Place of Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio
Background: Wendy has spent her career working with children as a culinary and gardening teacher in an arts-based summer camp for at-risk children in Nelsonville, Ohio, and as the director of a children’s museum in Lancaster, Ohio. While at the museum, she helped secure funding and led the installation of a nature playscape with native plants, a willow structure, and raised-bed vegetable gardens irrigated by a rain-collection system. Throughout her career, she was also a freelance writer covering topics that interested her along the way. She was the author of a gluten-free blog that featured her family’s journey after celiac diagnoses.
Personal History: A history major at The Ohio State University, Wendy focused on the history of women, with emphasis on domestic life and medicine. Through OSU's Creative Activities Program, she developed and presented workshops for adults and for children combining history, food, and crafts in museum settings throughout central Ohio. She also featured art themes in her popular cooking classes at Circle in the School in Nelsonville, Ohio. While home-schooling her children, Wendy was a Master Gardener, Girl Scout, and 4-H leader and her love of food, cooking, gardening and creativity with kids were prevalent in all endeavors.
Current Projects: Wendy is now exploring life on the other side of 60 and recreating a new life with grown children while exploring the ways seniors contribute, grow, and reinvent themselves in a new chapter of life.
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