FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Hanging out with friends.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Seeing kids who’ve been through my programs all grown up with families, and seeing all that they’ve accomplished.
WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being fair, honest and reliable.
TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST: To visit Australia.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My phone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Just like my mom.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My parents — my mother for teaching me to be patient and kind, and my father for teaching me to always have a sense of humor.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Nora Roberts. I’m a hopeless romantic!
LAST BOOK READ: “Whiskey Beach,” Nora Roberts.
FAVORITE SONG: Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason.”
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Armageddon.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Big Bang Theory.”
FAVORITE PET: Any kind of dog.
FAVORITE FOOD: My mother’s lasagna.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK: I check it frequently during the day.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Gossip.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The community, the families, the traditions.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My friends.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m actually very shy, but once I get to know someone, I can talk for hours.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED: Don’t take it personally; no matter how much you try, you will not please everyone.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Always give 100 percent.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: There are too many changes needed to list.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay off my mortgage.
I DRIVE: A Gray Honda Accord.
I WISH I DROVE: Anything as long as it’s paid for!
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Yogurt.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE: My dad. I would love to talk to him, to hear his opinions on how he thinks I’m doing, and to have that one last time to hear his voice and see his smile.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro