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, 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 by the National Organization for Disabilities award for innovative services to persons with disabilities.
She 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 Maryland teachers and counselors 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.