The stage time paid off in her career as a lawyer - those dramatic skills often have a place among other lawyers or in court.
Theater again has taken on a role of helping Rodecker fit in.
Her lifelong immune disorders, treated by doctors locally and at the Cleveland Clinic, and the medications she'd been prescribed to treat them had finally taken such a toll that they became disabling and Rodecker had to give up her seven-and-a-half-year career as a lawyer.
She often is in pain and is exhausted.
It doesn't make for a very satisfying life, she said. She turned to teaching, taking on a class here and there for the University of Charleston's Pharmacy School, and found she loved it.
One day, she got into a conversation with the mother of her daughter's classmate and they started talking about theater how it can benefit children.
Rodecker grew excited, telling the mom, Pelagia Mihailidis, how she would structure workshops for children.
She went home, started writing her ideas down, and formulated the framework for a series of workshops.
Mihailidis agreed to enroll her 7-year-old daughter, Vera, and to help recruit a hand full of students. And Rodecker's Theatre Arts Workshop was born.
So far, it's just the kind of program Mihailidis had in mind for Vera.
"Vera has some learning difficulties - nothing major, but she's struggling in school," Mihailidis said. "For me it was important to find outlets for her to be in a group of peers that she would enjoy and where she would feel pride. At the same time, I wanted it to be educational and not just a babysitter."
Mihailidis said Vera loves her class, where she is right in the middle of the age group, and she has observed Rodecker's intuitiveness with the children and her ability to bring out strengths and build on weaknesses.
The students aren't the only ones who come alive during those 90 minutes on Tuesdays. Rodecker does, too. Never mind that she's worn out after. There's a purpose and a challenge to the day - one that for a time doesn't involve her worrying about her health.
"These children have so much potential - and they don't know it yet," she said. "This is designed to bring out the positive aspects of their personalities, to help them believe in themselves."
For more information, visit crwtheatreartsworkshop.com.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.