We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Meier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, what do you want people to remember about you?
I would like my legacy to be the continuance and growth of the Megan Meier Foundation. I want our foundation to continue the work of bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide prevention well past my own lifetime. While Megan’s Story is an integral part of what we do here at the foundation, I want our work to be so much more; including the stories of all the thousands of people we interact with and touch through our work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of the reach of the foundation so far and the positive impact that we have been able to make in the lives of so many. Realizing that you do not have every answer, as well as the ability to evolve and adapt has been key in getting to where I am today. Like so many people, I don’t want to fail so I do everything in my power to do the very best I can when it comes to the Megan Meier Foundation. For me, that failure means I’ve missed precious opportunities to help the youth and families that many times rely on our foundation for help and support.
I would like the world to know that my story is not unique. So many struggle with the issues of bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. For me, my source of survival and purpose is the mission to make a difference in the lives of those who have been afflicted with those same struggles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my guest to either a Cardinals or Blues game, depending on the season. We would go to the iconic Crown Candy Kitchen. If we were in St. Charles, I would bring them by the office and then grab dinner at Pio’s Restaurant. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my aunt, Vicki, who donated the first $100 to start the foundation as well as pushed and encouraged me to keep going even when I felt like giving up. I would also like to thank the staff of the foundation, without whom fulfilling our mission would not be possible.