Meri was born and raised in the Chicago area. After earning dual Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Teaching of Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign she began her high school teaching career. For a total of eight years Meri taught high school chemistry and physical science in the Chicago suburbs. She took a two year break from high school teaching in the middle of that stretch to earn a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Curriculum Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Go Badgers!) During her tenure at the UW Meri supervised and mentored student teachers, helped to develop outreach education programs, and compiled and edited science education curriculum publications.
Two of Meri’s teaching colleagues led her to know Christ at a particularly low and difficult time. She learned to study the Bible and fell in love with the Word of God while in Madison. Upon returning to the Chicago suburbs, Meri began attending Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows and then Glen Ellyn (now Naperville). While attending Harvest Glen Ellyn, she was very active in Women’s Ministry, service teams, and small group. Meri moved to the Quad Cities in August 2005 to be a part of the Harvest Bettendorf church plant.
In March 2006 Meri joined the staff of Harvest Davenport as the part-time bookkeeper, while also teaching part-time at Scott Community College, Blackhawk College, and Sylvan Learning Center. In August 2006 Meri became the Administrative and Financial Assistant which was a full time position involving bookkeeping and assisting David Olson and Evie Gardner. As the years have passed, Meri has taken on more financial responsibilities and now serves as the Financial Coordinator at Harvest having passed on the administrative duties to excellent newer staff members. Most recently, Meri has taken on the responsibility of being the IT point person for our volunteer IT team. This team is responsible for all of the networking and other IT needs of the Harvest offices.
Meri knows from first-hand experience that God truly does equip those He calls. She could have never imagined fulfilling the roles He has made for her here at Harvest Davenport. She looks forward to discovering the new adventures God has for her both here at Harvest and beyond.