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Staff Spotlight – Rhonda Johnson

Rhonda B Johnson

Rhonda joined WESST Roswell in October 2014. Rhonda has lived in several Texas cities and even across the pond near London, England. She moved to Roswell in 1995 and has been active in the community, volunteering in many organizations and serving on several Boards.

What made you want to come to work for WESST?

I had been working in health care and traveled nearly 100% of the time. While I felt my job made a difference, personally, I was exhausted and had no balance in my life. From what I heard about WESST from a colleague, WESST cared about its clients and went above and beyond to help them start or grow a business. For me, I needed to feel like the work I was doing made a difference in people’s lives, that was the litmus test I used when I looked at working for WESST. WESST cared and it helped people achieve their dreams.

What was your very first job?

From a very early age, I babysat to earn extra money. We lived in a very small rural community of rice farmers in southeast Texas and there were no available jobs for teenagers. When I graduated from high school and was able to get a car, I worked in downtown Beaumont, TX as a sales clerk in a variety store.

What’s your favorite part of working here?

My favorite part of working at WESST is being able to help others. When I was very young and moving up the ladder, my main concern was that I make money. As I’ve matured, I realize life is much more than money – my life needed to mean something, I want to make a difference. At WESST, I am able to make a difference every single day!

What do you do when you’re not working?

I’m very community minded. When I traveled nearly 100% of the time, I was not able to give back to the community that I love and have lived in for the last 23 years. Once I started with WESST, I determined that in my free time, I could volunteer and that further fulfilled my personal happiness.

What do you wish people knew about WESST?

WESST is a home for all entrepreneurs with no barriers to entry! WESST is a place to flesh out your dreams, get the support needed to move those dreams forward through consulting, training and lending. Our goal is to see our clients become educated about their financials and business practices, become self-sufficient, and have sustainable businesses that can support their families and community. As an entrepreneur, one can sometimes feel all alone. WESST is the place that walks with you towards your dreams so you don’t have to go it alone. With six offices across the state, the WESST staff shares their experience and knowledge to help anybody with the passion to work hard.

Lorena Schott

Lorena Schott

orena Schott is a native New Mexican that brings a wealth of experience to the WESST team. Before joining WESST in 2009, she worked for Intel where she was acknowledged for her establishment of Intel’s centralized on-line system, rewarding and recognizing employees worldwide.