Here to brighten up what has proven to be a dreary October in Pittsburgh is our Elf of the Month, Senior Account Manager Michelle Riches.
Michelle, a University of Pittsburgh Professional Writing alumnus, came to Community Elf after a year of working with children as a teacher at Gymboree. Whether she’s wrangling kids or her team of Elves, you can tell that she takes pride in what she does and that she’s great at it. As kind as she is funny, Michelle is a natural leader and has proven herself as an invaluable part of the team. Her wit is unrivaled, her spirit unflinching, and her energy seemingly endless. Little known fact: She attempts to include at least one pun or joke in every blog she writes for her clients (where appropriate of course). (Editor’s Note: Exhibit A.)
When not Elfing around, Michelle is a part of numerous improv troupes and performances throughout the city. She is also a vocal rat enthusiast, caring for her babies as if they were her own children (Editor’s Note: See photo for evidence. She truly loves her rats).
A few more interesting facts about Michelle: she is an incredible singer and ukulele player, she can write a blog about cars in her sleep, and she created the hilarious Twitter account @carcartips (Editor’s Note: Michelle actually knew very little about cars prior to her tenure at Community Elf. Four automotive clients and countless hours of research later, she is now the resident Car Elf.). She was also a vegan for a significant period of time, and she was one of the founding members of the award-winning Pitt acapella group, C Flat Run.
I’ll let Michelle take it from here!
Name: Michelle Riches
Why did you want to be an Elf?: To write, work with wonderful people in an exciting industry, and to deliver toys to children (Editor’s Note: Although Michelle is aware that we aren’t that kind of elf, though we do have an annual toy drive for Children’s Hospital, she remains optimistic that we’ll pivot in that direction at some point...).
The thing you are most passionate about?: Singing and performing music! Both rehearsed and improvised.
Favorite Twitter account to follow: We Rate Dogs ---> @dog_rates
Favorite blog you’ve read recently: Too many come to mind, but I feel this represents me best: "31 Days of Feminist Horror Films"
Coolest place you've ever been: The beautiful community of Èze, France
One thing you could eat every day: White Cheddar Cheez-Its all day erry day.
One song you could listen to on endless repeat: First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
Coffee, tea, or other?: Coffee is my one true love.
Best social campaign you’ve seen recently: How Hillary Clinton's team was able to turn "Nasty Woman" into a rallying cry. Does that count?
What’s your spirit animal?: A rat, obviously. (Editor’s Note: She believes this so much that she actually came to the office as a rat for Halloween last year!)
Who do you hope to be in 5 years?: Daenerys Targaryen. (Editor’s Note: “Mother of Rats” perhaps?)
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: How each neighborhood feels like its own unique city.
Best costume you've ever dressed up as: My Frida Kahlo costume last year was on point.
What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?: My mom. Oddly enough, I think I'm getting there :-P
Weirdest Thing You've Ever Purchased: A bucket of fake blood.
Pierogies or Primantis?: Pierogies all the way.
First thing you’d do if you won the lottery: Pay off the student debt of my family and best friends. And probs bring them all to Hawaii. (Editor’s Note: Hey, Michelle, I’d like to be included in that Hawaii trip… Just sayin’.)
Biggest fear: The zombie apocalypse. But believe me, I'm prepared.