Have you been a volunteer, served on a board of directors, or contributed to other community organizations that you’re passionate about? If so, please share it here.
I work as a mental health counselor in the community with a specialty in supporting people with addictions. I absolutely love this work and I'm very lucky to have two jobs that I'm very passionate about.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mathematician or an actress. I ended up a musician and a therapist, which is a fair mix of the two. Apparently, I really like counting and understanding people's motivations.
In my free time, you can usually find me...
Getting into hijinx with my son, studying a language, dancing, pruning my legion of plants, scheming a trip out of country or enjoying all the treasures of Portland.
What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?
First rehearsal after the pandemic pause felt like being wrapped up in a warm blanket of sound by dear friends.
What's your favorite Portland coffee shop, brewery, cidery, or winery?
We have amazing coffee so it's hard to choose, but Caffe Vita and Coava are two of my favorites.
Do you have hike/park/scenic view in Oregon that inspires you?
Walking around neighborhoods with old trees with a friend in the fall is one of my favorite Portland activities. The Japanese Garden is also a serene treat any time of year.
What's your favorite season in Portland/why?
Fall, always. A cool breeze and a giant leaf in my face never ceases to delight me.
Do you have a favorite local visual artist/musician/filmmaker/performer that you think everyone should know about?
We have so many wonderful artists here! I can't choose one but I can say Portland Open Studios is one of my favorite events in any city I've lived in.
What's your favorite bike path/greenway/route in Portland?
The one behind my house :-)
What is the most interesting/unusual job you've ever had?
Opera singer is the one that usually flags as the most unusual! Another one was when I worked at a building conservation/preservation firm in NYC, it was a world completely outside of music and always fascinating to me.