Growing up in a family of seven, sister to Justin Whelan, Roberta figured out how to survive. She received a full swimming scholarship from Cleveland State University and graduated in 1982 with a BA degree. Soon after graduating, she moved with the Olga Co. to Texas as a sales representative. Being a military wife, she moved all over the United States and overseas. She has a son and daughter who are both married and live here. Roberta has worked at Nordstrom for the last ten years, where she has focused on serving the customer needs. In her free time, she loves travel, scuba diving, tennis, swimming, and bridge.