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Meghan Manangón (B.S.’13/N) is a board-certified lactation consultant in a hospital on the upper east side of Manhattan. She also recently started an in-home lactation support business, which will also integrate mental health and psychiatric services once she completes her master’s in 2023 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. 

She served as the NYC chapter leader from 2019-21, but “stepped back to focus on grad school and my new baby (Rafa the Ram arrived May 2021!).”

Today, she’s a member of the VCU Alumni Council and says she’s excited to contribute to the VCU Alumni community in a new way.

What have been some of your favorite chapter events?

I loved our networking events that helped VCU alums build connections in a new city, but, at the end of the day, the most fun for me is always cheering on the Rams basketball teams. 

What advice can you share for alumni moving to the NYC area?

Make connections! It’s such a big city and easy to get a little lost personally and professionally, but once you find your corner of the world here, it opens up so many possibilities. 

Any favorite restaurants you would suggest?

There’s not enough time in the day to talk about NYC restaurants, but more generally speaking, a very fun thing to do is pick a favorite food and set on a quest to find your favorite place. Pizza, croissants, coffee, dumplings — whatever it is. Find suggestions of great spots across the city and make a day of it: Skip the subway and Citi Bike your way there, explore new neighborhoods, see new parks along the way and be a tourist for a day in your own city. 

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