Member Spotlight – Wendy Strader

1. Why did you become involved in PWWS?

I was looking for a professional women’s organization I could get involved with to make new friends and get a little more involved in the Winston Salem community. The first meeting I attended I knew instantly I wanted to join.

2. What is your favorite part about being a member of PWWS?

Well, for me there are two reasons. The ability to form long-lasting relationships with some of the kindest, smartest women in Winston Salem. The speakers are so informative and engaging, I always leave feeling like I have learned something new or that I have been recharged a little, whether in life or in my career. I truly feel like I have gained a new, extended family through this group of ladies and they are all a blessing to me!

3. What is your current occupation?

I work in the Development office of Pennybyrn, a continuing care retirement community, in High Point. We are a non-profit organization and we have been in existence since 1947. We were started by a group of Catholic Nuns called The Poor Servants of the Mother of God. They came from England to start a hospital but that did not work out so they started a convalescent home and from there Pennybyrn has grown into a campus on 71 acres providing 3 levels of care, independent living, assisted living, and skilled care. Our mission is to “demonstrate God’s love to the lives we touch” every day.

4. What do you love most about the work you do?

I get to work with the senior population every day and help make a difference in their lives in the best, most positive way I can. I help raise money for residents in our skilled nursing area who have exhausted their assets and can no longer afford to pay for their care. Pennybyrn supplements what Medicaid does not pay and for me it is rewarding to know I am helping someone, in a most vulnerable state, continue to receive the best quality care in their last years. In our 72 years of existence, we have never asked anyone to leave because they could not pay.

5. How do you define success?

For me, success is being happy and at peace in my life, right now. Success is not only defined by what I do but who I am, deep down inside. I want to make a positive, lasting impression on all those I meet with the hope that I have, in some small way, made a difference in their lives.