Susan has a passion for health and wellness. Having experienced first-hand the devastation of drug and alcohol abuse, she was instrumental in founding a community coalition in Jacksonville in 2008 that supports prevention. Today, Drug Free Duval has over 1500 members who are dedicated to freedom from substance abuse for all.
Susan has a broad range of experience that started in banking with Barnett Bank. A few years later, she and a partner created a successful consultancy focused on business, government and nonprofit initiatives. Susan served on the staff of former Florida House Member, Dan Webster, and later served as policy advisor for Florida Senate President, Jim King, where she directed policies related to banking, insurance, finance, tax and Department of Business and Professional Regulation under which Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco resides. Susan frequently provides testimony to the Florida House and Senate regarding the impact of proposed laws related to drugs and alcohol on prevention efforts.
In 2005, Susan was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She received recognition by the Duval County Council of PTAs in 2013 and the Drug Free America Foundation in 2014 for her work aimed at reducing substance abuse through population level change. She is currently working with an international health matters initiative to develop a strategic plan related to substance abuse in a 5-county area in North Florida and also serves as Vice Chair of Community Coalition Alliance representing 23 counties. She has recently served on the Board of Florida Coalition Alliance which represents the state prevention community. Susan provided the community perspective to Harvard Medical School’s Extension Education regarding the development and launch of online courses about the important subject of opioids and heroin that launched in March, 2017 and has been a speaker and panelist at forums and events around the nation regarding the opioid/heroin epidemic, providing insight into the community process of environmental strategies as a necessary ingredient to achieving community-level change. Susan served on the Editorial Review Board of the Florida Times Union, and is a member of the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health-Public Health Advisory Group.
With the goal of freedom from substance misuse for all, Susan is committed to changing the culture regarding alcohol and substance abuse.