Owens has served on The Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors since 2005, the past two years as Chairman. In addition, Owens has held several leadership and civic positions in the community, including past chairman and member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and past member of the NC Tax Study Commission, NC State Banking Commission, NC State Parks and Recreation Commission and Pitt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Just recently, he completed his term with the NC Utilities Commission. In 1984, Governor James B. Hunt awarded Owens the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest service award that can be given to a North Carolina citizen.
Palombo’s 35-year career with the Chesapeake School System prepared her for a life of civic duty. During her years in the school system, Dr. Palombo held the positions of teacher, middle school principal, director of personnel and assistant superintendent. After vacationing for many years on the Outer Banks, Palombo and her husband, Robert, decided to retire to their home in Southern Shores in 2002. Palombo serves as a Eucharistic Minister and as co-chair of the Disaster Relief Committee at her church and as a lead volunteer and a disaster relief supervisor with the Interfaith Community Outreach. She also works as a real estate agent with Century 21 Nachman Realty. She is a member of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and National Association of Realtors. Palombo was appointed to the hospital’s Board of Directors in 2009.
The Outer Banks Hospital is a 21 bed acute-care facility offering the latest in healthcare advances and technology, including the best in emergency, surgery, birthing, imaging, diagnostic, therapeutic services and inpatient care. A not-for-profit critical access hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital is a partnership between University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The mission of The Outer Banks Hospital is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality healthcare services.