Beginning as a middle school teacher, Susan went on to hold various positions in the educational arena such as high school teacher, student council sponsor, youth drug-free alliance sponsor, school system Character Education Coordinator, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinator for the school system. Awards such as Secondary Teacher of the Year, and the Judy Milholland Award for outstanding service to students both inside and outside the classroom recognized her work. Susan currently serves as a facilitator for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across America) National Youth Leadership Academy.

In the community, Susan was active with her church and organized many youth activities, community events, and youth organizations. Her work on behalf of children and youth led to her involvement with the development of an anti-drug coalition in her home county. Susan continues her work in the coalition field today, having formed and led county coalitions in both Tennessee and Ohio. Recently she served as the Coalition Coordinator for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee (CADCAT) where she worked across the State forming, training and providing technical assistance to local community anti-drug coalitions. She is the founder of ICARe-TN (Initiative for Community and Adolescent Resilience – Tennessee), where she serves as the Director of Connections.

Susan has delivered over a hundred speeches, workshops, and seminars to groups across the nation; from Washington DC to Alaska. Her life has been dedicated to finding the uniqueness in everyone she meets, to valuing that uniqueness, and to allowing her connection with them to enrich her own life. Her passion is centered on the positive development of every child and the engagement of the community in this development. Her goal in life is to see a miracle happen in the lives of the youth she works with as they discover their strengths and use them to turn their dreams into realities.