My current position with The Nest is: as a Counselor.
My favorite place is: Playa Paraiso, Mexico. It was voted one of the top three beaches by National Geographic and to see it in person is a slice of heaven.
Best piece of advice I've ever received is: to consider others better than myself (Philippians 2:3).
I hope I always: am able to stay active! I know that someday I may not be able to have use of my limbs, so I value being able to be outside and run, play with my girls, bike, etc.
The greatest invention in the last ten years has been: GPS! I am directionally challenged so this has been life-changing.
If I had a super power: I would want to fly.
My biggest accomplishment is: giving birth to two girls and raising them to love people. Many, many more years of investment to put in yet!
A great leader is/does: tries the work of everyone who they are directing; is a servant.
My all-time favorite book is: books from my childhood. Fifteen by Beverly Cleary, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, the original Nancy Drew series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and more recently I like reading mysteries.
I'm inspired by: any child or adult who rises above his or her life involving abuse, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, or crime and turns it around for good.
The leader I admire most are: school teachers. I have a ton of respect for them!
Gretchen Snyder, M.Ed., CRC, is married to Matt and mom to two girls. She is a counselor by trade. Gretchen will be in office two Thursdays a month having hour-long counseling sessions with moms who have appointments with her.
Graduating from Malone University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Journalism, and Public Relations. Following, she worked as a freelance writer and photographer for several years while also working at Learning RX as a trainer. The latter led to a new-found love of helping people with disabilities. In 2009, Gretchen graduated from Kent State University with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She worked as a counselor at VoCare Services, Inc. for the subsequent four years.
We had our first daughter, Gwen, in March of 2010. In March of 2012 and 2013, I lost pregnancies by miscarriage. Following the second loss, I immediately left my job to stay at home full time with Gwen, realizing that I may not have more children. During this time and for at least the next year, I experienced feelings of post-partum depression, anxiety, and complete helplessness. In November of 2014, I found out I was pregnant; and for the following nine months, I was terrified. I couldn't schedule enough ultrasounds and heartbeat check-ups. I clung to my faith in God praying out loud throughout the day and with my husband that God would see the baby and me through another day.
I sought after groups to help specifically with infant loss; but finding none in my geographical area, I paired up with the GriefCare Place in Stow. Together we started a group, and I helped in this capacity for over a year.
It was August 1, 2015 when we welcomed our second daughter, June. I could finally exhale ... somewhat.
While I struggle with anxiety (since becoming a mom, really), I found that the darkest time thus far in my life has led me to reach out to other women who have experienced the gut-wrenching gamut of feelings due to infant loss, parenting struggles, infertility, post-partum depression, and anxiety. And everything else. Wow. The weight of the world sometimes feels like it's all on us to carry. I want to combine what I love to do, what I'm trained to do, and what my life experiences have taught me to help other women who are seeking an empathetic, compassionate, and discerning ear. I want to make carrying that load a little easier and a lot lighter.