Meet Wendy Meyer
What are your professional accomplishments and credentials?
I earned an Associate Degree in Legal Administration and Court Reporting from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha and am a licensed Certified Teacher for the State of Wisconsin. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with an emphasis in English and a minor in Sociology from Lakeland College in Milwaukee. Additionally, I earned certifications in Employee Law, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Safety Supervision from the City and Villages Mutual Insurance Company (CVMIC). I am a member of the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association and earned a certificate from their Great Lakes Leadership Academy, where I also serve as a Board Member. I am a member of the National Park and Recreation Association. I also hold Red Cross Certifications in CPR, First Aid and AED and am a Certified Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard.
When did you join Regency?
How long have you been in this line of work?
I have been in this line of work for over 15 years, having previously worked as an Activity Specialist in various settings including an assisted living facility, hospital wellness center, and private athletic clubs. In addition, I have worked as a Wellness and Fitness Specialist and as a City Recreation Director.
What adjectives do people use most to describe you?
Fun, passionate, energetic, sincere, loyal.
Describe what you do in a nutshell.
I am the Department of FUN! I am blessed with the opportunity to organize all of the fun that our residents have. I create and run the day-to-day operations of all activities, along with all bus trips, special outings as well as our in-house special events and parties. Residents often come to us after losing a loved one and feel lonely or lost. After just a few weeks, I have heard residents say, "There is always something to do here" or "I have made so many friends!" From dart ball to art class, cooking to cards, you name it! My staff and I help residents get involved and meet new people. We offer an array of classes ranging from exercise and wellness, spirituality, keeping your brain sharp, art, music and many more! It is my job to offer as many opportunities as possible for our residents to be engaged and excited about their home at the Regency! Our programming can teach them something new or sharpen an old skill. During holidays, we value their traditions while making new memories. I want to make every day their best day! Like I said, I am blessed.
What do you like most about your job?
I absolutely love to hear residents' laughter, see their faces light up when I play an old song and they all start singing along or listen to their stories. They are rich in their knowledge with years of adventure and experiences. I love all of it. When someone says to me after a class, a trip or a party that they had the best day then I know I did my job.
When you're not at work, where would we find you?
You would find me biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, boating... basically anything outside and active. I love summer concerts and festivals, Brewer games and farmer's markets. I love to travel and find new adventures! In the winter months, I love to snow shoe and do thrift and DIY projects. I love reading and writing. My bucket list would be to publish my book someday. I have a wonderful family that keeps me young and active as well as a fun group of friends that keep me laughing. I am a very lucky girl!