Susan is a 36-year resident of Wake County and a North Carolina native, born to a working-class family in Alamance County, where she attended public schools. Her father is a Navy veteran, and her parents were both employed by AT&T for many years.
A first-generation college graduate, Susan feels grateful to have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan’s two children are also products of public education, graduating from Wake County Public Schools and N.C. State University.
Susan and her family are beneficiaries of North Carolina’s proud commitment to high-caliber K-12 public schools and affordable, world-class higher education, and Susan is a dedicated advocate for public education. Susan successfully sought election to the Wake County Board of Education in 2011, following two tumultuous years of a divisive board majority that damaged the reputation of our schools and our community.
Now in her fifth year on the school board, representing the southwestern area of the county, Susan has been committed to practical, transparent, data-driven decision-making, in pursuit of the best possible outcomes for all of our students. She has been a relentless proponent of policies that have greatly improved stability for families in a school district challenged with a consistently growing student population. Susan has served the board as the Finance Committee Chair, as the Facilities Committee Vice-Chair, and as a member of the Governmental Relations and Audit Committees. Now she is running to bring this commitment to achieving results for our children to the State Senate.
Susan began her career as a CPA in Ernst & Young’s Raleigh office, and later held accounting management positions with several locally owned businesses. She spent a significant portion of her career in the residential construction industry, including a decade as the co-owner of a small general contracting firm.
As a volunteer, Susan has been active in her children’s schools, serving on PTA boards. At her local Methodist church, she has been a youth counselor, chair of the finance committee and other committees, a member of several musical groups, and the director of various children’s and youth choirs.
Susan and her husband of 28 years, Chuck, have lived in Apex since 1992. Chuck has been a Product Line Manager with Genband, LLC, since 2010, and was with Nortel for 30 years prior. Susan and Chuck’s two grown daughters also live in Wake County. A Tar Heel and the wife and mother of Wolfpack grads, Susan is an ACC sports enthusiast, and relishes spending spare time at the beach.