Meg, 38, was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania. She grew up in East Berlin with her parents and brother. Her mom was employed as an administrative assistant at Bermudian Springs School District and her father was a lifelong employee of GTE/Verizon. Both are now happily retired and still live in South Central Pennsylvania. Meg graduated from Bermudian Springs High School in the top 5% of her class. She was very involved in school activities including athletics, student government, school musical productions, and chorus. She then attended Virginia Tech with a dual major in sociology and English. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and at the top of her class in both majors. While attending college, Meg worked with many volunteer organizations including running the high school tutoring program, serving as an officer of Golden Key National Honor Society, and President of the Virginia Tech YMCA Student Programs. The VT YMCA Student Programs is the largest volunteer organization on campus. As President, she was reposnisble for developing and defending the budget to the University, training volunteers, representing the University outside of campus and recruiting volunteers. The organization averaged over 1000 volunteers and helped over 27,000 members of the surrounding community.
Meg lives in Winding Hills in Mechanicsburg with her husband, Dr. Peter Brown (a dentist in Mechanicsburg) and two children. Her son attends Mechanicsburg Middle School and her daughter is a 5th grader at Upper Allen Elementary School. She is a parent manager for the Keystone Football Club and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. In her free time, Meg enjoys watching her children participate in sports, reading, cooking and traveling.
Upon graduation, Meg was employed by the United States Navy as a contract negotiator (civilian employee). She spent 3 years working at the Naval Inventory Control Point in Philadelphia and then 2 years in Mechanicsburg. Meg negotiated contracts for the F/A-18 fighter jet, the Closed in Weapon System, Foreign Military Sales, and other items. As a contract negotiator she was responsible for soliciting quotes from vendors and then negotiating final contracts based on government budgets and needs. This required awarding contracts that were in the best interest of both the government and the vendor. She awarded contracts that were up to $240 Million in value. Negotiating contracts required setting up budgets, working within budgets, awarding legally sound contracts, negotiating all terms with vendors, and ensuring contract delivery. All of this had to be done with the good to the members of the Navy and also the taxpayer in mind. While working with the Navy, Mrs. Brown also obtained her Masters in Business Administration which she completed in 2004.
In 2006, Meg decided to take some time off of full time work to stay home with her children. After a break of about 3 years, Meg began to work as a travel agent with Harrigan Holidays. Since 2010, Meg has been helping community members plan trips all over the world.
Experience in the schools
Meg has always had a passion for children and education but it was not until her children began school that her passion for volunteering in the school started. For the past 3 years, she has served as Treasurer of the Shepherdstown/Upper Allen PTO. She serves as the Vice President of the Mechanicsburg Middle School PTO and also Vice President of the Mechanicsburg Area School District PTO Governing Board. In addition, she serves as a volunteer with Junior Achievement in the classrooms.
She also helps teachers and staff as needed throughout the school year. Because of her continuing involvement in the school Meg has been able to witness the amazing things that are happening inside Mechanicsburg Area School District. She has witnessed the evolvement of technology in the classroom, watched the administrators overcome the population rise, and firsthand witnessed all of the obstacles our educators have to overcome everyday but has also witnessed how much these educators truly love their jobs and the community they work in.
Meg also serves as a substitute on as needed basis within the district. In addition to the above items, she also:
- Ran the Shepherdstown Elementary Book Fair for 3 years
- Has run the Upper Allen Book Fair for 3 years
- Raised over $4,000 to help provide books to all children and teachers during the Book Fair
- Has served on hiring committees for staff
- Has helped with the Shepherdstown and Upper Allen Elementary School Holiday Breakfast
- Volunteered at the Shepherdstown and Upper Allen Elementary Variety Shows
- Helps at the Shepherdstown and Upper Allen Elementary Fathers Pankcake Breakfast
- Helps at Community Day
- Volunteers with Math24
- Helps during school picture days
- Serves on other budget committees within the district
- Helps to develop the Shepherdstown and Upper Allen PTO budget to offset the school budget
- Helps with MMS Career Day
- Helps with MMS Mini-THON
- Helps at the MMS Main Event