Megan Scheffer (’13), People Incorporated

Megan is truly passionate about her work at People Incorporated where she’s worked since joining the organization in 2008 as an accounting manager. In her tenure, she’s also held the roles of vice president of finance, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. In 2018, she was promoted to president and CEO and was also nominated as one of Leadership SouthCoast’s Distinguished Alumni nominees.

What do you do professionally?

I proudly serve as the President & CEO of People Incorporatedd, which delivers comprehensive human services in approximately 30 program areas to create opportunities for children, adults, and families of all abilities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.  We were founded in 1968 by parents of people with disabilities who were seeking better quality and more diverse services for their children. Today, this forward-thinking Agency has around 900 staff and offers employment training and job development, day habilitation, supports for people with autism and acquired brain injury, community and family support services, residential services and children’s services including early education and care, early intervention, parenting programs, and preschool.  I joined the Agency in 2008 as an accounting manager, and over a decade later I am still learning, growing and enjoying working every day with the amazing staff and the people we serve.  People Incorporated is a way of life for me because I love what I do!

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?

After being promoted to CEO in July of 2018, I immediately started seeking new ways to ways to collaborate and share best practices with other businesses and nonprofits in the South Coast area.  We each are facing some of the same challenges, so it just makes sense that we exchange ideas and look for positive solutions.  There are so many opportunities to work together!  Also, People Incorporated conducts two free community-wide events each year.  Block-a-Palooza is a free concert provided mid-week every July on South Main Street in downtown Fall River in collaboration with the Narrows Center for the Arts, the City of Fall River, and various business who provide funding and support.  Kids-a-Palooza is a family-friendly day of activities offered each September in collaboration with multiple entities throughout downtown Fall River that engages the community in healthy, interactive fun.  We are proud to provide support services and events that strengthen family bonds and the community.   

What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?

LSC offered me opportunities to learn so much about our region, and I developed an amazing network of service-minded, dedicated individuals I still call upon for advice and ideas.  The learning about different organizations and community leaders who each have different management styles and philosophies helps to inform my work to this day.

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