Abby Usry is a Character With Character

...because interesting people are more fun to work with


I am originally from Arlington, Texas and currently live in the city that never sees winter: Houston. I am patiently waiting to wear the other half of my wardrobe. When I’m not praying for colder weather, I am either celebrating or preparing for Foodie Fridays at the Kalypso Houston office. I love to cook, and have since I was a little girl. Back then, I didn’t like to ask for baking help and believed I could do it all by myself. Once, I realized I had switched the flour and baking soda portions in some sugar cookies, and ended up with two cups of baking soda in the cookies. Needless to say, I was then without sugar cookies and my mother without baking soda. Since then, I’ve learned a little about cooking and about myself. I now love to cook and bake for others, serving only cookies with the correct ingredients! In other news, I recently got engaged to the love of my life, John, and we are planning a wedding for early summer.

At any given time, what's in your refrigerator?

  • Cookie dough - because I always have some made to make cookies for people
  • Grapes (something healthy to even out the cookie dough)
  • Milk - because I always seem to be on the run and cereal is the quickest option

What are your travel must-haves?

  • Gum. Whether it’s traveling to the grocery store or Europe, I must have gum. I keep a bag of at least 20 packs of gum in my pantry. I have a small addiction.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste. When gum is not a choice because I have to sleep, clean teeth are a must have.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing all of my teeth. My main fear of this is falling down the stairs and hitting my teeth. I always walk down cautiously. I have no explanation for this fear other than that I love to cook and bake, and I’d like to eat those things with my teeth.

If you had a super power, which super power would you have and why?

Teleporting. I don’t enjoy traffic or waiting in lines. This would solve all problems and make traveling the world extremely cost effective.

When was a time you felt you could do anything?

I lived in Princeton, New Jersey for a semester with my sister and her family. One night, I hosted a game night with some Princeton students. We played Bananagrams and I beat them in a few rounds. Beating Princeton students at a crossword game was pretty empowering. 


Abby is an operations assistant. Hiring Characters with Character is one of Kalypso's core values - click here to learn more about our values and firm culture.

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