How does it feel to go from working in LA for 15 years performing architectural work at a high-end residential design/build office to working in Rhinelander? For Jenny Bonardelli, it’s an experience of gratitude. Since 2012 she’s worked at Nicolet College in the Facilities Department where her skills are utilized maintaining and remodeling the campus as required.
“I consider my employer to be one of the best in the region and feel lucky to have landed my role there,” she explains. “Rhinelander is quite fortunate to have a higher educational facility within its reach. One of the biggest advantages to working in Rhinelander is housing costs coupled with ease of commute.”
When she’s not working hard at the office, you might find her sipping coffee in her leather club chair staring out the window at the gorgeous seasons that take place here or jumping in a Northwoods lake. “I followed a boyfriend to UW Stout where I wasn’t sure of my major at 17 years of age. Taking a basic design course to fulfill general credits, I became aware that the design world was a natural fit for me and quickly found my preferred area of study. I do most of my work in the CAD world at my computer. The digital world is exhilarating and provides endless inspiration if you know where to look amongst the Internet and available software.”
Jenny’s career takes all the possibilities the digital world offers and allows her to translate that into the reality of the built environment. She holds a BFA degree (art with a concentration in interior design), yet she says the utmost best skill she brings to her role is – flexibility.
“At 6am I report to the office which allows me to complete a full work day prior to picking my son up at school,” she explains. “This is the key to my work-life balance. I’m allowed maximum time with my child while maintaining a career of my choice – which is a priority.”
Her goal for the next year? “Happiness in my personal life and continued passion in my professional projects,” she explains. “It’s really that basic.”