Wendy was born in Omaha and raised in the Maple Village neighborhood in District 10, in the same district she represents. She serves the community she grew up in by volunteering in her church and at a community food pantry.
Wendy learned the value of hard work from her parents. Her dad was the owner of an agricultural laboratory testing services and her mom was a public school teacher. Wendy followed in her parents’ footsteps and made education her life’s work.
Wendy graduated from Hastings College, the Nebraska College of Law and practiced law in Kansas City. She later returned to school to focus on education and received masters degrees from UNO and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She has taught at Wells College, DePaul University, UNO, and Syracuse University.
She was finishing her PhD at Syracuse University in Religion, specializing in 20th Century Christian Theology when she was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2018. Wendy uses her life experiences and her dedication to her community to guide her work in the Legislature.
When she isn’t serving in the Legislature or volunteering in the community, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, playing board games, baking, and painting.