AGE: stopped counting years ago.
OCCUPATION: Child and family psychologist, retired
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in New York City, raised and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Being president of the League of Women Voters-South County, and, now that the election is over, working to increase league membership and developing interesting and informative programs for the public.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Contributing to the activities of the Friends of the Westerly Library, the YMCA Garden Club, the Friends of the United Theatre and the Artist's Cooperative Gallery of Westerly; tending my flower garden, learning new photographic techniques, going to contemporary plays and art museum openings, and visiting family scattered around the country.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have professional and personal proudest accomplishments and topping the list is having managed to balance the two. Professionally, I was president and legislative chair of the CT Psychological Association, and worked for a US Senator on healthcare legislation. On the personal front, I have celebrated 53 years of marriage to my best friend and partner in life, and together we raised two daughters who are in the midst of their own significant accomplishments.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: For being a loving, empathic, and supportive wife, mother and grandmother, and professionally for helping ease the struggles and hurt of the adults, children and families I had the privilege of treating.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Visiting Odessa, Ukraine, where my father was born.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Taller.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My mother and father who instilled in me a love of lifelong learning and the courage to stand up for one’s principles. They were role models for adherence to one’s values and fact based information, a commitment to democratic principles and social justice, a co-equal marriage, and to the importance of family and friends. But perhaps most important, they repeatedly gave me the message that I would be successful at whatever I decided to pursue.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Too many authors and playwrights to pick one.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: Sally McMillen’s “Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement,” Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West”, Daniel Silva’s “The Other Woman”, and John Grisham’s “The Reckoning”.
I AM LISTENING TO: NPR and WBLQ.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “A Star is Born”.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Madame Secretary” and “House of Cards” are tied for favorite.
FAVORITE SONG: Too many to list but I like folk music from the 60s especially Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chocolate.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Integrity, honesty, humility, empathy
PET PEEVE: When people don’t follow through on commitments they have made.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its’ the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: I love looking out over the ocean with its endless horizon and the hypnotizing sound of the surf.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Chocolate.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I love handmade silver jewelry.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Order rapid conversion to non-fossil fuel energy sources across the planet; provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, universal healthcare and education to all; promote social justice, and work to eliminate gun violence, violence against women, and war.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Set up trust funds for my four grandchildren and set up a foundation to promote civic education and democratic principles.
I DRIVE A: 2003 Silver Toyota Camry
I WISH I DROVE A: A driverless pod that goes on land, air and sea.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Blueberries and chocolate ice cream.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Marie Curie, Esraa Abdel Fattah, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Golda Meir, Toni Morrison, J.K. Rowlings, Margaret Sanger, and Harriet Tubman.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro