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ID: Heidi Beth Haas

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  • Heidi Haas<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Heidi Beth Haas and her husband have lived in the Pioneer Valley for 26 years. She’s a clinical social worker in private practice and also teaches theater improvisation to children and teens at the Florence Civic Center, coaches two improv troupes — Funktionlust and The Unusuals — at Northampton High School, and is chairwoman for the New Century Theatre board of directors.

Full name: Heidi Beth Haas

Date and place of birth: March 16, 1959, Plainfield, N.J.

Who lives under the same roof as you? My husband, Fred Hooven, and a daughter, Abigail

Children: Molly Ann and Abigail Rose

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College; masters degree in social work from Simmons College

Pets: Two cats, Scout and Ray; and a 3-year-old golden retriever, Ruby

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “The Elegance of a Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery, and for children, “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney

Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Five items you can’t live without: My family and friends, my cozy blanket and the corner of the couch (they go together), my books, and going to the theater, especially New Century Theatre right here in Northampton

Last thing you purchased just for fun: Tickets for a trip to Europe

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Going to Thailand

Life-changing experience: In addition to the birth of my daughters, 17 years ago I took a 3-hour improvisation workshop with Sleeveless Theater, an improvisation group in the Valley. From that day forward, I have been inspired to continuing learning and teaching improv classes

A little-known fact about you: I get very competitive with board games, especially Risk ... My family is scared to play games with me

Dumbest thing you ever did: It involved a hamster. That’s all I will say

What really sets you off? People who make others feel stupid for not knowing something

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Gilda Radner. I think she was one of the funniest people

What does your ideal weekend look like? Going to the theater, being with friends and family, walking on the beach and reading a great book

One thing you would change about yourself: I’d be more patient

What gives you the creeps? Ultraconservative religious and political groups that polarize people and perpetuate the violence and chaos in this world

People who knew you in high school thought you were: A little off the beaten track; not one to compromise on my beliefs

Whom do you most admire? My daughters — they are amazing people and I feel honored to know them

Parting shot: Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful (Thich Nhat Hanh)

— Compiled by Brenda Nelson

To suggest someone for ID, send an email to Brenda Nelson at bnelson@gazettenet.com.

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