OCCUPATION: Superintendent of the Westerly Public Schools.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Warwick.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: A very busy budget season and a major school building project.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my kids, fishing, skiing and riding my motorcycle.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My children, Marcus, Miles and Danielle. They are smart, funny, hardworking and kind.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Improving opportunities and outcomes for kids and leaving things better than I found them
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: I’ve yet to visit Europe and I look forward to that.
I ALWAYS CARRY: My phone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Still figuring that one out.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: The great teachers I’ve had and worked with.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Hemingway, Salinger, H. S. Thompson, Doris Kearns-Goodwin, David McCullogh.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Sapiens; A Brief history of Humankind," by Yuval Noah Harari.
I AM LISTENING TO: Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, the Stones, the Ramones. I listen to a lot of different things.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "The Green Book."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I probably spend too much time watching sports.
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: I like Little Steven’s "Underground Garage."
FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Classic Rock.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: A big plate of pasta.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: I use Twitter quite a bit.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Intellectual honesty, hard work, compassion.
PET PEEVES: Excuse-making, pettiness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: There are a number, but “I know words. I have the best words” is a keeper.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Great arts, great restaurants, great kids.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My kids are the most important thing to me.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was a professional musician for many years before becoming an administrator.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Get it in writing.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Don’t take it personal, don’t make it personal.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Upgrade my cable package.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay off both of my son’s college loans.
I DRIVE A: Gray 2018 Ford Focus.
I WISH I DROVE A: I’m not that picky ... as long as it fits my skis and my fishing gear.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Eggs, milk, something with green growing on it ... nothing remarkable.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: The family and friends who have passed ahead of me. I’d love to see them again. Maybe someday.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro