Kaile: I grew up in Southern California, in a small town called Lake Arrowhead. We enjoyed the fun of lake in the summer – swimming, water skiing and long days at the beach; and the excitement of what snow – capped mountains brought in the winter – skiing, cozy days by the fire and snow days from school. I ventured to Connecticut at 17 years old for college, enjoyed time in Florence, Italy, during those years and upon graduation, lived mostly in the NYC Tribeca area. I moved to Greenwich in 2013, beginning on the Belle Haven Peninsula and now in the hamlet I call paradise, Old Greenwich.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Geralyn Grace (“GG”) is 4, turning 5 years old this November – hard to believe that time has passed so quickly and that I have a 5 year old! She is intelligent, strong, courageous, resilient, empathetic, kind, curious and deeply affectionate. Her strength is inspiring, I truly respect her and love watching her flourish each day as this beautiful soul. She loves to lay down in bed together, once her little brother goes to bed, and talk, just her and me. She could go on for hours, and I could let her….I cherish every little one of those tender moments with her.
Colton (“Colty”) turned 3 years old in May. He has a laugh that is to die for, brightens each day with that smile, is sweet, kind hearted, loves people, sensitive, loving and is deliciously playful. He is an example, to me, of how to live life. I love to study him, and learn so much from him each and every day. We have a soulful connection, and one that I deeply cherish. He is gift and has changed the way I look at life.
I never imagined that I would be blessed with two children as wonderful as Geralyn and Colt. I feel so lucky and honored to be their “mamma.”
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I work in the healthcare industry and have spent years managing commercial teams across many businesses lines, in complex, matrix organizations. I tend to be known as regimented, strategic, organized, goal oriented, love a good plan and very detailed in my approach……But, I have a creative side and enjoy making houses, homes and beautiful spaces to live in. I love interior design and all of the thrill that walking into a new space and seeing a transformation of that space in my mind brings. The visualization of rooms, décor, colors, furniture, functionality and the redesign of spaces, so that we can live the way we want to, in our homes, is so much fun for me.
Someone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
Thank you Auntie Pat Thacker and Erin Rooks for all your love and support! You are my rocks in life and I love you both so much.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
We love an adventure and enjoying exploring new things together. On a perfect day for us, we would wake up, make our famous chocolate chip bunny shaped pancakes, pack up the car and head somewhere new like the Natural History Museum in NYC, the Intrepid, Stone Barns, jump on the train to Philly or Boston, or do something new, like find a pottery shop and make something fun together. I love being with them and feel like there is nothing more special than the looks on their faces when they discover something new that impacts them. It’s so fun watching them learn and grow. The memories are priceless and indelibly imprinted for each of us – It’s amazing what they remember at such young ages.
Each day is special to us and we really do make all we can out of them!
You have put your heart into bringing Ovarian Cancer Awareness to Greenwich. Please share how important it is to educate our community of busy moms!
My mom was diagnosed at 40 years old, with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer, I was 13 years old. She was a beautiful soul, had a smile that would light up a room, she loved people, was a wonderful mother and had a way of living life to the fullest each day, that was inspirational. One day, everything changed. No prior signs or symptoms and then faced with advanced cancer? We were in shock as to how this could happen. She had driven me to school that morning, and was in a hospital bed by that night. After a noble six year battle, she succumbed to the disease at 46 years old in 1999. It has taken me nearly two decades to feel ready to talk about it and ready to try and make a difference in the prevention and treatment of this deadly disease…but I found the strength this Spring, and with a little push from close friends to begin the work, here we are. The acute focus will be, deeply educating medical personnel and the community about this disease, as it’s more complicated than most and has limited screening methodologies. We are working hand in hand with Yale and NY Presbyterian to design the curriculum and will be delivering our first lecture in partnership with the YWCA on “How to Prevent and Treat Ovarian Cancer,” in late September and will continue more complex lectures from there. Getting in front of this disease with early detection, close monitoring and educating physicians and women on how to listen to the whispers of the women’s bodies, will be the cornerstones of our work.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Old Greenwich is a special town with warm, intelligent, kind, loving, community-oriented people. The special friends we have made have been a gift and have truly made Old Greenwich, home for us.