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Meet Our Team
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 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 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.

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. When 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.

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 nine years of professional experience 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. She graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a degree in advertising.

Sonja Neufeld – Realtor®

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Sonja graduated from Wyatt Institute and is a licensed REALTOR® in 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 and 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.

Bernard Steadman – Realtor®

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Bernard is a licensed REALTOR® in 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.

Sam Sudano – Realtor®

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Sam joined the Wetzel Realty team in 2018. She is a world traveler who uses her own experience to help clients buy, sell, and rent homes in South Carolina.

Prior to joining Wetzel Services, she worked as a Destination Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee and in Greenville. Other previous work includes being a flight attendant, public relations, leading running tours in Nashville, and creating a business that caters to travelers. 

Language & Intercultural Training
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. Since returning to South Carolina, she 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.

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). She also holds 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 looks forward to many more.

Elissa Hardy-Schafer – Communications Coordinator

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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. She 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 (TESOL).  Elissa, her husband, and three children have been on assignments in Mexico and France in addition to England. She understands the joys and challenges both of living abroad and moving to Greenville.

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

Do you need help with an international move to Upstate South Carolina? Language classes or cross-cultural training? Real estate services in Greenville?

Contact us today to get started!

International Relocation: [email protected]

Language & Intercultural Training: [email protected]

Real Estate Service: [email protected]