Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Cherie Fendley
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series of interviews with Management Council staff members. Cherie Fendley, PEBT Customer Support Associate with the Customer Services and Support team.
- What’s your favorite food?
Mexican, hands down, and not just because my Californian husband cooks it.
- Are you a morning lark or a night owl?
I would say that I’m a morning person rather than a night owl. Once I am awake, I am up for the day and seldom go back to sleep.
- What’s your favorite season?
I like them all. I’m particular to fall because I was born in October, right before Halloween. I also love winter because of white Christmases, but I only like the snow for the holidays then I am ready for nicer weather.
- In the summer, would you rather go to the beach or go camping?
Camping. We just bought a camper the Friday before all the restrictions came down about the pandemic. So, this year, we are making up loss time.
- Who’s the newest member of your family?
On my side, the newest member is my grandson, who will be six this June and is my first and only grandchild. On my husband’s side, our newest grandchild, is his Goddaughter’s daughter who will turn one this May. If you are talking furbabies, our Yorkie, Bullet, is five years old. His name fits him since he is fast like a bullet when he chases the other animals outside.
- Name one thing on your bucket list.
I would like to go to England, mainly to see my heritage, but also to say that I have been to another country and continent. My mother’s real father is honored with a remembrance plaque at the St. James the Great Church located at Greenstead Green in Essex, England. During a training mission, he came into a critical situation where it resulted in losing his life to save many men, women, and children in church attendance that morning. They considered him a hero.
- If you could have a career in anything, what would it be?
I’m already doing it. I’m working for the government. This has been my lifelong goal since I interned for a congressman in college for my master’s degree.
- What’s your favorite family tradition?
Definitely Christmas because my mom’s mom, my grandma, worked as head chef at Marathon Oil and catered private parties. She started us on traditions that will still carry on today such as baking/decorating cookies and making several different candies.
- Have you ever been to a family reunion?
My family has never had a family reunion that I can remember. I’ve only been to class reunions.
- Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately?
I would say I immediately get up. I’m a hop out of bed girl.
- What activity instantly calms you?
I would say spending time with family. Just being around my family because there’s no drama, stress, or secrets. Spending time with my family makes me feel so happy, calm, and secure.
- What’s the last experience that made you a stronger person?
My divorce made me a stronger person—remaining strong for my kids while I was struggling to keep it all together and bouncing back from it.
- What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Janitorial. I cleaned commercial offices and despised the restroom cleaning task since I do not use public restrooms, unless in the event of a dire emergency.
- What do you remember most about your first job?
It was at the cookie factory in McComb. I watched the cookie assembly line to make sure it did not get backed up.
- What career advice would you give to your younger self?
I would give myself the advice of always keep your faith, stay true to yourself, and be successful and live life before you start a family.
- What three traits define you?
Faith, honesty, and trustworthiness.
- What is your personal philosophy?
You NEVER fail because it’s always your First Attempt In Learning something new.
- Describe a win from the work you’ve done.
I get wins every day so I cannot really choose just one. The main win for me is helping people in any way during these tough times. Listening while they vent, activating a card, explaining something a different way or multiple times—whatever it is that they need at the time.
- How do you define success?
I would say that success is always trying your best no matter what the situation. As long as you tried to the very best of your abilities, you have succeeded.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
The people I work with in my team. We have great communication, give each other heads ups, look up information for each other, and much more. I’m very happy with where I’m at here in my government job. I really do love my job and am very grateful for this career opportunity.