OCCUPATION: Branch director, Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch, Ocean Community YMCA.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Guilford, Conn.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Lunch.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Laughing as much as possible.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: When I turned 25, I packed up my ’93 Maxima, grabbed a box of Cheerios and left Guilford for Syracuse, N.Y. It was a total leap, I didn’t have a job lined up, and I only knew one person in the area (who lived an hour away). I got a part-time job as a gym monitor at a YMCA that had just opened. I remember not having the gas to visit my friend AND get to work in the same week — it was definitely a learning experience. I was able to work my way up to sports director in a few months, and that’s how I started my Y career.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Always trying to do the right thing, even if it’s not the popular thing.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Road-tripping the U.S.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A pen.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect and draw big plans and designs like the dad on the Brady Bunch. Every summer job I ever had has been in coaching, camp, recreation, or sports. The Y has always been a perfect fit.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My first major influence outside of my family was my high school basketball coach. I still drop “coach lines” all the time!
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Beverly Cleary.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Ted Williams, My Father: A Memoir,” by Claudia Williams, and “Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White.
I AM LISTENING TO: My playlist shamelessly holds onto anything from the ’90s.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “The American President.”
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Friends,” “Frasier,” “Mad Men,” are all recent binges. If someone would just bring back “Beverly Hills, 90210” … more shameless ’90s plugs.
FAVORITE SONG: “You Move Me” by Garth Brooks.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chicken. Always chicken.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Loyalty.
PET PEEVE: Disloyalty.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “People with good intentions make promises. People with character keep them.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Shoreline breezes (in Syracuse the wind’s either 0 mph or 20 mph, there’s no happy medium).
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Family and friends.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was one of the YMCA “Rookies of the Year” in New York in 2006.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: You either get better, or you get worse. You never stay the same.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Don’t use 30 words when three will do.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: We’d spend a lot more of our resources keeping folks fed, happy, and healthy.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: My dad just survived his second bout with Stage 4 cancer, so, I’d buy him the hot dog shack he’s always wanted to operate, and then I’d stick my dream chicken wing hut right next to it. Dogs and wings for everyone!
I DRIVE A: Black 2017 Subaru Impreza.
I WISH I DROVE A: I’m not a big “car envy” person. The Subaru was the first new car I’ve ever bought.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Seltzer. And banana peppers.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: I’d like to host one of the Christmas dinners we used to have at my grandparents’ house when I was younger. They’re gone now, but everyone at that table would have a great time catching up.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro