OCCUPATION: Sommelier and manager of Olympia Tea Room, owner of WH2O.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Westerly.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Opening the Olympia and WH2O for the season and helping to raise awareness and donations for Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Traveling with my husband, Eric.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being certified as a sommelier by the Court of Masters and opening our own business in Watch Hill, WH2O.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being hardworking.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: The hike to Machu Picchu in Peru.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Six months of the year my corkscrew, the other six months. my cellphone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A marine biologist ... but I am deathly afraid of sharks so it didn’t work out.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My mother, Marcia, she is the hardest working person I know, and my sister Jaffa Coen, she is the bravest person I know.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: I love to read but I don’t have a favorite author. My favorite book is “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.
I AM READING: The news ... I am obsessed right now.
I AM LISTENING TO: Leon Bridges.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Meet Joe Black.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Game of Thrones.”
FAVORITE PET: Our goldendoodle, Bogey.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chicken and dumplings
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: I am old enough to remember life without it and young enough to depend on it entirely too much.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Gossip.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “There are two types of pain. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Honestly, the Olympia. I grew up in the restaurant, it’s what I know. It’s home. ... and I love the ocean.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My husband, my family, and caffeine.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: The winter after I graduated from college I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile for a few months.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Keep it real.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Provide quality education to everyone; knowledge is power.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Head to the airport.
I DRIVE A: White 2009 Nissan Altima.
I WISH I DROVE A: 1950 Ford F100 pickup.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Champagne.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE:
Thomas Jefferson. We could talk both wine and politics … but only if my family were there, it would just be a lot more fun that way.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro.