At 17, Maegan Luce started working at The Quechee Club under the guidance of Ross Jones, Food and Beverage Manager. Now 30, Maegan fills in as waitress or whatever Ross needs help with at the club. “It’s hard to say no to my first boss. He’s a delight,” Maegan says. Yet it’s incomprehensible to imagine any free time this industrious, smart young woman might have. She does have a “full-time job.” She also runs regularly. In fact, Maegan completed the Covered Bridges Half Marathon this year – her fifth time. “It keeps me fit,” she says.
Her Quechee and White River Junction roots
Yes, she is of the Luce family, a family with strong ties to the Upper Valley. It’s her paternal uncle and aunt, Larry and Betsy Luce, who own and manage Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock. Maegan remembers regularly visiting there with her grandmother who always brought her delicious baked goods (chocolate chip cookies and turnovers) to sell there. Larry with Maegan’s father, Clayton, and five more siblings grew up on the Luce Farm in White River Junction. Maegan’s dad did not pursue farming like his brother; he is a project manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Maegan’s parents, Wendy and Clayton, live on Connecticut River Road in White River Junction, a short distance from the site of the original family farm, as does Maegan, their only child, and now also her fiancé, Ethan McElwain. While maybe not a farmer by trade, this branch of the Luces do maintain a garden where heirloom tomatoes thrive along with other produce.
Not far from home, Maegan received her Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. She did spread her wings for a bit after graduation, and headed to Boston to earn a Masters of Science in Exercise Science from Northeastern University with a concentration in physical activity and public health.
While studying and working in the Boston area, Maegan met her fiancé, Ethan through a co-worker. The University of Vermont is also his alma mater, yet the couple did not know each other there. He hails originally from Scarborough, Maine, and is an avid skier and fly fisherman. His job with Bigbelly Solar, headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts, gives him the advantage of working the majority of time from a home office.
A focus on healthy living
Playing field hockey in college, Maegan didn’t have much chance to ski, but now she and Ethan ski almost every weekend. “I really wasn’t a skier despite growing up in Vermont, but now I’m hooked,” Maegan says. They purchased a season IKON pass for the upcoming season and have a Rocky Mountain ski trip planned for this winter.
Maegan also owns a horse named Friday who was born on the family farm during a thunderstorm on Friday the 13th, and was a gift from her aunt when Maegan was 12. The fields and trails around the Upper Valley are perfect for a regular spin on Friday, she explains. An avid runner as well, Maegan enters races when she can fit them in to her busy schedule. She is looking forward to the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and the Under Armour Mountain Running Series in Killington. “There’s an advantage to being 30 in the 30-35 age group,” she says.
Maegan’s work life is about all things nutritious. Working for Health Care Services Group, Inc. in Springfield and Rutland, as a staff dietitian, she spends most of her time conducting nutrition assessments on patients with varying states of disease and advising nursing staff on implementing nutrition care plans. She provides oversight and guidance to Dining Services with attention to federal and state regulations for the operation.
Staff training and guidance, family counseling, physician consultation, and review of diet orders are all part of her role. Maegan began working for this company in March of 2016 after relocating to Vermont from Boston.
The next big event for Maegan and Ethan is their wedding on October 13th to be held at Murphy Farm in Quechee. “And the wonderful Quechee Club team are planning it with me,” she says with a big smile. With so many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends on both sides, the attendance will be about 200 guests.
With multiple jobs, riding her horse, skiing, running, planning a wedding, and travel, it’s hard to imagine that Maegan has any free time.