About the Inn Keepers
Meet your Hosts
Mr. Meyerman brought his skills in economics, law and business to the World Bank based in Washington, DC as a senior manager of large programs around the world. He was born in the Netherlands but emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 14; coming to the US some 40 years ago and a U.S. citizen. Since retiring from the World Bank he has headed USAID development programs in law, economic growth, and institutional development in Europe, Africa, Central and South America and Asia. The gardens of Swanendele reflect his Dutch-born passion for cultivation while the bookshelves demonstrate his multi-lingual skills and the owners’ broad interests, especially in history as it relates to St. Mary’s County and its people.
Ms. O’Hara is a former journalist turned international development consultant. She spent most of her career at National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. and overseas. She was Deputy Foreign editor, a senior editor at NPR, but she also served as an on-air correspondent covering the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House and major news stories nationally and abroad. For the last decade she has been a Senior Communications Expert assisting USAID/State Department Missions with postings in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida.
The third member of the Swanendele team is Mr. Miguel Gavilanez. He joined the family almost 20 years ago from the Andean region of Ecuador where he managed a guest house. After coming to the U.S., Mr. Gavilanez immediately learned English and graduated with an Associate Degree in hospitality. He is now a U.S. citizen. Skills he learned in his childhood are reflected in much of the fine stonework and carpentry at Swanendele.