Michelle Woodworth came to Riverside in July 2014 as our Administrative Support Coordinator and quickly elevated the organization and synergy in our corporate office in Fort Collins. She is the first point of contact for Riverside visitors and callers, a role she says she loves. She is responsible for the daily administrative operations at headquarters and also provides invaluable support to the Business Development Operations team through bid monitoring, designing and producing marketing materials, and contributing to proposal development. Michelle moved from Miami to Fort Collins in 2008 to study sociology at Colorado State University, where she met her now-husband, Nathan. She is an avid hiker and spends most of her weekends outdoors or taking mountain drives.
- What three traits describe you?
Amicable, creative, efficient.
- What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked part time as a sign waver for a local pawn business a few months during college to make extra money during the summer. It was easy money, and I spent time outside listening to music on my headphones!
- What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I’d be a pastry chef. I grew up in Miami where there’s an abundance of Cuban bakeries, each filled with a variety of scrumptious sweet and savory pastries. I can vividly remember the smell of butter and caramelized sugar filling my nose, and it takes me to a happy place. I love food, and I’m meticulous in my work so it would be a great fit!
- Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)?
My husband, Nathan, and our two cats, Tiger Lilly and Strudel.
- Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I speak Spanish, Portuguese, and a little bit of Italian. I picked up Spanish and Portuguese at a young age, since my father is Cuban and my mother is Portuguese. I would frequently mix up words since the languages share so many similarities (my family jokingly called it Portuñol). I took three years of Italian in high school, and I’m pretty rusty, but I can order from an Italian menu like a boss.
- If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list?
Audrey Hepburn, Desmond Tutu, Carl Sagan, and Julia Child for a discussion on iconic fashion, global social rights, French cuisine, and the cosmos, of course.
- What kind of music do you listen to?
My favorite is Latin jazz – Bossa Nova and Afro-Cuban.
- You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they?
Buttered croissants, ham croquettes, and asparagus cooked in a white wine/garlic sauce.
- If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would live for a day during the late Cretaceous period. How else can I fulfill my dream of having a pet T-Rex?
- What trend would you like to see go away forever?
- If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Flight – so I can soar over beautiful landscapes and avoid horrid traffic.
- Tell us about your most unique travel experience.
I recently traveled to Portugal with my mother and husband. My mother was born and raised in a rural village in Portugal called Peral, located about 175 miles south of Lisbon. She moved to the United States in the 1960s. We visited her former home and walked through the streets of the village. It was amazing how so little had changed in the area. Some of her childhood friends still live there, and we visited with them. I was amazed by the beauty of the countryside, with rolling hills as far as the eye could see, 100+ year-old olive trees, orange groves, and fields of wildflowers. It was a special experience to share with my family.
- What’s on or in your nightstand?
A tall glass of water, a framed wedding photo of me and my husband, and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (a non-fiction book by Michael Pollan about how humans/omnivores are the most unselective eaters, and yet we are faced with a wide variety of food choices, resulting in a dilemma).
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Intentional tardiness. There is no such thing as “fashionably late.”
- If you could be on any TV game show, what would it be and why?
Cutthroat Kitchen. First and foremost, I love cooking! I think sabotaging my opponents and working creatively through challenges would be a thrilling and unique experience.
- Name a food item you wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
A century egg. That’s a preserved egg (ranging from several weeks to several months) in which the yolk becomes a dark green to grey color, with a creamy consistency and strong ammonia/sulfur flavor. I’m not making this up!
- Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?
Unintentionally, Dennis Rodman, at the Delano Beach Club in South Beach, Florida in 2008. His entourage approached my group of friends, and we talked for a few minutes.
- What’s an ability you wish you had?
To be a gifted and proficient piano player. It’s such a beautiful, elegant instrument. Never too late to start, right?
- If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?
A relaxation/meditation room with calming music, massage chairs, yoga mats, dim lighting, and incense.