AGE: Old enough not to answer that question.
OCCUPATION: Westerly YMCA Reach & Rise Program director
RESIDENCE: Masons Island
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Iowa. Yes, it happens. I did it and lived to tell about it. It is a great place to grow up!
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Learning my new job, growing my first vegetable garden and helping my daughter get launched after college graduation.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Picnics on the beach or on the water!
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising my two children.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Changing people’s lives.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Visiting Vietnam.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Ideas about fun things to do.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A war correspondent.
PERSON WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My best friend, Nancy, who was 20 years older than I and held the wisdom of the ages. I had the privilege of her friendship for 30 years.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: E. B. White.
I AM READING: “The Underground Railroad,” a novel by Colson Whitehead.
I AM LISTENING TO: New Yorker podcasts and Van Morrison.
FAVORITE MOVIE OR LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Big Sick.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
FAVORITE PET: I have two small 15-year-old dogs, and a kitten named Edith.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Ice cream.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Too much.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Self-involved people.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Drop your oars. There is nothing you want upriver.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The water and the wonderful people here.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My friends and children.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I embroider and knit baby sweaters to relax.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Get out of Washington, D.C.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Dream big and make them happen. The only thing holding you back is you.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make life easier for everyone.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Relax.
I DRIVE A: 2016 white Crosstrek Subaru
I WISH I DROVE A: I prefer to walk.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Ice cream.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Michelle Obama.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro