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Sheila Ongie

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Sheila Ongie

Sheila grew up in Oelwein, Iowa. She graduated with a Biological Sciences Degree at the University of Iowa, with a minor in Psychology. Later, while living in San Francisco, Sheila earned an MBA in Sustainable Management. She and her husband, Doug, live in Iowa City with their two adorable rescue cats named Seymour and Peabody. Sheila is a Sustainability Manager for National Co+op Grocers where she helps cooperatively owned supermarkets measurably improve their social, environmental and local economic impacts. She lives near her office, which is downtown, and loves making the short commute by bicycle.

“As an amateur naturalist, I love to explore and am constantly amazed by the infinite wonders of the natural world. Whether it is observing insects in my garden, bird watching at a county park, or coaxing tomato seedlings to grow from seeds, I am constantly in awe of the beauty that surrounds us.”

Sheila also enjoys yoga, gardening, and reading.  Sheila and Doug love to hike and paddle in their kayaks. “We aim to stay active outdoors in all types of weather, and love exploring the incredible parks that Iowa has to offer.” Sheila also serves on the board for a local nonprofit called Environmental Advocates, which supports creative solutions to environmental problems, and volunteer with groups that help provide access to healthy foods to our neighbors in need.

Sheila attended summer camp and Wintertainment at Camp Wyoming through high school. “I remember truly loving all the activities at camp as well as my camp friends. Highlights for me were creek stomping, caves, singing around the campfire, learning about the natural world, and arts and crafts.” She was a counselor in the summers of 1999 and 2000. In 2010, Sheila was a co-chair with Erin Landsee leading the Camp Wyoming’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Team. Since then, she has brought her husband to camp to make the hike to the swinging bridge and Horse Thief Cave.

“I’m happy to apply my background in hard science and business, as well as entrepreneurship, to help Camp Wyoming thrive! Based on my experiences there as a child, Camp Wyoming has always held a very special place in my heart. If I can contribute toward the success of the camp and the continued conservation of God’s creation on this beautiful 380 acre site in Eastern Iowa, then it is my pleasure to do so.”

“The real miracle is not to walk on water or thin air but to walk on the earth!” -Thich Nhat Hanh