Gayle A. Sims
three kids have moved through the North Haven school system, but she
stays in touch with the families she
met when her
children were in school.
"The families are our friends today," she
"And we still support the kids.
We still watch [local] basketball games."
No one can question the dedication Gayle Sims
has to the North Haven community.
The lifelong resident grew up in North Haven
and still lives there-in the same house in which she
The house looks a little different now.
husband Bill put an addition on it to make it large enough for their family, which includes three children.
But when they were in school, Gayle
was very active in school programs, including athletics.
was also involved at the elementary and middle school level.
"I never missed a basketball game or a cheerleading competition," says Gayle
"I enjoyed it."
also enjoys her
She is an attorney at The Pellegrino Law Firm in New Haven.
area of focus is family law, but she
also does real estate closings.
says that practicing family law is rewarding because "you're helping people through a difficult time in their lives."
With real estate, she
guides clients through perhaps one of their largest purchases.
Gayle has worked at Pellegrino for 13 years.
"I came here because they wanted a family lawyer," she says.
"I'm very happy here.
Every day is different.
I can be in court every day or once a week."
Gayle travels to courts in New Haven, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, and Middletown.
While work keeps her
very busy, Gayle
has found that she
has more time for other business-related activities now that she
isn't spending that time on school activities.
Gayle says she was approached about 15 years ago to join a BNI (Business Networking International), but she couldn't commit to the time necessary for membership.
"Now that the kids are grown, I can do that," Gayle
is one of the original members of the North Haven BNI
"It was the right time now because of the commitment," she
"This is my first networking venture.
Professionally and personally, it's been great.
Professionally, it's a great resource for me.
And I enjoy everybody there...Before that, my focus was on basketball and cheerleading."
It's certainly a change of pace for Gayle
"I'm getting into that phase where I can do other things," she
"It is a new phase."
socializes a lot with friends and spends some spare time reading books on her
has a close group of friends, North Haven mothers, who get together often.
"My two dearest friends are neighbors from North Haven
We grew up on the same street," says Gayle
future is focused-of course-on her
family and her
"I want to continue in my career and expand and grow my practice," she