Meet Our Team
Paul
Paul Wetzel - President

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Paul Wetzel, M.Ed., started Wetzel Services in 1996, and is the President of Wetzel Services. Paul received his Masters in Education from Clemson University in 1991, where he researched methods of teaching English as a Second Language. He is also a Broker of Wetzel Realty which he created in 2004.

Valerie
Valerie Wetzel - Vice President

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Valerie Wetzel joined Wetzel Services in 2002 with over 14 years experience in manufacturing, human resources, training, quality assurance, customer service, and supply management in the textile industry. Valerie graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 with a degree in Industrial Management.

International Relocation
Angelika
Angelika Kiff - Relocation Team Leader

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Angelika Kiff is a native of Tuebingen, Germany and has lived in the US since 1989. She received her business degree from the Kaufmaennische Berufsschule in Tuebingen. Angelika joined Wetzel Services in 2005 with experience as an Executive Assistant in manufacturing and as a Human Resource Assistant in software and consulting.

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Frauke Westrich – Relocation Specialist

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Frauke, a German native, worked in various office support roles for 20 years at German companies, where she managed all sorts of departmental functions. After her husband was transferred to South Carolina in 2012, her family experienced the challenges of international relocation. Since joining Wetzel in May 2014, she has been helping other expats transition to life in the Upstate.

Elissa
Elissa Hardy-Schafer – Relocation Specialist

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Elissa started teaching English for Wetzel in 2007. She left for a few years for her husband’s expatriation to England, but returned to teaching in 2012 and additionally joined the Wetzel office team in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is CELTA-qualified as a teacher of English to students of other languages.  Elissa, her husband, and three children have been on assignments in Mexico and France in addition to England, so she understands the joys and challenges both of living abroad and moving to Greenville.

Real Estate Services
Jacki Jesch – Broker-In-Charge

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Jacki is the licensed Broker-In-Charge and joined the Wetzel Realty team as a Leasing and Real Estate Consultant in January 2015. Her professional experience of nine years in property management as well as her personal background of recently moving to Upstate South Carolina and buying a house brings a high value to the Wetzel Realty team. Jacki and her family, are from Nebraska, where Jacki grew up on a farm and then graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a degree in advertising.

Broker-in-Charge
Sonja Neufeld – Realtor®

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Sonja graduated from Wyatt Institute and is a licensed REALTOR® of the State of South Carolina. A native of Germany, she has been in the U.S. since 2004 and is a permanent resident. Sonja started with Wetzel Realty in May 2014. Her background as a certified electrician, an office assistant and expat to South Carolina give her unique qualifications to help with realty tours for internationals who are looking to rent or buy a home. Sonja’s aim is to sell with soul and to really listen to the needs and wants of her clients.

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Gee Burnett – Realtor®

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Gee is a licensed REALTOR® in the states of South Carolina and Florida. He attended the Wyatt Institute of Real Estate in 2007 and joined Wetzel Realty later that year. Gee has assisted in the successful placement of dozens of international clients into executive homes in the Greenville area.

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Bernard Steadman – Realtor®

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Bernard is a licensed REALTOR® in the state of South Carolina and joined Wetzel Realty in 2010. He has over eight years of experience in purchasing investment properties and property management. He has a Masters of Education degree from Winthrop University.

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Sam Sudano – Realtor®

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Sam Sudano joined the Realty Department as a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Leasing Specialist in January 2018.
Prior to joining Wetzel Services, Sam worked as a Destination Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee, and most recently Greenville, S.C. She assists clients with everything from home search to school search, bank accounts, drivers licenses, social security, language practice, and area tours.
While in Nashville, Sam also managed client accounts at a public relations firm. When she wasn’t working her day job, she was building a business catered to travelers. As a tour guide at Nashville Running Tours, she took travelers from all over the world out on sight-running tours of the city.

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Moni Braun – Realtor®

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Moni, a licensed REALTOR® in the state of South Carolina, joined the Wetzel Realty team in 2018. She enjoys getting to know clients, learning about their likes and dislikes, and discovering their wants and needs as she helps them find not just houses, but homes.

Moni grew up in Germany and made the U.S. her home 12 years ago, living in Georgia and now South Carolina with her husband and four children. With her fluent German and personal experience relocating internationally, she loves to help German families make a smooth transition to life in the Upstate.

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Language & Intercultural Training
Susannah
Susannah Barba - Language & Communications Manager

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Susannah has been a teacher at Wetzel Services since 2011 and Language Manager since 2013. She taught English in China from 2007-2010 and since returning to South Carolina has taught English to adults from more than 20 countries. She holds degrees in journalism (B.A.) and English (M.A.) and enjoys doing writing and marketing projects for Wetzel Services as well as teaching. She and her husband, an expat from Barcelona, take annual trips to visit family in Spain.

Christina
Christina Becker - Communications Manager

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Christina joined the Wetzel Team in April 2016. She is from Friedrichshafen, Germany and moved to Greenville in 2015 with her husband and two children. She holds a diploma in Business Administration with majors in Journalism, Public Relations and Communications. She enjoys supporting the Wetzel Team with all upcoming Sales & Marketing projects, organizing events as well as taking care of the website.

Sanaz
Sanaz Schroeder - Intercultural Trainer & Office Manager

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Sanaz grew up in Germany and lived in Zurich/Switzerland as an expat for many years before her husband’s work brought them and their son to Greenville in 2015. She holds a PhD in Adult education and Didactics, and she worked as a university professor in the field of ‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’ for many years. She has been involved in various international projects in that capacity.

Rebecca - Intensive English Program: Upstate, South Carolina
Rebecca Small - Linguistic Expert

Rebecca began her language-teaching career in China in 1997 and has been hooked ever since.  She holds a BA in English with a minor foreign languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Spanish), and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina.  Her linguistic studies focused on Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.  She also holds a graduate certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from USC.   She joined Wetzel in 1998 as a teacher and later became Language Director.   She’s been  teaching advanced ESL, American culture, and business writing for almost 20 years – and looking forward to many more.