Yasmin Young Salutes Rhonda Washington as WNY’s Hardest Working Woman
Every Wednesday Yasmin Young of the 2 To 6 Takeover and The People’s Station will select WNY’s Hardest Working Woman to feature here on WBLK.com and receive a prize! Meet our current winner, Rhonda Washington!
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Meet March 29th’s Winner, Rhonda Washington!!
Rhonda is a teacher aide, who has been employed by Aspire of WNY (formerly UCPA) for 17yrs! She has the challenging job of working with children with disabilities. Rhonda says, “The children I work with have various disabilities- cerebral palsy, autism, down-syndrome, as well as social and emotional issues. To be in my field it takes a “lot “of patience. To be in this field of work you definitely have a caring with a big heart. I truly love my work. I get so much pleasure seeing my student accomplish one of their goals. They aren’t just my students they are like a part of my family!!” We salute you for dedicating your life’s work to helping children who are differently-abled become better!
Meet March 22nd’s Winner, Michelle Lane!!
Michelle is currently working full-time as a clinical behavior therapist for the dual diagnosed. She also works part-time in behavior analysis therapy with adolescents. Michelle is working on her PhD in marriage and family therapy! She says, “I am a single mom who is very active in my daughter’s school. I volunteer for Girl Scouts, I provide behavior consulting to her charter school, and I’m apart the the parents association. I love helping people!” Keep reppin’ for the hard-working women!!
Meet March 15th’s Winner, Kaila Barnes!!
Kaila Barnes is a 22-year-old, full-time Credit Manager at Rent-A-Center and a student at NCCC, who is majoring in Education. She says “I hope to be a high school English teacher! I work hard on a daily basis to take care of 3-year-old son and to help my 6 younger siblings! I will give my last to anyone who needs it!” Well today we give you praise Kaila! Keep reppin’ for the hard-working women in WNY!!
Meet March 8th’s Winner, Mariah King!!
Mariah is a 20-year-old working mother. She works 6 days a week as a personal care aide. She is also mom to a 5-month-old girl named Ja’Riah, who was born prematurely at 30 weeks, weighing in at 2 pounds/8 ounces. Mariah says “Seeing my daughter fight for her life in the hospital encouraged me to never give up. I’ve been through so many setbacks in life and I am currently struggling right now, but there’s always a rainbow after the storm and mommy will always make a way. I’m so thankful for my baby girl! And thank you Children’s Hospital for saving my baby!”
Meet March 1st’s Winner, Cherelle Warren!!
Cherelle Warren is mom to a 4-year-old son and works two and a half jobs! In addition to all that, she’s in school full-time at NCCC and trains in MMA! “I train at WNYMMA. I hope to get in the ring soon. I think I live up to the name of Buffalo’s hardest working woman!” We agree, so congrats Cherelle!
Meet February 22nd’s Winner, Misty Lipka!!
Misty works 3 rotating jobs to make sure the bills are paid! She also makes sure she’s home in time to cook dinner and put it on the table so when the kids get home from school they have something warm to eat. Misty says, “I’m willing to help anyone in need and I do it with a smile. I love and appreciate my Family and Life everyday. I am a proud hard working woman and mother!” Keep it up Misty, we see you!
Meet February 15th’s Winner, Sherrell Marie!!
Sherrell had 3 degrees by the time she was 23! She accomplished that while working part time at the Galleria Mall and playing Division 3 volleyball at Buffalo State! Sherrell has a Bachelor’s in psych and social work and Masters in social work). She says, “I have been volunteering with Big Bro/Big Sis for the last 2 yrs. I currently work full-time as an LMSW at a community based agency. I still work part time at the mall and I just finished my 4th volunteer coaching season w/ Nickel City Volleyball Club. I’m looking forward to my 2nd season as assistant coach for D’Youville Volleyball. I also have been helping my Alma Mater (City Honors) volleyball the past 5 yrs!” Girl, you got a LOT going on and we LOVE IT! Keep up the amazing work!!
Meet February 8th’s Winner, Shannon Loveland!!
Shannon has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Mental Health counseling. She works for an agency full-time in mental health and addictions. She also works part-time at a local restaurant. Shannon says, “I maintain my own household. I also play volleyball on Tuesday nights. During my little bit of free time I have I spend it with friends, family and my man. In addition to all that I help my boyfriend’s mother with anything she needs!” You’re a BUSY woman Shannon! Keep hustling hard!
Meet February 1st’s Winner, Katelynn Barlow!!
Katelynn is 20-years-old and in a Junior at Buffalo State, as a psychology major and a sociology minor. After school during the week, she works with the CAO at the Pratt Community Center with children from all over the city! Then on the weekends, she works at Billy Beez in the Galleria mall. She says, “I love kids so I don’t mind being around them all the time. Also, in my free time, when I have some, I model. I’ve been modeling for about 3-years now and have done so locally and in other cities. Between both jobs, modeling, and the long school hours, I still find time to complete my assignments and hold a 2.9 GPA. I also took the police officer exam back in June and passed. I am currently in the process of completing the final steps involved in order to become a student in the police academy. If accepted, I will have to leave school in order to attend the academy. But, after a year or 2 of being in the field, I plan to go back to school and finish working on my Bachelor’s then obtain my Master’s!” Girl you have a lot going on, but it makes us proud! Keep up the good work!!
Meet January 25th’s Winner, Jazzae Verse!!
Jazzae graduated from Cheektowaga Central high school at the age of 16-year-old! She went on to receive her associates degree from Erie Community College in Dental Hygiene and currently works part time as a Dental Hygienist at a pediatric dental office! She is also a full time college student at Daemen College, on a academic scholarship. She says, “I am pursuing a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and Masters in Public Health. On top of work and school, I am the Co-Director of Dynasty All-Stars Dance Team. I coach dance 3 days out the week to girls ages 5-18 years old. I am proud of all my accomplishments at just the young age of 21 years old and I continue to strive for greatness each and everyday. This is why I think I am WNY’s Hardest working woman!” We agree! Congrats Jazzae!!