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Ashro Woman: Rhonda

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Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Rhonda from Dayton, OH

This extraordinary Ashro Woman has been baptized in the River Jordan and walked inside the Pyramids, spending 3 years traveling to Iraq and Isreal for military sales work!

She continues to work as a program and logistics manager on a US Air Force base. That is just one part of her life, however.

Rhonda is also a teacher with her doctorate, a welcome-team member at her Baptist church, and a 38-year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority where she serves in the arenas of health and political awareness.

“God gives you a gift to nurture, but that gift is His. Do your best and watch it grow.”

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Dr Rhonda G.
Which city do you live?
Which state do you live?
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
She’s stylish and unique!  I wear outfits that make me feel gorgeous and confident.  
How long have you been an Ashro customer?
10 years
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I’m a program and logistics manager at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Currently working in the area of Foreign Military Sales (FMS).  I’ve traveled to Iraq and Israel. I was selected to be, one of fifteen, Air Force wide, Education with Industry Fellows, for 10 months with private industry (Deloitte).  I also teach part-time as an adjunct for University of Phoenix.  I love the travel FMS provides.  I was baptized in the Jordan on one trip. I’ve gone inside the Pyramids on another.  
How do you spend your free time?
I serve in my church and in my sorority.  I enjoy walking, line dancing, attending music concerts, comedy shows and movies.  
What small thing makes you happy?
I love flowers and music.  Flowers are so beautiful and they brighten any room. Music is my happy place. I love old school R&B like Wild Flower by New Birth.  
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
My best dish is French Toast for breakfast served in the kitchen. I use to make it for my mom before she passed.  I’m looking for another special  person to make it for.  
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
My greatest struggle has been the death of my mom, sister and fiancé.  I miss them everyday.  They were a big part of my life.  My greatest triumph would be, earning my doctorate in business administration emphasis healthcare management and leadership.  Also being selected, one out of fifteen, Air Force-wide, Education with Industry Fellows.
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mom, and Jesus are my influences! My mom taught me to love all people and to be empathetic.  She passed but her guiding spirit is with me.  I study the word and Jesus speaks through the word.  Jesus helps me to have a healthy self esteem.  He helps me to not be hard on myself when I fall short.  He helps me to have love and compassion for others.  
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
I serve in my church, Omega Baptist and in my sorority of Delta Sigma Theata, Dayton Alumnae Chapter. I register voters and  serve at the Election Polls.  I lead committees focused on health or political awareness. I’m on the welcome team at my church.  I greet people as they arrive on Sunday.  In my sorority I serve on the chaplains council.   I also volunteer at the Schuster a local performing arts center.  
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. I pledged Delta Kappa in college.  I’m the first Greek in my family.  It’s a way for me to maximize what I already do and that’s to give back and make the world better.  Service is important to me.  It’s how I express my faith.   
What do you love about fashion and style?
I love the freedom to express my unique style. I’m able to showcase my uniqueness through fashionable attire.  
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
Iman has been a fashion influencer.  She had a very successful modeling career and now she’s a business woman.  She’s so beautiful! She has classic style!  
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I dress up for weddings, balls, concerts, and church.  Actually I don’t need an excuse.  I like dressing up all the time.  I love outfits I can dress up and down.  
How has your style evolved over time?
My style has stayed pretty consistent. I like to dress up.  I get this from my great aunt Lucille. She always wore dresses, hats, gloves, etc.  She was a very special lady. 
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
I wear Ashro hats. Ashro has the best hats.  Their hats,  make the outfit!  Every time I wear a hat, it’s a showstopper.  
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
I have natural hair and headwraps are handy.  I watch YouTube videos and it gives me great ideas on how to wear the wraps.  Ashro head wraps are so colorful, you just need to put them on.  They are beautiful!  
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
I wear hairpieces and wigs occasionally.  For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed wearing my natural hair or wearing my hair braided.  
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
My faith gives me hope in all situations. It helps me to keep going when I want to give up. It makes me hopeful that good things are coming my way.  It gives me something to hold onto, no matter what. 
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
I attend church and mid-week study. Church is a big part of my life. I have a church family. I attend Omega Baptist Church in Dayton Ohio. I love the fact we serve communities and families. We serve, learn and pray together. We make a commitment each year to be apart of a learning and serving ministry. We develop our gifts by serving consistently.  
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
I lead by example. I bring family to Church, so we can worship together.  I want them to see me attend and serve.   I want them to see the importance of building a personal relationship with God.  This is how I pass down what’s important to me by being an example and sharing that experience.   
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
If yes, tell us about it.
I’m not the First Lady but people will ask me occasionally, are you the First Lady?   Lol!  I assume they can see my love and commitment to God and my church.  They see me serving and assume I must hold some position in the church. They are right but not the First Lady position.  I believe I carry myself in a particular way that expresses my faith.  
Your best advice?
Be true to yourself. Fill up your cup first, before you try to fill others.  Self-care is essential to a healthy mind, body and spirit.  
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
Children are gifts. God blesses you with these gifts to nurture but these gifts belong to him.  We are entrusted to do our best.  Like a vine on the tree, if we nurture, we will see growth.   Cherish God’s gift!  
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
I am a Ashro credit customer!  It has helped me to acquire some amazing items I wanted to showcase.  
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
I remember receiving my first catalog.  I was eager to purchase a few colorful caftans.  They were so beautiful coming with a matching head wrap.  I took one on a trip and decided to wear it for breakfast.  As I was coming down the stairs and entered the breakfast area, people stopped eating and looked at me like I was a movie star.   I started smiling and waving, like the First Lady.  It’s was sou funny but so true.  
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Thanks for inspiring us, Rhonda!

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