Hometown: Brookline, MA by way of Portland, ME, after an initial launch from Rochester, NY (explains my accent)
I live with: My husband Jeffrey, a neuroscientist. Since I never made it past 9th grade biology my ability to understand his work is a real testament to his ability to make complex ideas accessible to lay people.
Tell us about the work you do. How did you wind up here? I am a healthcare real estate consultant. I specialize in guiding and assisting healthcare organizations in the use of real estate to deliver healthcare services.
How did you get here? When hospitals began to morph into healthcare “networks” they started venturing off of their original hospital campuses. The hospital execs knew how to negotiate insurance contracts, but nothing about real estate markets. I had financed a number of medical office buildings in an earlier career with a large insurance company, and was able to step-in and act as hospitals’ fee for service business agent as they began leasing and purchasing real estate.
What did you want to be when you were a little kid? Astronaut. How does that play into the work you do now? Not at all.
What problems do you solve for your clients? I work a lot on bringing order, discipline and a rational approach to dealing with real estate portfolios. These portfolios are frequently an accumulation of sites which came along with acquired practices, and they frequently don’t satisfy any forward looking business plans.
Tell us the best part of what you do. I get a lot of satisfaction from filling gaps in people’s knowledge about a property ( “What – you don’t know anything about that 2004 lease amendment?”) and creating action plans.
Who’s your role model? My 96 year old mother – she retired for the second time at 90, and is generally what is referred to as a “strong woman.”
Where’s your favorite place to relax? the Berkshires.
Tell us a favorite accomplishment. My two children – both fully launched. Hmm, I guess you could say they both represent fully implemented action plans!