming fitness club to support a healthy lifestyle. Let us be active in your active lifestyle.

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