WCU Alum Aligns Her Love of Tastykakes with Her 9-to-5

Mark Hostutler
Image of Shelley McDonnough via Jessica Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Shelley McDonnough, a graduate of Penn Wood High School who attended West Chester University, has aligned her childhood love for Tastykakes with her profession, writes Stephanie Farr for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

McDonnough works as product development coordinator with Tastykake’s research and development unit. To this day, she remembers going to her local Wawa in Yeadon to get her favorite snack, cherry pie.

“It actually is very fulfilling to know that I come to a place that treats me like family,” she said.

McDonnough, who majored in biology and microbiology, originally intended to pursue pharmaceutical science. But when she saw a classified ad for a senior lab technician at Tastykake 24 years ago, she never looked back.

She spent eight years in quality assurance before she was asked to join Tastykake’s research and development unit. Her supervisors believed she would enjoy the variety as well as having to sample new products.

“I love dessert,” she said.

Her job is to develop new Tastykake products and new flavors for existing ones. But considering the tasting involved, McDonnough makes sure to hit the gym often or go for long runs.

“I eat a lot of cakes and icings, so work-life balance is important,” she said.

Read more about Shelley McDonnough in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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