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Michael
Meredith
December, 1952
Bio: 
After 32 years as a project manager (i.e. wage slave) for AT&T, I was able to retire early and begin doing the types of work that I enjoy most. I fill in my days with part-time work at the St. Louis Zoo (as a railroad engineer) and working to support my lovely wife Sue, who is a Missouri State Representative in her political endeavors. The bulk of my time with AT&T was spent managing diverse projects within the IT and marketing areas; working on Prior to my career with AT&T, I held a number of sales and marketing positions, leading teams working on warehouse systems, marketing systems, fleet management, product development, and web development. I also earned a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute during my career. From 1991 until 2003 I also worked as an adjunct instructor for National-Louis University and Webster University. Immediately upon retirement, I was named an Organizing for Action Digital Fellow and spent three months in Chicago, IL (in the dead of winter) learning about all facets of digital media, organizing and social media campaigns. During that time I was fortunate enough to write some Twitter and Facebook copy for President Barack Obama. I've lived in Missouri my entire life, however I am a committed traveler; first for business reasons and now for pleasure. My favorite place on Earth (thus far) is the Hawaiian island of Kauai; but I have very fond memories of England, France, Belgium (Bruges is wonderful!), Italy (Florence is fantastic!), Australia, Argentina, Kenya (WOW!), and Antarctica (double WOW). Sadly bucket list of travel destinations is far longer than my financial portfolio or life expectancy will probably allow, but that means that I always have somewhere else to look forward to visiting.
Volunteering Experience: 
Since 1990 I've evolved over time from what I will term parental volunteering (amateur athletic associations and charity events), to professional golf tournaments, competitions like the Missouri Whitewater Championships (as a judge) and regional sports events for the St. Louis Sports Commission. But the bulk of my volunteer experience since 2007 has been in the area of conservation and environmental education. That began with my certification as a Missouri Master Naturalist (of which I served a two year term as President of our local chapter) and expanded to the St. Louis Audubon Society. I have logged over 1200 volunteer hours for conservation groups since the beginning of 2008. In addition, as something of a political junkie, I have spent countless hours supporting my wife (an elected Missouri State Representative) with feet on the ground work, IT support, graphics design and "whatever it takes". I've also volunteered for a number of other local and statewide candidates. Simply put, I find volunteer work to be far more satisfying than any of my paid career positions. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy my professional career, far from it. But volunteerism strikes a vary special chord in my psyche.
Education: 
MA from Webster University, BA degree from Webster University
Occupation: 
project manager - retired.
Other Skills: 
web development and computer skills
organizational managment
communication and writing
teaching and education
photography
conservation education
Michael Meredith
St. Louis
United States
December, 1952
Description
After 32 years as a project manager (i.e. wage slave) for AT&T, I was able to retire early and begin doing the types of work that I enjoy most. I fill in my days with part-time work at the St. Louis Zoo (as a railroad engineer) and working to support my lovely wife Sue, who is a Missouri State Representative in her political endeavors.

The bulk of my time with AT&T was spent managing diverse projects within the IT and marketing areas; working on Prior to my career with AT&T, I held a number of sales and marketing positions, leading teams working on warehouse systems, marketing systems, fleet management, product development, and web development. I also earned a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute during my career.

From 1991 until 2003 I also worked as an adjunct instructor for National-Louis University and Webster University.

Immediately upon retirement, I was named an Organizing for Action Digital Fellow and spent three months in Chicago, IL (in the dead of winter) learning about all facets of digital media, organizing and social media campaigns. During that time I was fortunate enough to write some Twitter and Facebook copy for President Barack Obama.

I've lived in Missouri my entire life, however I am a committed traveler; first for business reasons and now for pleasure. My favorite place on Earth (thus far) is the Hawaiian island of Kauai; but I have very fond memories of England, France, Belgium (Bruges is wonderful!), Italy (Florence is fantastic!), Australia, Argentina, Kenya (WOW!), and Antarctica (double WOW). Sadly bucket list of travel destinations is far longer than my financial portfolio or life expectancy will probably allow, but that means that I always have somewhere else to look forward to visiting.
Volunteering Experience
Since 1990 I've evolved over time from what I will term parental volunteering (amateur athletic associations and charity events), to professional golf tournaments, competitions like the Missouri Whitewater Championships (as a judge) and regional sports events for the St. Louis Sports Commission. But the bulk of my volunteer experience since 2007 has been in the area of conservation and environmental education. That began with my certification as a Missouri Master Naturalist (of which I served a two year term as President of our local chapter) and expanded to the St. Louis Audubon Society. I have logged over 1200 volunteer hours for conservation groups since the beginning of 2008.

In addition, as something of a political junkie, I have spent countless hours supporting my wife (an elected Missouri State Representative) with feet on the ground work, IT support, graphics design and "whatever it takes". I've also volunteered for a number of other local and statewide candidates.

Simply put, I find volunteer work to be far more satisfying than any of my paid career positions. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy my professional career, far from it. But volunteerism strikes a vary special chord in my psyche.
Education
MA from Webster University, BA degree from Webster University
Occupation
project manager - retired.
Other Skills
web development and computer skills, organizational managment, communication and writing, teaching and education, photography, conservation education
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