Minka Sibert, an Odessan native, has a long and distinguished history of supporting her community through many different efforts. Sibert is the second of seven children raised in Odessa, and graduated from Permian High School, where she then went on to attend Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
Minka is the Vice President for Cisco Equipment, a local company that has been servicing the Ector county region since 1978. Sibert has been with Cisco for more than 30 years, where both she and her husband, Scott Sibert, the owner of Cisco Equipment, have worked together to build a successful business which has expanded to the international market.
“Mrs. Sibert is instrumental in many aspects within our company,” said Alexandra Eriksen, accountant at Cisco Equipment. “She values her employees and repeatedly goes above and beyond her necessary commitments to ensure her employees are happy and enjoy their work environment.”
However, Sibert’s dedication and generosity extends far past her family and employees. In 2014, Sibert made the short list for the Nascar Foundation Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. She has a penchant for helping others, and her investment in this community is unmistakably evident. Sibert is active in many organizations such as United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Education Foundation, Permian Basin Rehab Center, St. Elizabeth, Bynum School and many more.
Although Sibert is highly involved in many local charities, her passion is to impact poverty and eliminate hunger. She was an active in the establishment of SHARE services Odessa, an organization that provides services to special needs children and their families, and a generous supporter for the West Texas Food Bank. Sibert is also a board member for the Food 2 Kids program, which targets food insecure children who might not eat between their school provided lunches.
“We are grateful to Minka Sibert for her deep love and commitment to the betterment of the Odessa community and the Permian Basin,” said Risse Rogers, executive director at Samaritan Counseling Center. “It is exceptional that someone as professional and involved with business as Minka, makes the time and effort to be devoted and purposeful in helping others.”
Minka’s hobbies include reading, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family. Sibert and her husband Scott have three children: Andrew DeWoody, professor at Purdue University; CJ Sibert, COO at Cisco Equipment; and Bradley Sibert, manager at Cisco Equipment in Lubbock. Minka and Scott have eight grandchildren and another due in March.