Star City Six – Megan Stilmock
Meet Megan Stilmock, the program director at Prairie Meadows Alzheimer’s Special Care Center (www.jeaseniorliving.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Prairie Meadows is a memory care community that strives to serve the residents we care for by honoring them as individuals. Our approach is tailored to include family and friends as part of the specialized care team, ensuring the comfort of your loved one. This is seen through our Meaningful Moments® program. The staff at Prairie Meadows will develop a unique care plan to meet physical and cognitive needs as well as social, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. We believe that past patterns create comfort; therefore, we rely on partnerships with families to help us learn how best to meet resident needs.
How did you get started in the business?
I received a degree in therapeutic recreation which led me to work with this special population. There are many highs and lows in what I do, but it’s all a blessing. I’m grateful to be where I am.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Getting my foot in the door in healthcare.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Becoming the program director at Prairie Meadows has been a highlight. The experience has helped me grow both professionally and personally.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am the youngest of three siblings, born and raised in Omaha. I enjoy any time I get to spend with my family.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Graduating college and obtaining my undergrad and master degrees.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spending time outdoors with my dog Zoe.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I like to cook using new recipes.
Who inspires you?
My mother. She is a strong woman.
What is your favorite quote?
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
I’m a great volleyball player.
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
The Alzheimer’s Association.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I love Nicholas Sparks books.
What is your favorite movie?
Sweet Home Alabama.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?