Baristanet Profile: Sharyn Kreitzer

Name: Sharyn Kreitzer

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ, near Watchung Plaza

When did you move there? 2014

Where did you grow up? Westfield, NJ

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? After 25 years of working in large teaching hospital transplant programs, I took a leap of faith at age 50 and started a nonprofit called Donor Outreach for Veterans (DOVE) that matches altruistic kidney donors to Veterans in need.  I am not yet making a living – but given the success of this program (we have transplanted 18 Veterans in the past year) I am hopeful the funding will follow.  

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee!  Throughout the Day.  With hot frothed almond milk.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? I am a homebody and love to hang out at home with friends and family and love that my kids and their friends enjoy hanging here as well. Nothing makes me happier than a house full of activity and laughter.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? I love Aki Sushi and in particular their Samurai Roll!

What’s on your nightstand? A bunch of books that I buy at Watchung Booksellers that I don’t read and instead watch Real Housewives.

What are you listening to? When on walks or before bedtime I love to listen to NPR podcasts – Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, this American Life or Circle Round with my kids.  In the house, Alexa is asked to play Sara Bareilles, One Republic, Regina Spektor throughout the day.

What are your current indulgences? Self-funding a nonprofit! That cuts out many other indulgences but really does feel so fulfilling and energizing.

What talent you would most like to have? I have so few talents, so there is a long list. But I always really wanted to be able to perform – dance, sing play music and to know what it feels like to really entertain a room.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? My daughter just asked that I take her to Mills Reservation – I was surprised how lost we felt in this hiking oasis in the middle of Montclair with stunning views of the city at the top of the trail.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I want my kids to live full lives and be kind and generous and contribute in meaningful ways to their family and communities.  That is what I want my legacy to be.

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