Meg has worked in the human-animal bond and animal care field for over fifteen years and has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, fiscal and facilities management, human resources, regulatory compliance, and volunteer engagement. Dakin’s core values and beliefs match her own: that people are good and will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding, and when they have enough information and resources.
For the past five years, Meg has served as Way Finders’ Chief Development Officer, leading the organization’s fundraising, communications, and marketing efforts in addition to overseeing the Community Building and Engagement Program in Springfield and Holyoke.
Meg is a graduate of Boston University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. Prior to joining Way Finders, she was the Executive Director of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers, a national service animal organization founded to provide daily in-home assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments and today, is focused on providing lifelong care for the animals in retirement.
Megan volunteers her time with a number of non-profit organizations, including as a swim coach for the Special Olympics. She lives in Auburn with her husband, stepdaughters, and a 9-year-old pit bull. She enjoys sharpening her culinary skills, CrossFit, hiking, and sailing.