AGE: Not nearly as young as I used to be, but old enough to receive a “Senior Discount” on Amtrak!
OCCUPATION: Senior mortgage officer, Westerly Community Credit Union.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born at the Westerly Hospital, grew up in Hope Valley and moved to Westerly in my 20s.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Reading my Rotary Club’s (Chariho Rotary Club) financial reports, minutes and agenda for tonight’s board of director’s meeting.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: At the gym (one or all of the three I belong to —ha!) and also with my family. Oh, and a little shopping (in case I see something!).
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My children, Jason and Mandi.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My role as “mother” during my sibling’s childhood.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel to Tuscany (especially on a bike tour of the countryside).
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Hair elastic (actually always on my wrist).
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Gym teacher.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Rachel McLish, a female bodybuilding champion.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: James Patterson.
BOOK ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Eden” by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, a fictional story about a family and their summer home in Watch Hill.
I AM LISTENING TO: “The Today Show.”
FAVORITE MOVIES: “Falling in Love,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Unfaithful” and “Dirty Dancing.”
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Home Alone” … again!
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Golden Girls.”
FAVORITE SONG: John Mellencamp’s “Cherry Bomb” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.”
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chocolate and chicken piccata.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty and sincerity.
PET PEEVE: Misspellings and grammatical errors.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: Only I can change my life — no one can do it for me. Do not take life too seriously — you’ll never get out of it alive.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Watch Hill, especially The Ocean House, and our beautiful beaches.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My cellphone, communication … and also, my high heeled shoes.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I have competed and placed in an all natural bodybuilding competition, several biathlons and century rides’ 100-mile bicycle tours.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: When you get knocked down, get up again.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Keep trying, hold on, and always believe in yourself.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make certain that everyone has a safe home and doesn’t go to bed hungry.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Make certain my children and family are financially provided for and donate enough money to assist in the eradication of polio in the world.
I DRIVE A: Red 2013 Volkswagen Eos.
I WISH I DROVE A: In the summer, a new red BMW Convertible. In the winter, a 4WD vehicle (my Eos is terrible in the snow).
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Greek yogurt, cheese and broccoli — and perhaps a little wine!
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Ellen DeGeneres … I love watching her show and listening to her wit!
Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro