AGE: 45.

OCCUPATION: Mom and business manager for Grey Sail Brewing Co.; chairman of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.


BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, raised in Bergen County, N.J.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Balancing kids at home, kids at college, and a growing business.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Watching my children in whatever sport or activity they’re engaged in. This season it is Westerly tennis, Westerly volleyball and the Syracuse University marching band.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Starting and growing Grey Sail Brewing, Tap Room and now the Distillery. I was able to help my husband, Alan, realize his dream, and that has meant the world to me.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good wife, mom, and friend and being generous in our community.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Traveling through the United States and Europe with Alan once ALL our children are off to college — we have a few years to plan.

I ALWAYS CARRY: Sunglasses (usually on the top of my head).

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A lawyer … but at career day at my all-girls high school, we were told that “girls don’t study engineering.” I changed my mind that day. I graduated from Rutgers Engineering.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My daughters and Sister Claude, my sophomore English teacher.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: My book club will tell you that I am not a literary buff. I read what I am told we are reading. I recently read, and enjoyed, “The Patron Saint of Liars” by Ann Patchett and “Finding Mrs. Ford” by Deborah Royce (you have to read the works of a local author).

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “The Soul of Central New York: Syracuse Stories” by Sean Kirst. I am trying to learn more about the city my son will call home for the next 4 years; Smithsonian Magazine; “Finding Mrs. Ford.”

I AM LISTENING TO: Local news.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Miracle on 34th Street.” (I watch it every Thanksgiving.)

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Remember the Titans.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “This Is Us” and “Friends.” (Sometimes you just need to watch mindless reruns.)

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: Anything non-political.

FAVORITE SONG/GENRE OF MUSIC: Any Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel song.


SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: I don’t. I talk with my friends, I visit with my friends. I am not a fan of socializing via technology.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Accountability, humility, kindness, honesty and generosity.

PET PEEVES: People thinking rules don’t apply to them; adults being mean; putting dirty laundry in the basket inside-out; grammatical errors.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “It is what it is.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: We truly have it all ... the beach, preserved land, farmland, golf courses, a great downtown, shops and restaurants, a real community, history, and a brewery (can’t forget that). And other than on a few beautiful beach days, we have no traffic.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Coffee, all day long.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I tear up every time I hear “The Star Spangled Banner.”

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: You can be wrong, but don’t be ignorant.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it well.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Want everyone, everywhere, to live without fear.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Get every homeless family in the Westerly School District into a home.

I DRIVE A: Gray 2013 Honda Odyssey.

I WISH I DROVE A: Navy Blue Audi A7 (but then no one would recognize me).

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Seltzer water.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Aunt Vincenza and Uncle Jack, Theodor Geisel, Henry David Thoreau, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and Prophet Muhammad — the conversation would be endless and enlightening. No one would have a cell phone at the table. I would hope they would each bring a friend.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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