As a former Corporal for the United States Marines, veteran Michelle D. Smith Lipsey successfully pursues a civilian career. Presently, Administrative Assistant to the Clerk of Court for the United State District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, this position reflects her accumulated wealth of experience, values and dedication to excellence. The Milwaukee native graduated from Riverside University High School in 1988 and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1989. Stationed with the 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group at Camp Pendleton, California, she served as a Supply Administration & Operations Clerk with the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code 3043 and completed active duty in 1993.
“The United States Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, Latin for Always Faithful, means a lot and I strive to reflect it daily. Being a Marine taught me the importance of loyalty, integrity and honor. There is a greater cause than my personal desires and wellbeing.
Shortcuts lead to substandard results. I learned to perform every task to the best of my ability and do it right the first time, because there may not be a second time.”
Her decorations include Rifle Marksman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Commendation and Certificate of Achievement.
After military life, Michelle went on to earn an Associate Degree in Accounting from Bryant and Stratton in 1996. From 1996 through 1997, she worked for the Marcus Corporation in the Accounting Division.
She advanced through different Milwaukee County departments, beginning with the Milwaukee County Child Support Enforcement Financial Division in 1997 to 2000 as account clerk; then to the Department of Health and Human Services Business Office from 2000 to 2005 as financial assistant; next to the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts Civil Division 2005 to 2006 as payroll clerk and to Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts Administrative Services as clerical specialist from 2006 to 2008.
In her present position at the United States Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Michelle maintains the Clerk of Court’s daily activities, schedules appointments, arranges meetings and coordinates travel and the monthly Naturalization Ceremonies with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, her responsibilities include processing attorney disciplinary actions, maintaining attorney disciplinary records and assisting in the operations, court services, finance and information technology departments.
Formerly married, she has four children Xavier Clark, Carlos Clark, Breanna Lipsey and Juanita Lipsey. Breanna, a Rufus King High School 2014 graduate, now pursues a military career as a Howard University freshman and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Marine Corps Option student in Washington, D.C. She received the 2014 Frederick C. Branch Marine Corps Leadership Scholarship. Michelle said, “I always wanted one of my children to become a Marine Officer, but I never thought it would be one of my daughters.”
Michelle recently made a healthy lifestyle change with her decision to reclaim the fitness she enjoyed in the Marine Corps. After years of weight gain challenges, she became an Independent Herbalife Distributor and health coach. “When I started this journey to lose weight, I had a moment of doubt, but then remembered that I spent thirteen weeks training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and earned the title United States Marine!”
An active Isom Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church member, Michelle serves as Missionary President. “I approach every situation in my life with an ‘I am going to give it my all’ attitude. I know I have held nothing back. I am willing to help in any way possible. There is no ‘I’ in team. Teamwork is required for dreams to work“