Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Rhode Island? 

Keri: I was born in Massachusetts and my family and I moved to Rhode Island my last year of primary school. I attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and spent several years living up and down the East Coast and travelling before I settled back to Lil’ Rhody.  We chose to move back close to family to raise our son in the lovely South Kingstown. 

Child(ren) and Age(s)? Jay Jr he is 6 and he keeps us running! They are the loves of my life!

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…

I am a huge loner and I spend a lot of time in silence. Well at least my mouth is silent. I work from home and balance raising my son and everything else in life on a daily basis, so I spend a good bit of time in my head keeping it all organized and working my strategy. 

Favorite local things to do in Rhode Island?

Visit the Fantastic Umbrella factory! In the summer it is loaded with amazing flowers, fun shops, you get to feed the chickens and hang with the emus. Plus the bamboo forest is fun to explore, what out for those stumps, they really can trip you up. Great food at the cafe and just all around relaxing atmosphere. I love the little shops and I can always find the best earings there.  

Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?

I am not sure I am good at shortcuts…. I cannot think of one….. I imagine I had more when my son was younger, but his dad was the stay at home parent at that time. My best shortcut now that I am the stay at home is teaching him to do things on his own 🙂

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!

I am the Revenue officer for a startup company that provides technology solutions for the fine art market. I embody the true spirit of a mompreneur. Success drives me, money excites me and this opportunity is going to build my career in a phenomenal way. I also run my own consulting services for business development, which is how I landed the startup opportunity. Sprinkle in volunteering for my son’s school and trying to be a part of the local community with a sprinkle of time for friends, I feel like your average mom 🙂 

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now? (Ps this means like the Rhode Island neighborhood community).

They say it takes a village, and this couldn’t be more true. Without the community of women I’ve built around me, I don’t think I’d still be sane! No one’s there to help quicker than another fellow mama and I’ve found such a solid base of women in Rhode Island, always there to encourage me, build me up, and offer help when needed.

 

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