Susan was raised in New York City and later graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in education and a minor in special education. After college she moved to Cambridge, Mass., and worked at Lesley Schools for children with mostly inner city children with a variety of special needs.
After working in the classroom she realized she needed a life change, and switched gears. She has remained in the world of decorative arts, first running an antique business, which led to her 25-year career in interior design.
This work allowed her flexibility while raising her two children, Isabel and Tony. It allowed her to devote the time to care for them and to volunteer at Tony’s school, where both advocacy and fundraising were essential. Susan says that having a child with autism 29 years ago was a very different landscape, where her background in special education came in handy.
“My greatest effort in terms of Tony’s advocacy was negotiating with our school district in Massachusetts for Tony to live at Camphill Soltane,” she says. “Tony has now been at Camphill Village and thriving for five years.”