We have all heard the saying “Mother knows best.” These Southwest Employees took this motto to heart by following in their mom’s footsteps and joining them in the same workplace. In honor of Mother’s Day, find out why these Employees LUV having their moms as Cohearts.
Flight Attendant Linda Williamson Kirby (right) poses with her mom, Ann Williamson (left), for Mother’s Day in 1985 after having lunch together at Howdy’s. Linda’s mom then worked in Southwest’s Pass Bureau and was the one to convince her to interview for Inflight in 1981. P.S. Notice Linda’s button!
[caption id="attachment_1650702" align="alignnone" width="720"] Elena Ann (right) snaps a picture with Southwest Co-founder Herb Kelleher and her mom, Kelly Greeninger (left), last year after Kelly had won the President’s Award. Kelly has been with Southwest for almost ten years and Elena is coming up on her one year anniversary. Both of Elena and Kelly’s husbands also work at Southwest so they take the “family business” very seriously! Elena says that she knows her mom loves her job because “she wants those most important to [her] to come join in on the fun!”[/caption]
Amy Boswell (right) shares a smile with her mom, Sandra (left). Amy celebrated her fifth anniversary with Southwest on December 12, 2015 as a Security Administrator in Corporate Facilities Security. Sandra has been with Southwest for 27 years and counting as a Representative in Customer Support and Services! Amy says that her mom is “the epitome of what SWA stands for” and that she “can only hope to be as full of spirit as she is.”
Ethan Avanzino (left) followed in his mother’s footsteps and joined Southwest four years ago. He currently works as a Multimedia Developer for SWA U. His mother, Diane Henry, has worked as a Customer Service Agent for nine years and has always shown him “what it means to live the Southwest way.” It was the LUV that Ethan saw between her and her Cohearts that made him want to be part of the Company.
[caption id="attachment_1650706" align="alignnone" width="640"] Midway Station Administrator Michaeline Johnson has looked up to her mom, Patty Bradhurst, for as long as she can remember. Patty has worked Inflight for Southwest for 22 years and has even won a President’s Award for her dedication to the Company. Michaeline says that her mom has “taught [her] how to be strong, how to love life, and how to laugh every chance that [she] gets.” She appreciates every moment she can spend with her mom from their epic Scrabble tournaments to their short morning talks.[/caption]
Marci Godfroy (left) and Paige McKinley’s (right) mom, Laura Lopez (center), worked at Herb Kelleher’s law firm before starting at Southwest. Marci says that her mom “has the most loving heart and is the best at taking care of her SWA Family!” Laura and Paige both work in the Marketing Department and Marci works as a HRIC Supervisor in Finance.
Midland Customer Service Agent Sarah Wallace (right) snaps a selfie with her mom, Brandi Beauchamp Wallace (left). Brandi has worked in Midland Cargo for seven years. Sarah says her mom “is an amazing woman and she has the biggest heart.” She also credits her mom as the person who inspired her to join the Southwest Family almost two years ago.
Flight Attendant Roseann Ryle (left) and her daughter Amber share a sweet moment from when their paths recently crossed at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. Amber is a Customer Service Agent based at BDL, and she enjoys seeing her mom whenever she is in town. Roseann has worked Inflight for ten years after her sister Madonna, who works as a Customer Service Supervisor in Orlando, convinced her to interview. They both love that they can have extensive conversations about Southwest and understand the “lingo” of the Company.
Kim Ramirez, Senior Manager of Administration – Ground Ops, is proud to say her whole family works for Southwest! Kim (second to right) gathers her family for a picture at Southwest Headquarters with (from left to right) her son Jeremy Ramirez, her niece Caroline Sears, her daughter Kristina Snyder, her husband Fernando Ramirez, and her son Robbie Ramirez. Every member of the Ramirez family works in different departments at Southwest. Jeremy works as an Analyst in Flight Operations, Kristina works as an Assistant Manager in Marketing, Fernando works as a Provisioning Agent at Dallas Love Field, and Robbie works as a Freight Agent at Midway. Kim says that working in separate departments gives everyone “different perspectives” at family functions, but they can still easily talk about the business and understand and appreciate one another.
We like to keep it all in the Family here at Southwest, and we would like to wish these Southwest moms and all the moms out there a wonderful Mother’s Day!