Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Hansen '13

May 8, 2019

Meredith Hansen

Graduating Class: 2013

Major: Psychology

Minor(s): Human Services, Spanish

Involvement at SNC: Diversity scholar/programming, Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honors Society), Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society), Psychology Club, Spanish Club, Tutor

Current Occupation: Program Coordinator

Location: Center for Norbertine Studies (SNC)

Future Plans: Graduate in May 2020 with her MBA from SNC. She is hoping to use her background in non-profit and for-profit organizations to find ways these two sectors can be more aligned for the betterment of our community’s economy.

 

Post SNC  Update:

 

Meredith credits her year-long internship during her senior year at SNC to helping her land her first job right after graduation, working as a Resource Specialist at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County. She spent about six years with this organization, becoming involved in community-level initiatives & programming. She is proud to have worked on a number of teams that made great changes in our community, such as creating a mental health database, participating on a grant to help families use FoodShare dollars at local farmers markets, and writing curriculum on caring for older adults and adults with disabilities for MCW students (the first program of its kind in the state).

 

Additionally, she has been a proud volunteer at a local no-kill animal shelter, Happily Ever After (HEA), for the past six years. And yes, she is a two-time rescue mom thanks to HEA! She also serves on a United Way Impact Council and United Way’s Emerging Leader Society, a group of young community leaders who mentor 4th graders at Elmore Elementary School. She also has a passion for local, sustainable agriculture, and was a part of a small team (almost all were SNC grads) that started a winter farmers market in the Titletown Taproom. Not only did she work with older adults at ADRC, but during her time at SNC and a few years afterwards, she and her family were full-time caregivers for my grandparents. That experience taught her that relationships and making memories are the most important things in life because those meaningful experiences are what you take with you when you leave this earth.

 

Along with everything else, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, yoga, kayaking, and of course, visiting farmers markets. She is from Green Bay and plans to spend her career there because she “wants to give back to a community that gave her so much.”

 

During her time in the Honors Program, she learned that you should do things that get you out of your comfort zone. During her four years at SNC, she never even considered that her career would lead her to an MBA, but after looking at different grad programs, she knew the MBA was the right next step because it scared her. “When you do things that are unexpected and scary, you generally learn the most, grow the most, and have the most fun!”

 

We are so proud to have Meredith as both an Honors Program and SNC alum. We can’t wait to see how she changes the Green Bay community. Thanks Meredith!

 

 

 

 

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