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WESST Celebrates 30 Years of Impact

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of WESST’s impact in NM and we are celebrating all year long! Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, WESST will make twelve $1,000 investments in client businesses to recognize the contributions these businesses make in their communities every day. We will also highlight a number of individuals, businesses and organizations that demonstrated a key role in WESST’s growth over the past 30 years in our “30 Faces of WESST” feature.

Many thanks to our 30th Year Anniversary Sponsors: Affordable Solar, Garcia Automotive Group, New Mexico Gas, PNM, Presbyterian, Southwest Capital Bank!


It’s a wrap! For our final surprise, we are featuring Cecilia Portal of Valley Community Interpreters (VCI).

WESST Enterprise Center Incubator Member Valley Community Interpreters (VCI) is a New Mexico based nonprofit organization committed to improve and increase language access by training community/medical qualified interpreters to meet national professional standards.

VCI has been a WESST Enterprise Center Incubator Member since 2018 and has been working with WESST Consultants on HR, Marketing, managing growth, financial literacy, applying for grants, social media, layout and language for her brochures and a complete reconfigure of her website.

To see previous #WESST30THSURPRISE video(s) please click HERE.



Our committed team nurtures thousands of clients each year to help them build strong and sustainable businesses that support their families and communities throughout New Mexico.

WESST’s statewide team of nearly 25 strive every day to provide exemplary customer service. Our work begins from early morning meetings and continues to evening classes; from weekend outreach presentations to loan closings after our client doors are closed. We are active in our communities – from Roswell to Farmington. What binds us together is our care and commitment to improving the well-being of those we work with. It’s hard work, but it’s meaningful work.

While WESST continues to welcome new team members, we are also proud of the seasoned team that has chosen to work at WESST for many years. 11 individuals have been with WESST for more than five years to include Melissa Williams-Loan Fund Administrator, Michele Newman-WESST Enterprise Center Director, Antoinette Creel-Loan Officer, Roseanna Perea-Santa Fe Program Coordinator, Nancy McLain-Impact Manager, Zoe Otero-Martinez-Financial Literacy Program Manager, Rhonda Johnson-Roswell Regional Manager, and Lorena Schott- Director of Marketing Communications. And a few have helped WESST grow nearly from the beginning, passing the 20 year mark: Santa Fe Regional Manager, Bette Bradbury will soon be celebrating her 25th anniversary, VP of Lending, Kim Blueher will be celebrating 30 years in January 2020 and WESST President, Agnes Noonan will be celebrating 30 years in December 2021.

We couldn’t have come this far without the dedicated staff at WESST!

To see previous #30FACESOFWESST features please click HERE.


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