Nancy Van Wormer, Board Member
I was raised in a small town in central Ohio where my Dad was a history professor at Denison University. We had a small gentleman farm where we raised chickens, goats, turkeys and a few cows which I milked every day. I raised my family of two sons in a similar environment in Michigan.
Living on Whidbey Island takes me back to the peaceful, rural nature of my youth and I feel very much at home here and impressed with the caring, supportive community. My religious background is Quaker. I attended Westtown Quaker boarding school where community service had a strong emphasis. This desire to be of service has been with me all of my life and I look forward to serving on the board of an organization that serves the needs of others.
My professional life was varied. I have a Bachelors in Education and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. I was an elementary school teacher, middle school teacher and middle school counselor for thirty years. I taught parenting courses, conducted small groups, designed and constructed high ropes courses for the school district and was named teacher of the year for my efforts. My students supported me in carrying the torch for world peace which went around the world during Earth Week. I also practiced therapeutic massage therapy with my own office for fifteen years and was an active pilot and flight instructor.
Since retirement and moving to Washington, I have served my new communities in several ways. I have been co-chair for the major bi-annual Spring find raiser at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett. I have been financial chair for the forty-five year old Northwest Holiday Art Show in Edmonds. I have volunteered at Good Cheer Food Bank, have served as president of my P.E.O Chapter (An international, philanthropic, educational organization whose sole purpose is to provide scholarships and low interest student loans for women to pursue education.) and have recently begun to volunteer for Whidbey Blanket Makers in Langley.
South Whidbey@Home feels like a wonderful opportunity to become involved in another manner as I help others and receive help as well.