ALL ABOUT MER: DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

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1. Who are you and what is your position with the BGP?

I’m Meridith and I’m the Director of Social Media and Communications for the Bullock Garden Project, Inc.

2. How did you get involved with BGP?

When my family lived in Glassboro, we were blessed to have Sonya as a teacher in first grade (with Missy Tees!). It was the first full year the garden was incorporated in classroom learning and since I was the classroom parent, I got to experience learning with the children firsthand.

Needless to say, I was hooked. When the idea for a non-profit came about, I was happy to sign on to help with the social media element.

3. Where did you grow up?

I spent most of my childhood in central New Jersey – Manalapan. Went to school at Rowan and settled here soon after.

4. What are you passionate about?

So many things! My family, my dog, animals in general, running, writing. I’ve always said that whenever I do something, I throw myself into it completely.

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5. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

I’m the coordinator for the Healthy Kids Running Series – Mullica Hill/Mantua and our season starts in less than two weeks. Right now I’m focusing on getting everything lined up for that. There are a lot of moving pieces that all need to come together but I thrive on making everything work and enjoyable for our kid runners.

6. Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

Yes! I’ve been to Haiti (when I was a child), Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and some of the Caribbean Islands.

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7. What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

Fruit: Strawberries. Fun fact: I was so in love with strawberries as a child, I ate a whole carton and then had an allergic reaction. In my 20s I decided to try them again and now I can eat them (but I never eat a whole carton).

Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts. Specifically from Sweet Lula’s in Pitman, but as long as they’re prepared well, I’m happy.

Flower: Lilacs.

8. What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

Writing. I like to approach things from a different angle and present ideas in a way that make me think and inspire others too!

9. What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

5am – wake up for the gym, 7:15am – home from the gym. From there anything goes: sometimes grocery shopping, sometimes work (I work from home), sometimes errands. We try to update the BGP blog so I’m on our social media accounts, sharing that information.

In the afternoon I’m a mom-taxi and drive my kids to and from their activities. Tuesday is usually packed with activities so we do a quick/easy dinner. Most Tuesdays you can find me on my blog Twitter account doing a chat with a community of runners.

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10. What is your life motto/mantra?

I can and I will. It’s a reminder to myself to have faith and that I can do hard things.