Professional background in Marketing and Design. Currently owner of retail pet boutique in Providence RI called "Plaid & Stripe PetShop" which started four years ago and which will be in the black for the first time in October. Middle of the road politically: worked for the Obama campaign but have been saddened by the compromises he has had to make in order to govern in this politically charged and economically challenging time. Support progressive causes and in my free time (what free time?) I write songs and play and sing a bluegrass group.