Chillicothe native, Cynthia Mendenhall, recently joined the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus community as a Career Coach for the Regional Campus. Her employment was effective January 2, 2020.
Mendenhall received her Master’s of Educational Leadership from Antioch University Midwest in 2006. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Specialized Studies from the Chillicothe campus.
After receiving her BS in 1994, Mendenhall went on to receive her teaching license in 2000 and soon began working as a high school English teacher. She worked for Huntington Local Schools for 12 years before leaving to pursue her lifelong dream of writing. That desire took her to Phoenix, Arizona for three years where she published short stories and poems in nationally-known anthologies.
During that time, Mendenhall also took classes online to become a certified life coach, which she did professionally after moving to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2016, Mendenhall fulfilled her utmost lifelong dream of releasing her own book. Her works are nonfiction, self-improvement books geared toward women to help them create their most spectacular lives. She has published three books with another on its way soon.
- Spunkify Your Life: 8 Secrets to Living with More Focus, Fascination, and Fun (Day Dreamer Books, 2016).
- Spunkify Your Life, Growth Guide: 8 Secrets to Living with More Focus, Fascination, and Fun (Day Dreamer Books, 2016).
- Spunkier Yet!: 8 Secrets to Living with More Fullness and Freedom (Day Dreamer Books, 2018).
Upon returning to Ohio, she began working at The Ohio State University as a supervisor/assistant program manager working with pre-service teachers in their field placement assignments. In addition to her coaching them through student teaching and state licensure preparation, she advised them with resumes, job searching skills, and interview advice.
Mendenhall is super excited to be on the Chillicothe campus. She remarked, “I look forward most to the opportunity of teaching and coaching students. Helping them to make the transition from school to work as seamless as possible. Finding a career shouldn’t come with a lot of anxiety – we want them to begin thinking about the end result at the start of their college education.”
Mendenhall’s first goals include helping students create Handshake and LinkedIn profiles, create perfect resumes, complete strengths testing, and connect with employers in the community. She will be holding classroom presentations, workshops, and will offer 1:1 career coaching and mock interviews.
Mendenhall currently resides in Chillicothe, Ohio. She may be reached at email@example.com or 740.774.7752. Her office is currently located in Bennett Hall, room 251.