OCCUPATION: Board President of the Jonnycake Center in Westerly and self-employed lawyer.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Rhine River Valley, Germany.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Promoting all the great things the Jonnycake Center does for folks in Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Volunteering and Working.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I wish I could say my three awesome kids, Anne, Klara and Sebastian, but that was a team effort. Maybe graduating summa cum laude from law school as a middle-aged immigrant? Wait, that was a team effort, too.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Kindness and perseverance.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Having a job that brings me back and forth between here and Germany.
I ALWAYS CARRY: My cell phone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A nurse.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: Definitely my parents, Margot and Edzard Lübben. They were children during World War II and their tales of horror, survival, and compassion shaped me.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: John Irving.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Daddy Langbein," by Jean Webster, in German, a gift from my mom.
I AM LISTENING TO: My daily mix on Spotify.
FAVORITE MOVIE: "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Downton Abbey."
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: Don’t have one.
FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC: Pop and some country.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Spaghetti.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Integrity and conscientiousness.
PET PEEVES: Poor table manners.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “My life is my argument” Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The beaches off season and everything about downtown.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Something to do.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I worked as a costume designer for a local theater as a young adult. It was a constant struggle of sew and sob. I have never been under so much pressure. I quit after two seasons.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: It’s actually a commercial: Just do it.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: If you don’t know what to do, do something!
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Be overwhelmed.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Create an affordable housing co-op in Westerly.
I DRIVE AN: Orange 2009 Toyota Matrix
I WISH I DROVE A: Red 1988 Citroen 2CV, my first car.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Whole milk, I can’t drink my coffee black.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Michelle and Barack Obama and Deborah and Chuck Royce. I am always curious what motivates people.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro