In the USST Spotlight: Michelle Roberts

Say hello to Michelle Roberts, our dedicated Client Liaison in North Florida.   Michelle is an expert when it comes to guiding our clients though the sometimes-challenging procurement process as well as assisting local utilities navigate communications with Florida government.

Having joined the USST team almost a year ago, we have come to know Michelle for her love of genealogy and enthusiasm to always take on a challenge.  She is a rare, native Floridian and parent to two cats, Lewis and Princess (who she says definitely lives up to her name).  Read on to learn some other surprising details about our team member.

Hometown:  Wakulla County.  I was ready to see the world as soon as I turned 18.  I appreciate growing up in Wakulla and having a small-town upbringing, but I prefer the city because I like the hustle and bustle that comes along with it.

Favorite Aspect of the Job:  I came from the world of petroleum and now I’m learning the world of wastewater.  This means that I am continuously learning a lot of things, and it’s very challenging, which I enjoy.

My Friends Would Describe Me As:  Funny, loyal, and trustworthy.

Lessons/Words From _____ That I Live By:  I decided 10-15 years ago that I’ve got 24-hours every day to get it right.  The “it” is broad because there’s your job, family, and friends to consider, and 24-hours in which to be a decent human being, and I try to succeed every day.

Favorite Movie/TV Show to Watch:  The Goonies.  It was the first movie I ever got to see on a VCR (which was a big deal back in the day).  It’s the adventure every kid wanted to have.

My Autobiography Would Be Called:  “Why are we still talking about this? I have to go snuggle my cats.”

First Job:  I started babysitting at 11-years old, but my first “real” job was as a Subway sandwich artist at 18-years old.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?  I don’t do karaoke.  Ever.

Hobbies:  I am very much into researching my genealogy and family history.  I also like to draw with oil pastels, although I’m super terrible at it, but I enjoy it very much because it’s messy.

#1 Place I’d Like to Visit:  Egypt.  I have always been fascinated with everything Egyptian.

What is your favorite pizza topping?  Olives, both green and black.  There can never be enough olives on a pizza.

If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?  Peas in a can.  They are disgusting.

One Surprising Thing About Me:  I have never been able to whistle.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time and why?  I would spend all of my time working on my family genealogy.  It’s fascinating and amazing how lost you can get working on it, and then you realize it’s been 12-hours since you last ate.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what activity would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?  Organizing.

One Song That Would Play Every Time I Entered a Room:  Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey.  I used to drive my mother crazy singing this song over and over because I knew she really hated it.

One Word That Describes My Dancing Ability:  Enthusiastic

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100-years?  Where can I get some mac ‘n cheese?

Favorite Snack:    Olives.

The Zombie Apocalypse is coming, who are 3 people you want on your team, real or fictional?  Wonder Woman, David (a friend of mine), and my sister, Erin.

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