Meredith Jones and her family had trouble adjusting to life on flat land. Jones, the daughter of an airman, grew up in Colorado Springs, but moved to Illinois as an adult for a career opportunity. Mountain biking turned into street biking. Hiking turned into (very flat) cross-country skiing. The only time she got to ski downhill, it was on a repurposed landfill.
In Illinois, Jones received her master’s degree from Roosevelt University while eight months pregnant with her first of two sons. Then she and her husband, whom she met while attending UCCS, made the decision to come home in 2013.
“I always missed Colorado,” she said. “We decided we wanted to move back.”
Jones’ husband, a financial adviser, was transferred to Colorado Springs.
“We could have gone anywhere, but we liked it here,” she said.
Jones has been part of Kaiser Permanente’s Integrated Marketing and Communications Team for the past three years. Her responsibilities include developing strategies and tactics to help tell the Kaiser Permanente story in southern Colorado.
“Meredith joined Kaiser Permanente about four years ago as I was letting go of my media duties to concentrate more on the public affairs and community relations side of my job,” said Jones’ nominator and Kaiser Public Affairs Director C.J. Moore. “What a choice she has turned out to be. She absolutely hit the ground running. Even with small children, she is still a powerhouse at her job. If Meredith has had a hand in it, we all know it is going to be quality work and that she will have exhausted every resource to make it perfect for Kaiser Permanente.”
Jones also volunteers, having served on the board for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, and is a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak program.
“One of my fondest images of Meredith is at the Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival last year — her new son in the baby carrier strapped around her, babbling to everyone who stopped by and Meredith, handing out giveaways and talking to anyone who would listen about the merits of Kaiser Permanente,” Moore said. “That is dedication!”
Holly Kortum, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Southern Colorado, also nominated Jones.
“Meredith brings her high standards and integrity to all that she does in life,” Kortum said. “She has such a genuine, affable style that people seek to work with her and be around her. She is an avid trail runner and promoter of health and health causes. Her passion for her work is only surpassed by the love and energy she gives to raising two young boys.”
Jones said she was honored to be considered for the recognition.
“Just to be nominated — I didn’t think I would actually get it,” she said. “I saw the email [that I’d been selected] and was kind of in shock. It was really nice. I love it so much here. … I feel like this is a big small town and that I’m a part of it. I love our community and want to make it better, so to be recognized by [the community] is really special.”