OCCUPATION: Health care administrator/ president & CEO, Wood River Health Services.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Pawtucket, raised mostly in East Providence/Riverside.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Always several dozen things but mostly trying to have a work-life balance and keep my priorities in the right place.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my husband, visiting with friends, trying new recipes, doing something outside, playing with my dogs, and the occasional book or movie.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I think time will tell ... but, the opening of our Wood River Health Services satellite location in Westerly on July 8 has been the dream of our board of directors for over a decade. I have only been in my position for nine months, but it was made clear to me that this was a priority for our organization and critical to achieving growth. The accomplishment was a real team effort on the part of all the WRHS staff – everyone pitched in and brought us over the finish line to achieve this dream so we can serve more patients. I am honored to be a part of it.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Nothing grandiose but rather being a good friend, a good wife, a good person.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Traveling to all the countries in Europe I have not seen.
I ALWAYS CARRY: Chapstick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A doctor.
MY HERO IS: My maternal grandmother, Sarah E. Pendlebury.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Charlotte Bronte, Chris Bohjalian, Jodi Picoult, Ken Follett.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: Currently Kamala Harris’ book, “The Truths We Hold."
I AM LISTENING TO: NPR on the drive to work, the Beatles channel on the drive home, and the occasional “This American Life” podcast.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Breakfast Club."
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "Yesterday."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "The Crown." (at the moment)
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: I mostly listen to news on the radio, so I’ll say NPR Morning Edition.
FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC: Alternative rock and anything by The Beatles.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Pizza.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Linked In.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Optimism, perseverance, dedication, discipline, commitment, sense of humor.
PET PEEVES: Leaving the lights on and dishes in the sink!
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Do your Job” Bill Belichick.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Our proximity to the ocean.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Our dogs, Brady, a 75-pound 6-year old Golden Doodle and Sadie, a 25-pound 4-year old Beagle mix rescue. (We also have two cats, Desmond and Molly. With the exception of Brady, all pets have names from Beatles songs. We made the exception for him to honor our devotion to the Patriots and the greatest quarterback of all time.)
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m a huge New England Patriots fan, and on the wait list for season tickets.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Don’t go looking for problems – they will find you.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Promote laws that ensure all people are treated equally regardless of age, race, gender, sexual preference.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay off the mortgage.
I DRIVE A: 2017 Red Honda Accord.
I WISH I DROVE A: Jet. I hate flying but would certainly help with traffic.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Hummus and veggies, seltzer water and diet coke.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Queen Elizabeth II of England
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro