President of Acosta & Associates, Inc., Wendy Acosta is following her passion of creating capacity and resources for healthy children, healthy families and strong communities. A consultant and trainer, her greatest strength is her ability to empower indigenous communities to use their cultural strengths and traditional values to create successful children.
She is hanai (adopted) in both Maui, Hawaii, and various Yupik/Cupik villages in the YK Delta, including Chuathbuluk, Nunam Iqua and Scammon Bay, AK. Her Yupik name is Anuqa - wind. Wendy is known for being both Anuqekegci (favorable wind) for a community and Anuqekegcinrite (unfavorable wind) for systems.
Wendy melds decades of government service, youth and community development expertise, a mental health background, school/social advocacy and insight as a CSI/Expert witness technician with Human Systems Dynamics to assist individuals, organizations or communities move their vision from dreams to reality.
Wendy has a proven track record for delivering results efficiently and effectively. Her roles include Community Facilitator/Instigator/Advocate; Assessment and Evaluation; Resource/Systems Development; Leadership Development; Facilitation; Mediation; Organizational or Community Change, Consulting and Coaching. Using a strength-based approach, she creates foundations and experiences to support existing strengths and strengthen weaknesses. Thus equipped, her clients are able to continue building their dreams and their teams. She has launched hundreds of young people into roles of leadership and advocacy around the world. The teams are continuing their community work, training new members and truly building their dream.
Wendy lived in Spokane Washington and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska before landing in Hawaii. She loves to travel, experience new cultures, invent new recipes and volunteer.
Wendy currently resides in Maui, Hawaii with her partner Michael. Together they are working to create capacity by using technology to build community, energy and sustainability in neighborhoods around the islands. Their next large project will be helping give birth to a new nation.
Wendy is available in person, by telephone or Skype for consultancy.