What is it like to live, work, and play in the Roanoke Region of Virginia? See it through the eyes of some of the region’s young professionals in their own words.
Sydni Chernault was born and raised in Fussa, Japan. She made the move to Virginia for college and after graduation, “the mountains kept me.” She recently bought her first home in the region and plans to stay long term.
She works as the production lead at Eddy Alexander, an advertising agency in downtown Roanoke. “I love that I’m able to use my creative mind for different projects every week at work,” she said of her job. “It really keeps me on my toes.”
5 Questions with Sydni Chernault
What brought you here?
After graduating from Radford University, I found a summer internship in downtown Roanoke. That fall, they offered me a full-time position and I’ve been with the company ever since.
What’s your favorite part about living in the Roanoke Region?
I love the best of both worlds feel I get here. I have easy access to waterways, the greenway, and other fun outdoor activities and then I can head downtown for fine dining, great drinks, and trivia, and karaoke nights.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
When I’m not working, you can usually find me riding my bike up and down the greenway, floating the river when the weather is nice, or hiking up Mill Mountain snapping pics. I also love the downtown brewery scene.
Where’s your favorite outdoor spot in the region?
My favorite outdoor spot is Carvins Cove. The views are so beautiful there. It’s usually a nice, quiet place where you can go relax, have a picnic, read a book, and explore their 50+ miles of trails.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that you like to share as a conversation starter?
I have two baby sugar gliders that love new faces and crave attention. Some would call me a sugar momma!