Meredith McMackin joined Easterseals as the Caregiver Coach for Operation Family Caregiver in 2016. Before coming to Easterseals, Meredith worked as an artist and art therapist. She recently relocated back to the Pacific Northwest after living in Florida for 16 years and earning her Ph.D. in Art Education with a focus in Art Therapy from Florida State University. While there, she volunteered in support of student veterans. With the support of the Student Veteran’s Center, she established an annual fall arts workshop called “Julian’s Creative Arts Workshop” – in honor of her son who was killed serving in Iraq in 2007. Her research focused on using the arts as a means of supporting student veterans as they transitioned from the military into college. Her younger son is currently serving in the Army as a linguist.
Q&A with Meredith:
Why did you join the organization?
I am excited to be a part of an organization that serves so many different populations across the state, and to support the caregivers of service members and veterans with disabilities.
What do you like most about your work or how has your life been impacted since becoming involved?
Although I am new to this job, I feel my life has been enriched by the new relationships I am developing with the caring people at Easterseals Washington, as well as the amazing caregivers who care for our military population who have given so much to our country.