That smiling face you see at the front desk or that friendly voice you hear on the phone every day is most likely East Ohio College Office Manager, Rhonda Stoakes, a veteran of the East Ohio Team for over twelve years.
Mrs. Stoakes graduated from Wellsville High School in 1985. Following high school, she became a manager at McDonald’s for five years before leaving to spend thirteen years in the pottery industry at the former Sterling China. When Sterling China closed, Rhonda took advantage of the opportunity to attend East Ohio through funding from the Trade Adjustment Act. Rhonda earned an Associate of Applied Business degree in Medical Office Administration and from there she says, “The rest is history.” In her current role as Office Manager, Rhonda handles day-to-day office operations, accounts payable, ordering of supplies, and serves as the college’s Registrar. She enjoys keeping the office running smoothly and efficiently.
Rhonda says she “loved coming to school at East Ohio. It has such a great atmosphere, and as a student, I always thought it would be a great place to work.” She treasures the friends that she has made here and says that her favorite part of working at East Ohio is spending time with the students and seeing them grow and prosper.
In her personal life, Mrs. Stoakes enjoys anything outdoors, including riding ATV’s, camping, and working in the yard. She is most proud of and motivated by her family and her two granddaughters, Arianna (7), and Gabby (3) are her world. “Even when they are not in my arms or on my lap, they are always in my heart. I also have the best husband and two sons that I could ask for,” Rhonda says. The second thing she is most proud of is her degree from East Ohio. Rhonda states that “it has opened so many doors for me, especially where I am at today.”
It’s amazing to see where Rhonda is today, as a near-fatal car accident her senior year of high school left her with a broken neck and in halo traction for three months. At the time, her doctors were amazed that she survived. “Doctors said that I should have been paralyzed or dead,” she says. Everyone at East Ohio is glad that she survived that scare so that one day she could join our team. According to Rhonda, “It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. When you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”
For more information on healthcare career programs or short-term training, contact East Ohio at 330-385-1070 and say “hi” to Rhonda or request information here.