Anniversary of the Discovery of the Buckyball, the foundation of Nanotechnology.
Meredith received her start in politics through her family and wrote her first $1,000 check to President Reagan at 15. She continued her love of politics, by spearheading the fundraising for her former husband’s successful 1994 Congressional Campaign. She then taught the fundraising classes for Members of Congress, Congressional Spouses and their Finance Directors at the request of then Speaker Newt Gingrich. She has trained thousands of Republicans in fundraising strategy and techniques and is a sought after speaker on that topic. Last cycle she served as a National Fundraising Consultant for the successful Ben Quayle for Congress campaign.
Meredith is an active community leader and volunteer. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Houston, Alternatives in Motion Adoption Agency and Helping a Hero. She is the Chairman of the Board of Helping a Hero.org and has spearheaded a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign that has succeeded in funding 32 homes for our severely wounded heroes. Homes have been completed in 6 states including one for a Marine from Kansas City in partnership with Extreme Makeover Home Edition whose show is still the highest rated show in the history of EMHE. On August 30, 2011, former First Lady Laura Bush will keynote the National HelpingaHero.org Gala where 15 homes will be awarded in 9 states including three heroes who are triple amputees from Minnesota, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Meredith has always been committed to our military. At the request of Duane Acklie, she was the first Congressional spouse to chair the National USO Gala at a time when the USO was in financial distress and raised $1.8 million in 4 months. She also co-chaired the Send Off Ceremony for the 1/23 Marines when they deployed in 2003 for Iraq. Recently she participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 75) sponsored by the Department of Defense where she joined 41 other CEO’s and received an inside look into our military including a trip to GITMO.
Meredith was recognized by Houston Woman Magazine as one of the 2009 50 Most Influential Women in Houston, was awarded the "Community Leader of Hope Award" by Aspiring Youth and received the Rotary District 5890 "Distinguished Service Award".
She lives in Cypress, TX and is married to Marshall Iler. They have a four year old son and a 2 month old daughter.