New CROSO Board Member!

CROSO is fortunate to have a group of dedicated, engaged and passionate volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors. To learn more about the whole group, please click here.

Today, we welcome Meg McDermott as our newest CROSO Board Member!

Meg recently met CROSO’s executive director, Molly MacCready, and the two discovered that they both participated in the same study abroad program in East Africa! After reflecting on their shared love for Uganda and the entire SIT study abroad experience, Molly and Meg exchanged contact information to remain in touch and get Meg involved. Meg’s experience in Uganda was both educationally and personally formative. She left the country in tears, with a longing to stay and a respectful awareness of the resilience, culture, and need among the Uganda people that welcomed her into their lives.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus on mental health, Meg has recently started private practice in an outpatient mental health clinic in Wicker Park, Chicago. Prior to this new adventure, Meg worked as a residential therapist at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, with 17-20 year old males who engaged in individual, group, and family therapy. There was never a dull moment and it was a privilege to partner with such amazing young people and be part of an incredible agency of co-workers.

Meg has a wide range of experience partnering with youth and families who have endured hardships as well as progress over time. Meg has forever been drawn to the mission of non-profits like CROSO, Heartland Alliance, and Mercy Home. Meg tutored a refugee family from Burma, who was a connection through Heartland Alliance. As a graduate student at University of Chicago’s SSA, Meg had an opportunity to travel to India and partake in the first annual Human Rights research trip with University of Chicago Law School to explore the impact of forced migration on people of Northern India. Along with educational travel, Meg has always prioritized travel in her personal life. An occasional marathon runner, Meg has supported non-profits through fundraising and is eager to contribute to the board and learn more along the way.

Through travel, educational, professional, and personal experiences, Meg continues to foster her commitment to the field. As a strong believer in the power of human connection and community, Meg is delighted to be a part of CROSO and contribute to something in both meaningful and effective ways.

Meg joined the CROSO Board of Directors in April 2017 and currently serves on the Scholar Support Committee.

If you’d like to get more information about joining the CROSO Board of Directors, please email