Wenche grew up in the small village of Mysen, about 45 miles southwest of Oslo, Norway. Since her parents, as well as uncles and aunts, were healthcare professionals, it was natural for Wenche to pursue the same line of work. While studying at Newbold College in Bracknell, England, she met her future husband, Richard Faiola. Encouraged by Richard, she moved to California, where she later received her RN from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. She and Richard married after graduating from college.
While Richard studied medicine, Wenche worked as an RN, both at the pediatric unit at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Southwest California - a position she still recalls with great fondness. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Hinsdale Adventist Hospital, in Hinsdale, IL, while Richard completed his specialty training. Wenche gave birth to their first child, daughter Anne-Marie, while in Illinois. Three years later, with Richard at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, she gave birth to their son, Erik.
After moving in 1981 to Chehalis, Washington, Wenche worked as a school nurse, head-room mother, and president of the Lewis County Medical Alliance, in addition to full-time homemaking. In 1996, she added to her natural gardening skills by becoming a Master Gardner through the University of Washington course work. She has applied her horticultural talents to design and maintain the landscaping surrounding HFM.
When she isn't working for HFM, Wenche enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren. She is also an avid birder and enjoys nearly any outdoor activity.