It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of PASAP Board Director, Joel Wentling. Joel passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for the past eight months. He was 51 years old.
Joel served on the PASAP Board of Directors for 13 years, representing the Northwest Region. Elected to the board in 2006, he quickly demonstrated his passion for supporting children, especially those who were experiencing difficulties in school and at home. As mentioned in his obituary, it was very clear that he loved his students and thought that it was important to understand kids, respect them and build relationships with them. He contributed greatly to the board over the years, serving as treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, and as an executive officer.
Joel was instrumental in the planning of our annual conference, participated in making important board decisions, and took pride in leading the planning for the Northwest Region Workshops for several years.
Joel served on the Crawford County Children’s Advisory Council and as a school counselor, assistant principal and most recently as a building principal during his 22 years in the Conneaut School District.
Joel was a wonderful man and even better friend. He will be missed greatly. He leaves behind his wife Michelle, son, Jamin, daughter, Mesa, and son, Justin Lewis and his wife Kylee.