Meg BoumanProgram Officer
What do you do at the GHACF?
I support the mission of the GHACF by supporting our responsive and proactive impact-driven community grant program. I also have the unique opportunity to lead the Youth Advisory Council where young minds can join the conversation to make impactful decisions to support programs in our community.
How long have you been with the GHACF?
I joined the team in September of 2022.
Why do you work at the GHACF?
In sixth grade I made it my goal to help the world see people with disabilities as equal. That goal remained at the forefront of my passionate educational and professional journey that led me to working with multiple non-profit organizations. These experiences allowed me to develop a deep appreciation for the world of philanthropy. I am grateful to be a part of the team at GHACF to continue learning and contribute to the important work that is being done here in our community to support organizations that are working hard to achieve their mission driven goals.
Education & Experience
I continued my educational journey after Spring Lake High School at Marquette University where I earned a degree in Exercise Physiology. The next step in achieving my goal sent me to California State University where I earned a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Adapted Physical Activity.
I began my professional career by combining my passion for the outdoors and adventure with my experience working with people with disabilities at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. Being the manager of the Military Department allowed me to work with veterans and service members from around the country and provide them with the opportunity to experience the healing power of the outdoors.
When it was time to come back to Michigan, I was able to secure a position at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital where I was introduced to the world of competitive Adaptive Sports.
Do you have a leisure activity or hobby?
Growing up on Spring Lake taught me to have a deep appreciation for the water. I learned the sport of sailing at a young age at the Spring Lake Yacht Club and am grateful to have used my knowledge of sailing to travel around the country and the globe!
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have lived in eight states in ten years but have always been known as Midwestern Meg.