Nell Orndorf holds a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Akron (1985) and a Masters degree in Family Ecology from the University of Akron (1990.) She also served as a board member for the Native American Indian and Veterans Center of Summit County. Nell's native American heritage is Ojibwe and Blackfoot from the Turtle Clan on her father's side. Her husband, Jim is Lakota. Nell provides consultation to several universities on Native American issues and pow wows. In addition, she teaches sewing, crochet, tatting, quilting, Native American beading, card making and scrapbooking as a way to help and encourage others in honoring and preserving their culture, customs, and heritage. Nell has proudly sewn and presented ceremonial regalia and quilts for many friends and dignitaries in the northeast Ohio area.