Communications committee (Newsletter)
A Minnesota native, Susan graduated from the College of St. Teresa, Winona MN, with a B.S. in nursing. She became a member of the Tanganyika II 1962-64 Peace Corps group, an all female contingent of registered nurses. Following time as training staff at Syracuse U, she re-upped for a second tour in Tanzania. Post Peace Corps, she journeyed to California, entered graduate school in nursing at UCLA, then transferred to UC Berkeley to complete a Master of Public Health degree.
Susan met and married an RPCV (Costa Rica), raised two sons, and again enrolled in the U of CA system to earn a PhD in nursing from UCSF. Her dissertation focused on adolescent childbearing. She spent 30 years as nursing faculty at CA State U, Sacramento where she taught in her clinical specialty areas of school and public health nursing, established a post-graduate school nurse program, and served as coordinator of the nursing M.S. program.
Susan developed guidelines for state and national curricula to prepare nurses for school service and served on national committees of the American Nurses Association to author and revise national standards of practice for school nursing. She was Executive Editor of The Journal of School Nursing, a refereed publication of the National Association of School Nurses, a member of their Academy of Fellows, and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award.
Susan and her husband John live on five acres in the Sierra foothills of northern California. This is her first year on the FOT Board.