We are thrilled to welcome Chris Meyer as the newest member of our Board of Directors! As he begins his Board appointment, we thought we'd take the opportunity to properly introduce him with a little Q&A! Here is what he shared.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am an attorney at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna and I lead the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Information Management practice. I also am the volunteer chairman of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. I live in Halfmoon with my wife and two kids who attend Shen.
Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors at CPHM?
I have had the opportunity to work with CPHM in connection with my other volunteer roles, including bringing CPR training to volunteer coaches when I served as President of Clifton Park Baseball. I have been very impressed by the extra effort made by CPHM to serve our community.
You are a recent graduate of Leadership Saratoga, a leadership development program with a focus in non profit board service. What is one of the most valuable things you learned?
I learned that it is incredibly important to believe in the mission of an organization before volunteering to serve. Done well, board service requires a significant commitment beyond attending board meetings and board members need to be passionate about the organizations they serve.
During Leadership Saratoga you worked on a volunteer project for the Saratoga County EMS Council. What's one of the most interesting (or surprising) things you learned through that experience?
From the outside, people (including me) generally assume that the needs of our EMS providers are met largely through government support. The reality, however, is much different and more work needs to be done to explain how the community can provide additional support to those who serve our community so well.
The video your Leadership Saratoga group produced is such an impactful tool for EMS agencies in Saratoga County. When it was first shared, it hit over 30k views in the first week! Let's take this opportunity to show off your work :)
**round of applause and standing ovation***
In closing, please share an experience or project you've been involved in that had an impact you are proud of.
Last year, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga worked with the City of Mechanicville to rebuild the gazebo in Talmadge Park. In addition to restoring a central feature of the park, the new Gazebo is now fully handicapped accessible for the first time ever. It was a great project that allowed us to bring together chamber members and community volunteers to make a positive impact for one of our local communities.