BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Nebraska, grew up in California, lived in Houston, and now we are in the perfect place at last, enjoying this beautiful coastline.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Helping the Westerly Library and Wilcox park with 125th anniversary celebrations and getting ready for the summertime weddings of our two sons.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Running, kickboxing and drinking a glass of wine with friends.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Professionally, raising millions of dollars for HIV/Aids and leading a national nonprofit program that taught a quarter of a million kids how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Personally: raising four amazing children who are active in their churches, their communities, and with social justice issues.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Loving people, loving God and working for things that make a difference.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Running my first full marathon in October.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My phone and my lipstick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A veterinarian. I changed courses and studied business instead, but there is a part of me that has to stop and kiss a puppy every time I see one.
EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Being one of the first Americans in Albania when the Berlin Wall came down, and my work with the Untouchables in India. Seeing people at the rawest parts of existence.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Eugene H. Peterson.
I AM READING: I just finished reading “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult, and I can’t wait to discuss it with my girlfriends.
I AM LISTENING TO: “West Wing” podcasts.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: I just saw “Lion” and I loved it ... I think everyone should see it. I love Dev Patel.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: The “NCIS” shows. Recently we’ve gotten into “The Great British Baking Show.”
FAVORITE PET: Our Boston terrier, Bullseye. She’s blind and beautiful.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chocolate.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: A lot. It’s a great way to see what people are up to.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness.
PET PEEVE: Rudeness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechner.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: My church, the ocean, Chapel in the Pines, and the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Coffee and my family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME: I have never slept in past 7 a.m. one day in my whole life. And, my parents used to say that I had three sets of friends because I wore them all out.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Was from my dad who told me; “You can do anything.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Explore every bit of where you live ... and take a friend with you.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Seek out people who value social justice issues and pray.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Give it all away ... anonymously ... after I buy a French bulldog puppy.
I DRIVE A: Black 2016 Subaru we bought at Valenti when we first moved to town.
I WISH I DROVE A: I’m happy with my Subaru although I do miss my red VW Bug convertible.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: My homemade salsa, Dunns Corners Market grilled chicken, a bottle of chilled, dry rosé, and fresh fruits and veggies.
IF I COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH A FEW SPECIAL PEOPLE, I WOULD INVITE: Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Elton John, and Prince Harry.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro