120 N. Broadway Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Greening Michigan Institute
Wendy works with local government decision-makers in southwest and west central Michigan to build the leadership and organizational capacities needed for creating and sustaining quality communities. She delivers educational programs statewide, with an emphasis on emerging issues, legal topics, community planning, land use, and zoning. Wendy spent 14 years in private law practice before joining MSU Extension. Ranging from large, global law firm experience to owning her own firm, she was a trusted advisor and advocate in the areas of real estate, construction, municipal law, civil litigation and appeals. Wendy previously worked as a private consultant in community planning and development and served as manager of planning and information for a regional planning agency. Wendy earned her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law and received her B.A. and Master of Public Administration degrees from Grand Valley State University.
October 17, 2017 | When your zoning board of appeals is not the last stop on the road to a zoning ordinance determination.
December 19, 2016 | Land use decision making is not always a do it yourself proposition for local officials; there are times when you really should hire a lawyer.