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.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Pasta.
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