Meet Megan Philabaum – LCC Class of 2022

| December 22, 2021

Megan Philabaum is a Coshocton County native, having grown up just west of Roscoe Village. A 1995 graduate of River View High School, Philabaum played volleyball and ran track. Following graduation she entered the workforce at Buehler’s, starting as a bagger then becoming a cashier. She later worked as a secretary for Kimberley Insurance Agency until she became pregnant with twins in 2002.

Philabaum took time off from work to be a stay-at-home mom and started with First Step Family Violence Interventions Services in 2006 as a receptionist. Not long after that, she moved into the fiscal/office manager position with increased responsibilities. Philabaum takes care of the organizations’ finances, from payroll to accounts receivable and everything in between. She helps with fundraisers and is eager to learn more about grant writing.  She “does anything Vicki (Casey, executive director) asks” her to do.  The organization is planning for the future, and toward that end, Philabaum received her associate’s in business management from Central Ohio Technical College, as well as business management certificate in office administration, human resources and management.

In her spare time, Philabaum coaches cross country; swimming and track at River View High School. She also coaches swimming for Coshocton High School and appreciates the opportunity for the schools’ to practice; learn and compete together. It’s important that she plans ahead for practices and meets, to make the most of the student athletes time, talents and opportunities on and off the field. She also volunteers with First Step’s After School Programming teaching cardio-drumming as well as at Lifted Nutrition. In addition, Philabaum is a volunteer with United Way.

She decided to participate in Leadership Coshocton County to learn more about the community. In her position with First Step, Philabaum states, “It is important to be able to refer clients to other organizations or agencies” that could provide them with assistance. She would also like to improve her public speaking skills as well as be more involved in the community to be a part of the community.”

History and the port authority are what influence Philabaum’s view of the community. “There’s a lot of history in Coshocton and I really enjoyed history day with Ken Smailes. I learned a lot about the area I did not know,” she said.  Philabaum also appreciates the hard work the port authority does “bringing businesses to the community.” She goes on to state, “I appreciate and value what the community has to offer, and how hard the port authority works to promote that.”

Philabaum would like to see better collaboration between agencies and businesses as a way to strengthen Coshocton County. In her work with First Step, they often are met with a client with specific needs that they cannot address. Having a better way to assist that individual with finding the organization or entity that can best meet the need would help them help others more efficiently.

Philabaum would recommend Leadership Coshocton as a “great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more or be involved in the community.”

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