Biography of Penny L. Cedel:
Besides being a wife, mother, and community volunteer, Penny is a registered nurse with 35+ years of experience and has worked in many different areas of nursing throughout her career. She developed a hospice program when hospice care was in its infancy. As an Air Force wife she volunteered and worked while they were stationed around the world (places including Japan, Pakistan, Europe and Korea.) She also managed several Family Practice offices while living in Virginia and Michigan. After moving to TX, she worked with Girling Healthcare & began their Hospice program in Austin and Burnet. Until 2013, she taught in the medical care program at Virginia College. When her elderly mother needed additional care Penny devoted her time to caring for her while completing an additional degree in Healthcare Administration.
In Sunset Valley she spearheaded a program for “Retired Seniors” and is a member of the Economic Growth & Development committee. She is certified through the Agency on Aging and has taught their course on Fall Awareness and Prevention. Locally, she is on the board of “Coming of Age Austin,” is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Assistance League of Austin, and is active in her local church. She also enjoyed spending time as an outreach ambassador and volunteer for Concordia University Texas while Tom served as president.
For the next three years she and Tom split their time between Austin and Valparaiso IN. Penny sat on the board of the Valparaiso Women’s Association (helping women coming from difficult situations get a second chance in life), was a member of the local Chamber, active at the local YMCA and volunteered at the Bethesda Thrift Shop.
Currently Penny is enrolled as a deaconess student through VU and the LDA Center. She has completed her academics, field work, and clinical pastoral education. She is currently doing her internship at Mt Olive Lutheran Church in Austin.
They have two married children, David (of Fairfax, VA) and Becky (of Billings, MT) and two grandchildren whom they enjoy spending time visiting.