OCCUPATION: President, Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association and history teacher, Grades 7 and 8
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Watch Hill and New York City.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Overseeing the running of the lighthouse for the summer season and extending our gratitude for the incredible show of community support at our recent spectacular benefit evening co-hosted with The Watch Hill Conservancy.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Going on long runs throughout Westerly and Watch Hill.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Overseeing the successful restoration of the Lighthouse property after the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — and raising two amazing daughters!
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Heightening the awareness of the significance of the Watch Hill Light to the historical development of Westerly and expanding its educational reach.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Taking my husband on an extended trip throughout Italy.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My phone, I must admit!
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A teachero
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My high school American History teacher and my college thesis advisor — both incredibly insightful women who made me want to be in the classroom, too, and who led me to fall in love with historical research.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Jonathan Kellerman: His psychological mystery thrillers provide excellent escape!
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “God, War and Providence,” a history of early Rhode Island by James A. Warren, and “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” by Caroline Fraser.
I AM LISTENING TO: U2
FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Sound of Music,” too many times to count!
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “House Hunters.” Somewhat addicting, I confess…
FAVORITE SONG: “Where the Streets Have No Name,” by U2.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook. That’s it!
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Loyalty.
PET PEEVE: When things are done behind one’s back.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient... Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith…” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “Gift from the Sea.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The Watch Hill Lighthouse, of course! And East Beach and Napatree Point in the winter. Stunning!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family, my friends and my faith.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I am the eldest in a family of many sisters!
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: To TRUST that things really do work out in the end.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: To my girls, the same: to simply TRUST.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Work to ensure the passage and protection of laws providing equal civil and human rights to all people.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Establish a foundation to support further research into skin cancer, which has affected my family.
I DRIVE A: Silver-gray 2014 Nissan Rogue.
I WISH I DROVE A: A convertible of some kind or another!
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Chobani yogurt and milk.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Roger Williams, Ninigret, sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett tribes, and Jonathan Nash, our first lighthouse keeper. I would love to hear from these three men about our community in its earliest historical periods.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro