Susan was raised in central New York and studied Secondary Education at the University of New York at Oswego. She also competed in Track and Field and Cross Country during this time. After completing college and working with AmeriCorps in the Southeast, Susan took a position as a Field Staff in the Adirondack Mountains at a Therapeutic Wilderness program.

 

Although Susan’s family was not involved in hiking or backcountry camping, Susan fell in love with the Adirondack Mountains and spending time outdoors. She learned how the wilderness could energize students as well as staff and how the challenge of it was instrumental in growth. After working at this program for three years, Susan returned to college to attain her Master’s degree. During this time, she took a job as an English teacher and a Track and Field Coach and stayed there for five years. She enjoyed teaching however, she missed the field and all that it offered. In January of 2015, Susan came out for a training at Second Nature and moved to Utah from New York shortly after.  Susan became a Senior Instructor in the spring of 2016 with the goal of promoting direct and assertive communication as well as aiding the feedback loop. She is excited for the transition into the office with the goals of helping staff and students feel empowered and supported.

 

Susan’s time outside of work is spent with her dog Kayu, running, and finding hot springs to go to.