Age: 55

Hometown: Long Grove, Ill.

Family: Husband (of 33 years) Jeffrey Savacool; daughter Michelle, 27, works as a medical physicist in radiation oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn; son Matt, 23, is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago, majoring in sociology with a minor in industrial psychology

Book on the Nightstand: Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown

Favorite Vacation Spot: Family cabin on Hood Canal in Hansville, Wash.

Childhood Hero: Her father, the late Delmar Pepper, an electrical engineer who took up writing, woodworking and advocacy for the disabled after a stroke in 1981

Good Works: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children and Midtown Educational Foundation, a mentoring and educational development program for girls and boys in Chicago