The WESST Visionaries

WESST extends sincere thanks to our fabulous WESST Visionaries. Their multi-year commitment to support WESST’s mission maximize the federal support WESST receives that requires non-federal matching dollars. WESST visionaries are helping small businesses grow and prosper.

Sally and Ken Adams
Dale and Gail Armstrong
Bueno Foods
Dave Baland & Ann Vlad
Chris and Karen Bard
Alan and Audrey Bell
Molly Bell and Charles Springer
Perry and Beverly Bendicksen
Mike and Carla Bickel
Kim Blueher
Julia Bowdich and John Carey
Caperton Fertility Institute
Ryan Centerwall
John and Carol Mayo Cochran
Linda Cooper
Kris Crowell
Brad Crowson
Dave Davis
Judy and Ray Dewey
Debra Dunlap
Mark Gilboard and Kristin Kohlstruk
Dub and Robin Girand

Joyce Godwin
Pamela Hurd-Knief & Ronald Knief
Debbie Johnson
Summit Electric Supply
Vic and Mary Jury
Jim and Ellen King
Barbara Kline
David Leith

Jim and Rebecca Long and Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Mike and Mary Lowrimore
Joann and Scott MacKenzie
Agnes and Jacobo Maldonado
Galek Properties LLC
Laurie and Tony Monfiletto
Joellyn Murphy
Mark J. Napolin & Associates
Leslie Neal
Rob and Bobbi Kay Nelson
Anne Nokes

Brigid Noonan
Agnes Noonan
Anna O'Connell
Chris and Mindy Olson
Cara Gordon Potter
Bettye Pressley
Carol Radosevich and Joe Menapace
Debora Ramirez
Steve and Marjorie Rogers
Julianna Silva
Geltmore, LLC
George and Jenean Stanfield
Holland Sutton
Duffy and Jean Ann Swan
Laurie and Rogan Thompson
TAL Realty
Tracy and Ann Utterback
Mary Wiederholt
Peter and Kathie Winograd
Sridhar Yarlagadda
Judy Zanotti

To learn how you can become a WESST Visionary, please call VP of Development Katie Knipe at 505-246-6935 or email at

To make a Visionary installment payment online, click here

Individuals and Community Leaders Coming Together to Support Small Business Growth

WESST Visionaries are a passionate group of individuals and small businesses committed to supporting local economic development through entrepreneurship. WESST Visionaries understand that starting and growing a small business takes a lot of hard work, patience and time. Success does not happen overnight. WESST Visionaries believe that anyone, irrespective of their race, color, gender or financial status – can achieve their entrepreneurial dreams if they are willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to reach business success. Each year, WESST is the proud recipient of federal funding which supports our work with women, minorities and low-income individuals. In order to access these federal funds, WESST must raise matching funds at a ratio of 1 to 1. Your commitment to becoming a WESST Visionary is critical to sustaining our work with entrepreneurs over the long term. We invite you to help us bring about powerful change and create sustainable economic and social impact for our families and our communities.

The Economic Impact of My Contribution

  • I will be helping to create jobs by helping women and men start and grow successful businesses;
  • I will be supporting my local economy by helping WESST build a strong entrepreneurial infrastructure;
  • Every dollar that I contribute will be matched dollar for dollar by federal sources.

The Social Impact of My Contribution

  • By supporting WESST, I will be reaching those sectors of the population currently underserved by other programs. I understand that WESST collaborates with many organizations to make the best possible resources available to entrepreneurs.
  • I will be helping individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged to become self-sufficient through entrepreneurship to break the cycle of poverty.

The Marketing Impact of My Contribution

I will receive recognition on WESST’s Lifetime Giving Wall, in printed materials and on the WESST website.

I will be given the opportunity to be the presenting sponsor at a WESST workshop and to provide a subject matter expert to lead the workshop in order to showcase my company’s expertise in a specific small business area.

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