Jennifer Wahi is a Senior Art Director for Cherry Lake Publishing Group/Sleeping Bear Press in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a seasoned children’s book designer for both school/library and trade market books. Jen is in charge of the marketing design for all of CLPG/SBP, including overseeing social media design and branding initiatives. In her spare time, Jennifer also works as a freelance creative director/consultant for several educational institutions around the country, including large universities and non-profit groups where she helps to design books, presentations, infographics and more. Prior to working at CLPG/SBP, she worked for Cengage Learning for 15 years as an Art Director for their higher education market in both San Francisco and Boston. She has won many national awards for her book designs. Jen first started out her career in graphic design working for one of the largest independent ad agencies in the U.S. -- Cramer Krasselt -- in Phoenix Arizona. Jen has a double major in Graphic Design and Advertising from Eastern Michigan University. Jen attended College for Creative Studies in Detroit for her post-graduate studies in design.
Jen currently resides in Northville, Michigan, on a large wooded lot where she loves to garden, do remodeling projects and spend time with her “better half” Kevin and her fur babies. Kevin and Jen are passionate about animal rescue. Jen’s 91-year-old father taught her the importance of loving and caring for all animals -- pets were always treated as members of the family growing up. Jen says, “ my parents taught me that living in the woods makes you a stronger person as you often witness the cycle of life with animals. It can be very rewarding and very difficult at times, too – but helping an animal in need truly improves your own life.” Through the years in the woods, Jen has encountered many orphaned wildlife, including raising a litter of baby raccoons, taking care of baby squirrels, skunks, deer, and turkey. Her number one passion, however, is rescuing cats. Besides helping street cats, Jen’s property has been a “revolving door” for “dumped kitties" in the park behind her home. She has rescued over 30 cats who have found their way to her property needing help…nursing each one back to health and finding amazing homes for them. Jen won’t adopt out a cat she rescues to just anyone. The adopter needs to be just like her in the way they treat animals. Jen continues to stay in touch with the adopted families over the years, where she gets regular updates and photos sent and she even "kitty sits" for several of her rescues. And of course, several of Jen and Kevin’s rescues have not gone very far…these would be their own "babies": Maya, Maggie, Alexander, Murphy, Sophia, and Finn.