Wessler is proud to announce Michelle Everetts as our March Employee of the Month. Congratulations, Michelle! And thank you for your hard work and dedication. Below, we asked Michelle some questions so that we all could get to know her better.
What are your roles and responsibilities at Wessler?
Officially, I’m a CAD Tech; but being in a satellite office, I get to help out in a lot of different ways. Everything from office supplies to proofreading memos. But my heart is in providing graphics, especially maps, every which way for every purpose. You need a map? I’m your girl.
What does the "Wessler Way" mean to you?
It means having an amazing team of people a phone call away that know way more than I do on a variety of topics. And, in turn, providing them with whatever support I can offer.
What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned?
Still learning it: Take a breath. Use my filter.
Outside of work, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
I like crafting, I’m just not very good at finishing my projects. I have so many unfinished little projects around the house. The most looming one is a quilt I started about 5 years ago. In the summer I also like to play in the dirt. I’d say gardening, but I’m not that good at actually growing things. Once I regain some strength and stability, I want to start riding bikes again with my daughter and husband (we’ve got a great trail system in Fort Wayne).
You do a lot with Kiwanis...what is your favorite element of that?
It’s a local and global group of people who are passionate about serving others. Being around that and doing my part to help just fills a void for me. To learn more about the Fort Wayne Kiwanis Club, click here. To learn about Kiwanis International, click here.
You lived in Russia? What was that like?
I was pretty young, right out of high school, and I was there for seven months. One of my biggest personal takeaways from the experience was related to communication: If two people honestly want to communicate, they will, regardless of language or other barriers. I had some fabulous conversations with new friends, each of us only knowing a few words of the others’ language. I guess maybe that’s why one of my biggest pet peeves is a failure to communicate.
What is one of your favorite stories about your daughter?
Oh, which one to pick?!?! She’s our first and only child, and each day is a new story. We’re constantly amazed at the things she learns when we don’t know she’s listening, and are, of course, convinced she’s a genius, and going to be an artist AND an engineer of some kind. Right now she claims she’s going to visit the moon, but she’s not going to drive the spaceship, she’s going to fix it.
Your husband is a professional musician, and you keep a radio going in the office - what style of music do you like? Do you play anything?
Yes, my husband teaches Music Technology and plays mainly percussion, but I left singing and playing behind about 20 years ago. While I played a variety of band instruments in school, the bassoon was my love. Moment of honesty: I still get choked up when I hear a good bassoon riff. So if anyone has one they’d like to donate, I promise I’d put it to good use. Regarding what I listen to? Mostly current pop and classic rock.
If you could add any piece of technology to your job, what would it be?
It just happened – my dreams came true. We have a full-size color plotter!