Service to others is what drives Chandra Lewis.

Lewis is a case manager with Serco of Texas/Workforce Solutions. She connects the employer with the employee who will benefit the needs of the employer. She connects potential employees with additional skills and training that's required by an employer, and instills strong work ethics.

Lewis graduated from Alice High School in 1983 and has stayed in her home town of Alice to give back to her community.

"Muhammad Ali said it best, 'Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.,’” she said. "I give back to the community (through) my service, I am home grown and Alice proud.”

In honor of Black History Month, Lewis was showcased for the person she’s become through higher education and hard work.

"My parents stressed education as the key that would open many doors. I had the deep desire to be like a sponge and soak up as much as I could read and learn. There were days that I was a teacher and there were days I was a student,” she said. "With that being said, there are days that we can teach someone and days that we can learn from someone. That philosophy allowed me to want to teach my knowledge of my position as a Case Manager and to learn from the customers what could be done to help them achieve their goals, because deep down in my heart despite the barriers we all face, our dreams can become a living reality.”

Lewis keeps her head up by embracing her culture and how she contributes to a productive society.

"It allows an individual to learn and embrace diversity that educates us to the rich history that each culture which, is woven like a huge blanket to help warm the hearts of all human beings,” Lewis said.

Lewis isn’t done with improving herself. She is returning to pursue a master's degree in communication.