A vocal advocate for economic development, Wendy is on the Investor Relations Committee for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. She was affectionately dubbed “First Lady” of the EDC by staff during her husband's tenure as Chairman of the Board. This unofficial title, still used today, was bestowed in appreciation for Wendy's long-standing efforts on behalf of the organization. See more here.
Wendy is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, a founding board member for the Orlando campus of weVENTURE (part of Florida Tech’s Women’s Business Center), an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church and is in her second term on the Central Florida Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (“COM”), where she also serves on the Temporary Relations committee.
She is a past president of both the Public Relations Society of America’s Sunshine District and the Florida Public Relations Association’s Capital chapter, a past board member of the University of Central Florida and Leadership Orlando alumni associations and past president of both the Alpha Delta Pi and Greater Orlando Area Panhellenic Alumnae Associations.
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Marketing, University of Central Florida
Accreditations and Certifications
Accredited in Public Relations (APR), North American Public Relations Council
Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC), Florida Public Relations Association
An avid reader since childhood and a strong proponent for the importance of ongoing professional development, Wendy describes her work as “the perfect mix of hobby and career.” She credits her love of business books as the catalyst that led to her niche with executives and business professionals.
Wendy also enjoys fiction, but purely as a hobby. She fell in love with crime drama in elementary school, devouring the entire Nancy Drew series and moving on to the Hardy Boys, all during a single summer. So it’s no surprise that as an adult, Wendy successfully sought permission to shadow local law enforcement, going to crime scenes and sitting in on suspect interviews. She even spent time with the medical examiner and watched an autopsy performed at a county morgue, as part of her research for a homicide novel she hopes to finish one day.
Wendy is also passionate about animal welfare, having rescued many animals in distress over the years. Her family currently shares their home with two beloved shelties: Faith, a bundle of energy who firmly believes the meaning of life is to play hard, take frequent power naps, and when you really want something, be extremely vocal; and Murphy, who was recently adopted from Mid-Florida Sheltie Rescue and is quickly learning that with a family’s patience, love and nurture, a dog and his abilities really can reach their full potential!
Wendy and her husband, Dean, have been married for 17 years and live in the Orlando area.