Meredith Hilton was featured by Annandale Village in its Board Member Spotlight for February, 2019. Annandale Village, a residential campus award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries so they can maximize their abilities and maintain their independence in the least restrictive environment.
How did you get involved with Annandale Village?
I have been involved in the special needs community for some time, both personally and professionally. Almost 10 years ago, I gave birth to my second child, Chase, who happened to have Down syndrome. One of the first things my husband and I wondered when we received his diagnosis was what his life would be like as an adult. Would he be able to live independently and achieve his dreams without having to rely exclusively on us for the rest of his life? Would he be surrounded by people who would help him to stay social and live life to the fullest? Through my work as an attorney who works with families with special needs, I was invited to tour Annandale and was so excited and relieved that there was such a beautiful place where individuals, like my son, could thrive as an adult. In 2015, I proudly joined the Annandale Board of Trustees.
What have you accomplished and what do you hope to accomplish in the future as an Annandale Board Member? As part of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Mission Delivery Sub-Committee, my passion has been educating community members about the population served by Annandale. Through my work as a special needs attorney, I enjoy introducing families to Annandale who may be planning for their child’s future. I am also passionate about helping to expand the Off-Campus Independent Living Program. As I think about my son’s future, I recognize the benefits and necessity of having an option where individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries can live independently in the community, but still have a support system to ensure they are successful and not isolated. About: Meredith gained her undergraduate education from Georgetown University and earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Beasley Scholar and received the Award for Transactional Excellence. Meredith started her estate planning firm (www.hiltonattorney.com) in 2006 and has since worked with families across the Metropolitan Atlanta Area and across Georgia to assist with their wills, special needs trusts, and other associated documents. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and Leadership Georgia Class of 2013. Meredith lives just outside Atlanta with her husband, Scott, and three children, Trent, Chase and Caroline.