WBU ENACTUS hosts annual Women in Business banquet

April 24, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s ENACTUS team held its annual Women in Business Awards Banquet Tuesday evening, recognizing award recipients Janet Smith, Gloria Gomez, and Sue Lewellen.

Janet Smith is the owner of Casseroles to Go and has been serving her home cooking to the people of Plainview for 13 years. Once a stay at home mom, Smith started her business slowly, but now she serves an average of 450-500 customers a week. In addition to running her business, Smith also is a member of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce and Wayland’s Sally Society.

Gloria Gomez owns Unique Alternative Care of Plainview. She has been serving and caring for her elderly patients since she opened in 1998. She has been passionately caring for her patients round the clock ever since. Recently Gomez’s own health has taken her away from the business and her daughter-in-law, Monica, has taken on more of the responsibilities. However, as her health continues to improve, Gomez plans to continue to help in every way she can.

Sue Lewellen is the director of the First Presbyterian Preschool. She started with the preschool in 1970 as a teacher and took on the role of director 10 years ago. Lewellen is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and has previously served as an elder there. She is also a member of the Hale County Hospital Authority board. Lewellen will be retiring from the preschool at the end of this year.

In addition to the award ceremony, the ENACTUS team also gave its national competition presentation. Team members explained three of their major ongoing projects including their computer literacy classes, drug drop-off program and Kenya entrepreneur training initiative. Between these three projects they have directly and indirectly impacted an estimated 825 people.