Michelle DiPinto is the new executive assistant to Associate State Director Jim Abbott. Michelle comes to us from Snap-On Tools, where she was the warehouse supervisor for the western region. The region covers California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada serving over 1,000 dealers. Prior to becoming the warehouse supervisor based in Sacramento, Michelle was an executive assistant in the Snap-On headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She transferred to Sacramento in October 2001 to be closer to family.
Michelle was born and raised in Sacramento. She left at age 22 to join the Navy, where she served for 11 years as an intelligence specialist in such places as Lowrey Air Force Base, Colorado, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland and the Joint Intelligence Operations Center in Naples, Italy during the Gulf War. She received the Navy Achievement Medal for her duty during Desert Storm. She also received the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal for service with the reserve program as an instructor.
She left the Navy to dedicate more time to her growing family, husband Lyndon Smith, 15-year old Everett,13-year old Elliott, and 3-year old daughter, Elaina. She enjoys gardening and camping with her family.
Michelle says she is very fortunate to have been selected for the position, "I am sure there were many, many qualified candidates. I am very thankful for being selected."