Five ways to describe her: Wendy gets excited about trying new things; she is a pioneer and an entrepreneur. She is a dreamer and is motivated by what we can do in the future! She gets a little bored with details She cares about people and loves to see people develop into the leaders God created them to be.
What she does for CEI: In her role as executive director, Wendy's passion is to facilitate our vision to reach the unreached by resourcing international partners and training new staff and leaders.
Family: Wendy is married to Rik Yantis, who teaches middle school and has traveled as a leader with Wendy on several CEI summer teams. Their oldest son, Ben, married Camy in the spring of 2018. Their youngest son, Andrew, graduated from University of Denver in 2019.
What she's passionate about: Wendy loves training leaders and is passionate about raising up young women to lead CEI teams and serve on the mission field. Wendy is also passionate about dark roast coffee made strong and God's Word. When those two things come together each morning, it's beautiful.
Previously in life: Wendy served on staff with Athletes in Action and started the AIA softball teams in 1984. From 1990-2005 she was on staff with two churches in Southern California (youth ministry and leadership development), and served as one of CEI's Board of Advisors. Wendy and her family moved to Colorado in 2005 and, after leading a CEI team in 2006, she joined CEI staff.
Her favorite things: Baseball, specifically the St. Louis Cardinals, hiking, the Colorado mountains, hanging out with family and friends, hosting parties and experimenting with new recipes. Come on over :)
Hobbies: Hiking the Colorado mountains! Wendy has made it to the summit of 9 of Colorado's "14ers" but also enjoys shorter day hikes with friends.