"Dr. Wick needed a hand and he asked for help," Kevin said of his role at Access Carroll. "I tried to take some of the pressure off of him, because he was working as the head of pediatrics at Carroll Hospital and then coming there. A lot of people donated their time, and we worked on the build-out for about three months."
Kevin didn't stop there. He became involved with the Gamber-Smallwood Lacrosse program, and is now the director of the organization. He's a Gamber-Smallwood coach during the spring and winter seasons, and also guides a summer team in the Central Maryland Lacrosse League.
A member of the Westminster Elks, Kevin also serves as an official for USA and YMCA competitive swimming.
Karen was the vice president of Airport Retail Consulting for 13 years. In 2005, she left that business to work for Stewart Homes. Her job change also allowed Karen to stay at home with the Stewarts' three young children.
A kinesiology major at Maryland, she is currently enrolled in the physical therapy assistant program at Carroll Community College and expects to receive her license in January 2013.
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But Karen's commitment to educationhasn't deterred her from volunteering in her community. She's heavily involved with Access Carroll, serving as the organization's treasurer and on its Board of Directors.
"It's probably the best thing I've ever done," she said of her work with the nonprofit. "Access Carroll is absolutely a worthy cause."
Karen, who also directs the concession operation at the Westminster Riding Club, is a past committee member for the WISH Foundation and Taste of Carroll.
"We have such a great group of friends from all different places in the community," said Karen. "The Riding Club is an especially fun place to be."
Kevin admires that his wife has been able to participate in so many activities while going back to college.
"Karen worked in retail for so many years," Kevin said. "Then, she worked with me, and finally had a passion to go back and do what she wanted to do 20 years ago in the physical therapy world."
While the Stewarts remain the picture of community involvement, they are also very supportive of their three children.
Their oldest, Kelsey, is a sophomore at Westminster High School and is a competitive gymnast. Patrick is in the sixth grade at Westminster West Middle and Collin is in his final year at Friendship Valley Elementary. Both boys play football and lacrosse.
"Every sport that our kids play, we are there," Karen said. "You get completely immersed in whatever they're doing. I think our kids appreciate that we're there with them."