As the community outreach specialist for Outlook Enrichment (Enrichment), Megan has fun every day. She has always wanted to plan events that bring a smile to participants. But the path that led her here gave her many challenges to overcome.
By 30, Megan had finished college. She made her living as a server at Big Fred’s Pizza and was in the process of planning the rest of her life. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
But being diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy suddenly put her life on hold.
Megan quickly adapted to using one eye after her first retinal detachment. Even after the second retinal detachment, she held onto her car. She thought the doctors could fix her vision.
Megan soon realized it could not be fixed. For the first time since the age of 15, she faced unemployment and wondered how she would pay her bills.
But Megan’s planning nature combined with her determination pushed her forward. She figured out how to walk to the grocery store and find the items she needed with her remaining vision. She discovered she could still make out some print with the help of magnification. And she started her job search, where she learned about Enrichment.
Megan took a part-time front desk position. She knew she wanted more, but something just felt right about being at Enrichment. A few months later, her current position opened up. The last four years have been a blast for Megan.
If you attend any of Enrichment’s recreation or cultural activities, you will see Megan. She will greet you with a smile and make sure you enjoy yourself. Her limited vision sometimes makes it hard to make out faces or read signs, but she will find a way to get the job done.
When Megan is not planning or working an Enrichment event, she can usually be found with one of her dogs. She has five short-nosed dogs, including a blind French Bulldog named Margaux. Megan loves watching her keep up with her other dogs and do pretty much everything by using her other senses.
Megan is never afraid to try something new, including home improvement projects. You can ask her about her latest home improvement project adventure; she has more than one to share. And if she does not comment on the smell of your freshly baked cookies, don’t get offended. Megan has never been able to smell anything.