YMCA’s Meagan Shaheen honored as ystark! Twenty under 40 recipient

Meagan Shaheen is the District Executive Director of the Central Stark County—Meyers Lake YMCA and the Eric Snow Family YMCA. At 37, she has accomplished a lot.

Meagan Shaheen has quite a list of professional accomplishments

• Director of Akron Aquatics, 2011

• Meyers Lake YMCA Aquatics and Youth Director, 2012

• Senior Program Director, 2016

• Acting Executive Director, 2017

• Executive Director at Meyers Lake, 2017

• District Executive Director overseeing two branches, Meyers Lake and Eric Snow, 2021

• YMCA Professional Network Chapter 34 President, 2018-present

• President of Chapter 34 of the Association of YMCA Professionals, 2017-2018

• YMCA Professionals Association Chapter 34 Vice President, 2015-17

Meagan Shaheen’s personal accomplishments include being a mentor

• Mentored girls in grades six through eight at Lehman Middle School in Canton City Schools, 2012-2020

• Served on the Northeast Ohio Swim League Scholarship Committee, 2017-present

• YMCA Northeast Ohio Swim League Secretary, 2014-16

• Member of the Advisory Board of the Canton City Schools Success Club, 2018-2020

Meagan Shaheen is involved in the Stark County community

• Aultman College of Nursing Board Member, January 2020–Present

• Chairman of the Advancement Committee, January 2022-present

• Member of the Kent State University Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management Advisory Board, January 2020 – Present

• First Game Committee, Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2017-present

• Perry Township Rotary Secretary, 2017-18

• President-elect of Perry Township Rotary, 2018-19

• Rotary President of the Township of Perry, 2019-2020

Meagan Shaheen is a graduate of Kent State University

• Kent State University, Bachelor of Recreation and Sports Management

After: Say hello to Stark County Twenty under 40! 2022 winners

Nominated by: Maribeth Graham

Maribeth says: “I was impressed with Meagan the first time I met her, and she continues to impress me. She is one of the most caring people I know and gives back to the community in so many different ways. “

Q. What is the best career advice you have ever received?

A. Constantly step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do things you think are impossible.

Q. What advice would you give to the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?

A. I became familiar with the phrase “Leave this place better than you found it” while working at Camp Y-Noah, and it has stuck with me ever since. I think if you stick to this mindset of having a positive impact, everything you touch can improve the community and is relative to your career advancement.

Q. What is (are) the most difficult part(s) of your job? How do you overcome these obstacles?

A. I think one of the challenges that many of us face is finding that healthy mix between work and personal life. I am fortunate to work at the YMCA and have many resources for healthy living at my fingertips. I still have to be really intentional about scheduling time to rejuvenate my mind, spirit, and body. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important to take care of yourself in order to be there for others.

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