Cierra Moehling smiles readily. Her smiling demeanor is an asset in her new job as a teller at Grand Rapids State Bank. And if you believe that you get what you give in life, then she’s receiving that friendliness back from coworkers and customers.
“What I really like about Grand Rapids State Bank is how friendly everyone is,” said Cierra. “I started working here on September 28, and I haven’t changed my opinion about that. My boss is also very understanding of my family situation, which makes working here a lot easier.”
Cierra grew up in Grand Rapids and attended school here until the 10th grade. At that time she transferred to the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena (45 miles west of Grand Rapids on US Highway 2).
Cierra’s first job after graduating from high school in 2011 was babysitting her aunt’s foster children. She comes from a family of four: an older sister and a younger brother and sister. “There was a lot of running around and always something going on in my family,” Cierra explained, “so taking care of my aunt’s kids—they were toddlers—was a piece of cake.”
Cierra’s next job was a personal care attendant at the Manor House in Grand Rapids where she worked in the memory care unit. Her job involved providing a wide range of services for the people coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s: bathing, administering medication, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and recordkeeping.
“This was a rewarding and challenging job at the same time,” said Cierra. “Some of the people didn’t have families, so being with them showed they were still loved and cared for. I would visit my residents even on my days off; we grew attached to people.”
The heartbreaks would come when some of the residents died, or when some residents in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s would display aggressive or violent behavior directed at whomever is nearby. “I developed connections with people, which can be hard when they don’t always recognize you from day to day.”
Cierra took a job as a teller at American Bank in Grand Rapids in 2014, but after a year there her friend Ana Noble, a GRSB teller, convinced her to apply for a job here.
Cierra is the mother of a three-year old son, Carson, and a one-year-old foster daughter she and her husband, Tyler, are hoping to adopt. When she’s not working, Cierra likes to bake with her son, hang out with her extended family, or do other things that young families do. They also have another family member, their four-year old boxer, Oakley, and the oldest “child.” “He’s a member of the family, but probably fatter than he should be because the kids and I feed him a bit too much.”
“I like working here, and I’d like to go back to school to pick up more skills I can use in my career,” said Cierra. “I’m just glad to be here.”