How did you first connect with Calmer Choice and what’s been your involvement?
When I moved back to the Cape in 2016, I took yoga classes with Calmer Choice Instructor Sasa Christakis. Sasa introduced us to Calmer Choice. Subsequently, I contacted Annalise Mecham, the then-Development Manager, who added me to her list of contacts for event volunteers. A few months later, she asked me to manage the newsletter, which I did for about 3 years. I joined the board in August 2019.
Did you always want to practice law?
No. Prior to attending law school, I held a variety of jobs. I've worked at call centers and as an administrative assistant and a customer services representative. I've also done data entry.
In 2005, I obtained a Master of Arts in Communication from the State University of New York at Albany. In 2002, I graduated from Smith College with a degree in Philosophy.
What’s the most daring thing you have ever done?
Starting my own law practice. I have an amazing mentor, Martha Ramsey, for whom I worked for three years, and who has given me significant support in my endeavor.
What is something you love about yourself?
My commitment to mindfulness. I recently had the insight during my practice that you can't really love anything about yourself because self-love is unconditional and without qualification or description.
What would be your song at Karaoke night?
The Greatest by Sia
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Standing in line at Four Seas after a family beach walk.
How do you find moments of mindfulness during your day?
I pause and breathe whenever something difficult comes up.
How do you feel the Calmer Choice programming has benefited your community or your own life?
I volunteer for Calmer Choice because my own mindfulness practice has helped support me in times of severe stress. I would like for all children to have a chance to learn how to pause and breathe when they have difficult experiences. And because my mindfulness practice has been such a boon to me, I want to pay my blessings forward.