A letter from Executive Administrative Assistant, Michaelle Longhoffer
When Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) was founded in 2006, I was hired as their first Administrative Assistant. In the beginning, there was only a handful of employees, but over the years we have grown to more than 30 staff in Sacramento. For the first 10 years, I was the only administrative assistant and was responsible for all the usual duties (typing, filing, phones, mail, travel arrangements, etc.) It was always busy and I loved it. We are like a family, sometimes arguing or disagreeing, but ultimately we have always come together as a unit. We work hard, but we also make time for fun events such as having a picnic at one of our sites or the annual Halloween and Christmas Parties. WES is a well-respected company because of the integrity of our employees and the excellent work we produce. I know that WES will continue to grow and thrive as a wonderful company.
For the first few weeks in our space at 600 North Market Boulevard, we had no furniture (desks, chairs, cabinets, etc.), no cubicles, no office telephones, no copy equipment, no refrigerator or microwave. It was a big cavernous open area. Hal Holland provided some folding camp chairs, Greg Sutter brought in a couple of folding tables, and I provided a small card table that was borrowed from my neighbor. My flip phone was the “office” phone for about three weeks. Looking back on those days, it was hilarious and fun.
Upon my retirement beginning this month, I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband and traveling, working in our garden and greenhouse, and getting up late in the morning and going to the gym at a decent hour (not 5:00 AM). I also hope to keep in touch with WES by checking in every so often.
As I retire, I know I will miss the daily interaction with the staff, but I am also looking forward to spending more time with my husband. I feel very lucky to have spent 14 years with all of you. Thank you and best wishes for the future.