Wendy Ringgenberg is a graduate of our program: she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health in 2014. Her research topic examined occupationally-related suicide and homicide among farmers. She chose the Agricultural Safety and Health graduate program at the University of Iowa because she wants to "help farmers and agriculture workers be safe in the workplace". Wendy currently works at a Certified Industrial Hygienist with The Finn Group, where she conducts environmental sampling for clients and assesses potential workplace risks for employees. Wendy also serves as Director of the Health Care Administration graduate program at Des Moines University. Wendy was born and raised in Iowa. She graduated from high school in Belle Plaine, IA, where her family has a century farm. In addition to the MS degree she earned at the University of Iowa, Wendy also holds a PhD from Iowa State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
In June 2015, Wendy presented her thesis research at the Annual Homicide Research Working Group Meeting in Clearwater Beach, FL. Her research was entitled "Trends and Characteristics of Occupational Suicide and Homicide of Farmers and Agriculture Workers, 1992-2010".
On August 15, 2017, Wendy gave a presentation at the I-CASH Advisory Board Meeting at Des Moines University. Her presentation was entitled "Rural Mental Health and Farmer Suicide Rates".