AGE: 64

OCCUPATION: Executive director, Literacy Volunteers of Washington County.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN:  Born in Passaic, N.J., grew up in Garfield and Clifton, N.J., Lived in Westchester County, New York City, and Phoenix, Ariz., before settling in Westerly 30 years ago. 

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Working on our June fundraisers at LVWC – Links for Literacy on June 17 and the annual Joyce S. Ahern Summer Speaker Series, featuring Deborah Royce in conversation with Torey Malatia, on June 30 — and getting my gardens in order.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Spending time with family and friends, especially new grandson Miles, reading, walking, gardening, painting, traveling.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising my two children — Carolyn and Glenn — along with my husband, Tom. I’m also proud of the work I’ve done in publishing over the years, and now with Literacy Volunteers.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a person of openness, integrity, and laughter.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: No bucket list, but there are dozens of places I want to visit, beginning here in the USA.

I ALWAYS CARRY: My wallet.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A classical pianist.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My parents, my maternal grandmother, my Uncle Stacy, and numerous other mentors along the way.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: There are many, but I’d have to say reading J.R.R. Tolkien in high school was pivotal.

FAVORITE PET: Lucy, my white standard poodle who died last August, just shy of her 16th birthday.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe," by Michael Pye.

I AM LISTENING TO: Keith Jarrett Solo Concerts (1973.)

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "Amazing Grace," the documentary featuring Aretha Franklin which was shot during a 1972 two-night live concert recording session.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: "Game of Thrones," "Schitt’s Creek," "Frankie & Grace" and "How to Get Away with Murder."

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WBGO



FAVORITE MEAL/DISH TO PREPARE:  Kale or broccoli rabe, onions, garlic, and cannellini beans. 


TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty and a good sense of humor.

PET PEEVES: Oy! I can always find something to be annoyed about.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: "Consider the lilies, how they grow ..."

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The ocean, and Westerly’s easy accessibility to other places.


LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m a fan of all things medieval, especially the art and music of that period.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Everything worth doing is a risk.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: I try not to give advice unless someone specifically asks.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Build a board of advisors who would help me figure out a way to solve the economic and environmental problems of the world.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Establish a major foundation and distribute the money to all the causes I wish I could support now.

I DRIVE A: White 2013 BMW 328i.

I WISH I DROVE A: I’ve always liked cars that are small and zippy, so this one suits me fine.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Sparkling water and lemons.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD: Have a house concert with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith with 50 of our closest family members and friends in the audience.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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