Interacting with and helping Carroll White REMC’s members are what recently hired Member Service Representative Ashley (Shafer) Ponto is looking forward to most in her new position.
Working with the public is nothing new for Ponto, who started at the REMC on June 6. “I worked seven months at a private law firm and have a combined 18 years working at both the White and Tippecanoe County prosecutor’s office,” she said. “For one year, I worked at the Twin Lakes School administration office.”
Ponto was born in Lafayette but raised in Monticello. A graduate of Twin Lakes High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with minors in psychology and sociology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She also has an associate degree in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College.
She and her husband, Chris, live in Monticello with their two sons: Easton, age nine, and Kase, age seven. Chris is employed at Caterpillar as the team leader for the 3500 Rod Lin in the machine shop.
Describing herself as family oriented and outdoorsy, Ponto enjoys watching and supporting her sons in 4-H and their sporting events. She serves as PTO co-president at her sons’ school, Oaklawn Elementary. A former high school basketball player, not only does she coach her sons’ school basketball team, she continues to play basketball herself. She also enjoys playing tennis.
“We are very excited to have Ashley on the front lines of our team as a member service representative,” Member Services Supervisor Sandy Cotner said. “She has strong background in
serving the community on several fronts. Our members are our highest priority, and we are confident Ashley understands and embraces that cooperative principle.”
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