wbohdel [at] tiih.org
Wendy Bohdel joined the Institute for Integrative Health as chief operating officer in April 2013. She came to TIIH with 29 years of experience in youth development, education, nonprofits, and the arts and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating community based programs.
While at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Bohdel led as chief officer in programs, partnership, outcomes and development where she guided the growth of the organization by opening new, innovative services that more than tripled services to vulnerable youth. She directed Maryland’s first Amachi program, a national pilot and faith based mentoring model for children of prisoners, studying under the tutelage of its founder, Reverend, Mayor Wilson Goode, Sr. Her efforts to develop and host the mentoring model for children with multiple disabilities were recognized in 2002, by the National Organization for Disabilities (NOD) award for innovative direct mentoring services to persons with disabilities.
She also developed an outcome-based mentoring program in which thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students have received one-to-one mentoring services. Developing more than 50 programs in Baltimore and the region, teachers and counselors have reported improved student grades, attendance, and behavior as a result of Big Brothers Big Sisters services.
Nationally, she chaired the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association National Partnership Committee for Enhanced School Based Mentoring Study, directed agency participation in the national research study, and served on numerous national, regional and local committees related to youth development.
An expert in her field, Bohdel has been a speaker and trainer for the Advanced & Specialized Training Unit of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections; Maryland Mentoring Partnerships Coordinator Certification on Safety, Screening and Matching; Maryland Suicide Prevention Conference Effective Mentoring; and a number of other state-wide conferences.
She has performed with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra for 28 years and has served as their concert master since 1986. Her graduate studies have taken her to Ithaca College in New York, Catholic University in Washington DC, and Bristol Intermont College in Virginia where she researched Suzuki Violin methods and studied with William Starr, nationally renowned Suzuki master.
Prior to her nonprofit work, Bohdel taught music in the Harford County Public Schools as an orchestra director and created an innovative curriculum based on the Suzuki Method. The program imparted advanced skills to youth, especially benefitting children with families unlikely to afford private music lessons, and enabled students to compete at a high level with those who had access to more formal training opportunities.
She and her husband Rick have three daughters and one son.