Meredith Mathews, Program Manager
P. 803.254.0230, EXT. 16
When you first meet Meredith, you meet a funny and charismatic woman. When you get to know Meredith, you learn that she also possesses a gentle and curious spirit about her that has a calming effect on all those she meets.
She has the impressive ability to be witty and wise all in the same sentence, and often uses this ability to suggest new ways of doing things. Meredith pushes everyone to think outside the box and is a firm believer that just because something has always been done one way does not mean it has to stay that way.
She is passionate about serving people and thinks it is important to live life in the service of others. She says “being of service doesn’t always mean performing it in an official way—when we treat strangers with loving kindness or we amplify other people’s voices or we let someone know how important they are… all of those are ways we serve others and our larger purpose.”
“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” -Henri Nouven
Education: B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Philosophy, French, and Gender and Women’s Studies (Columbia College, Columbia, SC); French Studies (CIDEF at Université catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, France); Certificate in Nonprofit Management (Duke University, Durham, NC).
Community Engagement: 2017 Blueprint for Leadership Graduate; reading tutor with Midlands Reading Consortium (2015-present)
Awards: Columbia College: Graduated summa cum laude; Received the Outstanding Psychology Student Award and Excellence in Philosophy Award