Staff Spotlight – Veronica Arias
Here at WESST our mission is to be the place to start and grow your business. Our staff is committed to this vision and they enjoy sharing that dedication with our clients. This month on our blog series, we are featuring Roswell Program Coordinator, Veronica Arias. The director of our annual Go! Latinas conference in Chaves County, Veronica Arias is a vital member of her community and our WESST team. We hope you enjoy!
What made you want to come to work for WESST?
I really liked WESST’s Mission & Vision to provide a support system for others. Being a leader in a community and helping others grow is a cry of my heart.
What was your very first job?
CETA The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. I worked in the same elementary school I attended. At the time I worked I was 14 years old and was the secretary for the summer school program. After summer school ended I worked with the summer maintenance team preparing the school for the next school year.
What’s your favorite part of working here?
My favorite part of working with WESST is being able to provide entrepreneurs with tools that empower them and help them achieve their goals and dreams.
What do you do when you are not working?
When I am not working, I am working, ha ha. I love to work on our five acre “Ranchito.” I love to garden, read, write. We often host our family members for food & fun. Also, volunteering at my church with women’s bible studies and going on mission trips any chance I get.
What do you wish people knew about WESST?
I wish people knew about the many tools available to them through WESST for both personal and professional growth. We are here to provide support and empowerment, while participating in their dreams!