March 12, 2012 14:57 ET

MichBio Announces Wendy Wendel as Director, Marketing & Communications

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - Mar 12, 2012) - MichBio announces the appointment of Wendy Wendel (formerly Wendy Ventura) as the Director, Marketing & Communications. In this role, she will oversee the planning and execution of the association's marketing, communications, public relations and social media efforts.

Prior to joining MichBio, Wendy served as the Director, Marketing for The Engineering Society of Detroit, a multi-disciplinary society located in Southfield, Michigan, that unites engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development. In this role, she was responsible for marketing and promoting association programs to current and prospective members. Subsequently, she held the position of Manager, Marketing & Communications for United Solar, a solar manufacturer based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In this position, she managed the day-to-day marketing and communications initiatives, including public/media relations, collateral, websites, agency management and social media engagement.

Wendy's diverse background includes more than 15 years working in the automotive, engineering, insurance, machine vision, solar, and time and attendance industries. Her experience also includes five years working for local non-profit associations and three years serving Detroit-area public relations/advertising agencies.

"We are very pleased to welcome Wendy to the MichBio family," said Stephen Rapundalo, president and CEO of MichBio. "Her breadth of expertise and diverse background, especially with a non-profit, member-based association, will allow her to make a significant contribution to our organization. I'm excited at the prospect of enhancing MichBio's level of communications with Wendy's skilled leadership."

Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and she is a member of the Women in Communications - Detroit Chapter and the International Association of Business Communicators - Detroit Chapter.

She resides with her family in Canton, Michigan.

MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth of Michigan's biosciences industry. MichBio members include biosciences companies, academic and research institutions, biosciences service providers, and related organizations. For more information, visit