Hello. Dr. Odd here. I met Sarah at Focal, my employer. She hired me and was a super cool boss and friend. She moved to NYC and now is back in Chicago. She is very friendly and nice and is the perfect example why I love working here at Focal. You can drop her a line here. Sarah Koehn

When were you born? Where?

October 19, 1971 in Madison, Wisconsin

What is the 1st thing you want to do when you get home from work or when you wake up on the weekends?

Read - either the WSJ or historical fiction . . .or the mail

Who would you like to pattern yourself after?

I worship a lot of different chicks for different reasons (ie Gweneth Paltrow for style, Jackie Kennedy for grace, the woman who blew the whistle on the jerks at Worldcom for obvious reasons) but no one I would "pattern" myself after.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Any huge international city - London, New York, Paris (in that order)

If you could get paid the same amount of $ at your current job and do anything, what would it be?

rock star/consumer advocate/my own salon that is so successful that it wouldn't have to be open on the weekends.

If you found $200 in the trash and you had to spend it that day, what would you do with it?

Buy a really nice accessory - like a belt, or a scarf, or charm for my charm bracelet

What kind of music you like the most and why?

Probaby groovin' rock n' roll . . .that kind that's a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll.

Who have you been most influenced by and why?

No one person, but I thank my mom for raising me with good manners and strong character. And, my husband has taught me to RELAX, live in the moment, and stop planning every little detail of life.

What makes you cry?

Sad movies where loved ones die. Also memories of September 11, 2001, because I was there and it was hearbreaking.

What is your favorite town or state in the United States?

Tie between New York City and San Francisco

What do you usually eat for dinner?

Varies. Typically meat + veggies/salad.

What is your favorite website?


If you had to hear 1 album for the rest of your life what would it be?

Carole King - Tapestry, because it reminds me of my childhood, my mom and sister, and the songs are awesome.

What do you do for $?

Manage lots of people at Focal

What do you find attractive in the opposite sex?

Warmth, wit, and motivation

Dogs or cats?


What is your favorite sports team?

Don't have one - all those people are paid way too much

You got any Tattoos?

Yes, a crescent moon on my hip

Do you use styling products in your hair?

Do I ever? Aveda Rocks!

What is your favorite cartoon character?

Dora the Explorer, that adorable little problem-solver with the backback.

Got any nick-names? What do they mean or how did you get them?

Only a pet name: "Wookie". Husband says I remind him of some character in Star Wars?

What is your salad dressing of choice?

Creamy Poppy Seed

What is your favorite fast food place? What do you order there?

Definately McDonalds -Small Cheeseburger, small fries, shake or cookies.

What is your favorite booze beverage?

Australian Shiraz

What is the one thing people say about you the most?

Probably that I'm sociable, friendly, and caring

What do you think people say are some of your most virtuous qualities?

My coworkers would say that I'm hard-working and love Focal. My family would say I'm independent and successful on my own terms and a kick-ass Aunt/Sister/Daughter. My friends would say I'm a good listener and give good advice, and that I'm a shopping enabler (or is that a vice?).

What do you think people say are some of your vices?

My coworkers would say that I delete too many emails, hold too many meetings, and run too many reports. My mother would say I don't call her enough. My friends would say that I'm not take too long to respond to emails and phone calls.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When good friends are cheap.

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