Employee Spotlight: Sharonda Harston
First Nation Group is proud to introduce our first
Employee Spotlight featuring Sharonda Harston!
Sharonda has served multiple roles during her long running time as part of the First Nation Group family, but now oversees the REMM Solution program as the Solution Services Manager at the Fort Myers office.
Sharonda has a unique story that we are fortunate to have her share with us. We hope that her story touches you and helps you see that no matter how tough a battle you may be in – there is always light at the end of the tunnel. She was gracious enough to sit down and give us some insight into her life. From her time at First Nation Group to challenges overcome to what she enjoys outside of work – here’s a sneak peak into the life of Sharonda Harston.
Do you have a nonprofit that you are passionate about supporting?
After my rehabilitation, I went from a wheelchair to a walker to braces and by the time a service animal organization called Golden Paws contacted me about getting a dog, I knew I didn’t need it and would be potentially taking it away from someone who actually did need it. I knew First Nation Group had the charitable match, and I wanted to help do anything I could to shorten the list for other people like me to get a service animal when they need it. That’s how I got connected to Golden Paws. And I learned how much goes into getting a dog trained and love being able to support that process.
What do you love about First Nation Group?
Outside of the charitable causes, this company feels like they really want to support their staff. They really make sure their employees are taken care of and feel valued. You never feel like what you do doesn’t mean anything. I think that’s one of the reasons the company is so successful—we, as employees, care that the company is successful because the company cares about us.
How does it make you feel getting to work so closely with customers and patients?
It’s the best! This has been my favorite role I’ve held at First Nation Group and it’s because of my direct access to Veterans. Actually, working with the Veterans that have been prescribed the equipment and helping them acclimate to it or easing concerns they may have, is an amazing feeling. I love getting to hear Veterans’ stories—it’s important to me that they feel heard and seen.
What is your musical taste like?
My musical taste is very eclectic. I’m the type of person where I can’t put my music on shuffle. You’re going to get rap, hip-hop, pop, country, opera, showtunes, gospel, everything. Music is really about the storytelling for me. “Something about this song spoke to me or it invoked a particular feeling”.
Favorite hobbies: Fitness, performing arts, Groupon-ing.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
It would probably depend on what the point of the dinner was. For sentimental purposes, my grandmother passed, and she was the most important person in my life, so I would jump at the opportunity to have dinner with her one more time. The fangirl in me would love to have dinner with Prince or Michael Jackson. They were the soundtrack to my childhood and when they died, it truly affected me. It’s a strange feeling when you realize someone who has made such a contribution to your life isn’t on this planet anymore and you’ll never get the chance to meet them.
Thank you Sharonda for always being an inspiration to the First Nation Group family!