Susan is a Fall River native who believes the gift of leadership should be shared with each generation. Throughout her career, she’s been involved with many organizations including the Fall River Rotary Club, United Neighbors, and SouthCoast Serves, to name a few. “There is much work to be done and most of the time my work is spent collaborating with others.”
What do you do professionally?
I have been the Director of Development at Child & Family Services since 2005 and have been with the agency since 1990. I am responsible for the overall fundraising and marketing for CFS and truly enjoy the challenges that come with the job.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
I am a member of the Fall River Rotary Club and served on their Board as well as several other committees throughout the years (Child Protection Council, United Neighbors, SouthCoast Serves, New Bedford 6 Degrees Network Group) and most recently joined the LSC Alumni Network committee. There is much work to be done and most of the time my work is spent collaborating with others.
My mom was the person who motivated me as a young child to get involved. Growing up, we would have pictures of boys and girls on our fridge and my mom would tell us they are our brothers and sisters. She would sponsor children living in Africa who needed clothing and food. She told us that we are all connected and it is our privilege to give back to others who were less fortunate. I guess that was the reason I chose to work at a non-profit and get involved with causes to help those in need.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
What I found most valuable about my LSC experience was the opportunity to meet emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds with a common goal to make a difference in their community.
I was born and raised in Fall River, and worked there until 2005 when I took on my current position. As a graduate of the 2007 LSC class, I formed relationships on a professional level and also made new friends. LCS gave me the opportunity to not only expand my networking group, but to learn valuable lessons from others who were deeply rooted to this area. Both Fall River and New Bedford communities struggle with similar issues and it’s refreshing so see the leaders from this region who choose to come together to bring about positive change. I love the quote… “The meaning in life is to find your gift. The purpose in life is to give it away.” The gift of leadership should be shared to each generation.
Describe your leadership in one word.
Resourceful. There’s so much work to be done and we need to pool our resources, work together, and be innovative.