Our employees do some truly astounding things in their free time. Take GoJet flight attendant Juanette Roache – when she’s not providing stellar customer service at 37,000 feet, she regularly volunteers at her local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, as well as mentors children through the Boys and Girls Club. Her community service led to an opportunity this spring to compete in the Mrs. North Carolina pageant, where she was named the first runner up and received the People’s Choice Award.
Competing in such a high-profile pageant was a personal victory of sorts for Mrs. Roache, who has struggled with shyness since she was a child. She credits her experiences as a GoJet flight attendant with really helping her come out of her shell. “I was kind of shy growing up. As a flight attendant, you meet so many different people each day, so it actually kind of opened me up to working with others.”
Juanette began her career with GoJet during the spring of 2015. When asked what she likes best about her job, she replied, “There is always something new every day, and the people I work with make GoJet feel like a family.”
Based in Raleigh, Juanette has lived in eastern North Carolina since she was in high school. “My father is a former Marine, so we moved around a lot. But I call North Carolina home.” She received her degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University, with an emphasis in pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, and originally planned to attend pharmacy school. She was struggling to find a career in her field when she saw a posting for GoJet on a flight attendant career site. “I applied because I love to travel, and I love meeting new people,” she explains.
The Mrs. North Carolina pageant wasn’t Juanette’s first experience with the pageant scene. “I competed in one pageant in Hawaii when I was younger, but I really started when I was 22-years old.” Juanette competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant in the past, but was approached by one of the directors of the Mrs. International system to compete as a married woman, after noticing her participation in community service on Facebook. “Competing in this particular pageant was a very positive experience to be a role model to young girls, especially among so many other accomplished women across the state.”
Juanette says that there are a lot of similarities between her pageant experiences and being a flight attendant. “You have to be both personable and relatable, but also willing to work hard. You’re not being micromanaged in either, so you need to do your best so that you can provide a positive impact. With a pageant, that impact is community service. As a flight attendant, my impact is providing a safe, quality and satisfying travel experience.”
We are inspired by Juanette’s commitment to positive outreach and are proud that she has chosen to share her talents with us! Juanette plans to pursue the Mrs. North Carolina crown again next year, and her entire GoJet family will be cheering her on!