Staff and Advisory Council
Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
"Heartworks allows me to pay forward, everyday, the hope that was given to my sister’s family in 2001. It has expanded my capacity for compassion and helps to keep me out of the static of everyday life in a beautiful, small, east coast town."
"Heartworks is my daily inspiration to be my best self. It always challenges me to expand what I think I know to be true. Heartworks has taught me that miracles happen all the time, kindness can sometimes change everything and hope is often all we need to keep going."
Finance Manager & Advisory Council
"Heartworks came into my life when I was searching for a bigger purpose and for a way to give back. I came to a meeting to learn more and see if they were able to help a family close to me that was struggling, but I kept coming back because it lit a light in my heart I didn’t know was out. I learn more about myself every day through Heartworks and that helps me stay open and ready to give and to receive."
Communications Manager & Advisory Council
"In the first minutes of my very first Heartworks meeting I thought ‘where has this been all my life?’ In the days, months, and years that have followed I’ve had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what Heartworks has given me. It’s a place where you can be yourself and feed your soul, all while helping others. I’ve learned that whether you’re giving or receiving, we’re all in this together, and that’s truly what it’s all about.
"Heartworks is a central part of my life that keeps me grounded and lifts me up all at the same time. I feel blessed to the core to be able to share this journey with such a lovely & genuine group of women. It is also my honor to help lead the high school young ladies of Jr. Heartworks and guide them in keeping balance in their lives and focus on our mission of giving with an open heart, receiving with grace & being grateful."
“Heartworks helps me focus on what’s important in life. What I get back from giving is far more rewarding. Love meeting and spending time with like-minded women."
"For me, Heartworks means connection. Connection to myself, God, women in my community, and families in need of prayers. Every time I go to Heartworks I feel uplifted and inspired. It is truly a unique and amazing place."
"Heartworks has offered me the ability to help others which truly fills my cup. Through the process of helping other people, I am able to get out of the everyday "stuff" and be mindful of what really matters. It has brought purpose to my life outside the family and work and I feel tremendously grateful to be a part of this organization and to have formed friendships with like-minded women. It has been a gift in many ways."
"Heartworks has helped me learn the importance of looking at oneself and understanding that trust and thankfulness are the keys to living a peaceful life in a state of gratitude. It has brought purpose to my life outside of my family. I feel blessed to be part of such an incredible organization."
"Heartworks gives me the opportunity to pay forward all the acts of kindness that were shown to my children and I after September 11, 2001. I will be eternally grateful for everything that was done for us, and Heartworks gives me the chance to give back to families going through the same experience of grief and illness. I have personally learned how powerful even the smallest gesture of kindness can be for families, and I am indebted to Heartworks for giving me the opportunity to do this on a daily basis."
and always Mary Kapp
Advising us from Heaven
“Heartworks helps me to keep my heart open. I love being part of a group made up of women who exercise gratitude, giving, and receiving and Heartworks allows me to share kindness that I have also received. I am always encouraged to nurture my family, my spirituality, myself, and my friendships."
Board of Directors