Things I’ve Done

  • worked for President Obama’s mentor
  • went dogsledding in Norway inside the Arctic Circle
  • volunteered to help ESL kids learn to read English
  • lived in France in 2008 as a Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to learn the culture and the language
  • won a college chemistry contest as a high school junior
  • bunge jumped
  • been trained in opposition research techniques by one of the nation’s premier political operatives
  • patrolled the Mississippi River during the Great Flood of 1993
  • worked on youth and education issues for the man who’s now the governor of my adopted state of Connecticut
  • was a bunny mom to Domus’ therapy rabbit, Hoppers
  • wrote speeches for (winning and losing) political candidates 
  • quilted with three generations of my mom’s family
  • helped a phenomenal nonprofit go from raising $0 annually in private funds to over $6M when I left
  • convinced PBS Turning Point documentary series producers to do a tremendously moving episode about my boss at Domus, Mike Duggan
  • was a school principal’s daughter
  • learned the Texas Two Step at a barn dance in the middle of nowhere on Spring Break
  • mentored a young woman for a decade
  • talked my way onto the roof of the Illinois State Capitol to view the 4th of July fireworks

Thanks to those experiences, I’m an empathetic listener and a creative problemsolver. Spending lots of time on Midwestern farms as a child means I’ve seen births and deaths. I was raised by a practical, determined Midwestern woman who randomly met and married an Italian from New Jersey. I’m impatient, never say never,