From June 2004 until June 2014 Susan was a senior consultant with The Alban Institute in Washington, D.C. working with hundreds of organizations across the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to 2004 Susan intertwined careers as a psychotherapist and independent regional consultant. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with expertise in helping her clients recover from trauma and abuse. She is an ordained minister and regional denominational executive in the United Methodist Church and has experience as a hospital chaplain and a parish pastor.
She writes, lectures and leads training workshops and retreats on subjects such as managing conflict and change, the health and well-being of leaders, professional ethics and boundaries, the use of dialogue, developing staff, and coaching leaders and revitalizing organizations.
•B.A., Central College, Pella IA
•M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theology Seminary, Evanston IL
•Doctoral course work at Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN and the University of MN, Department of Family Social Sciences
•Level II training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing of traumatic memories
•“Victim-Offender Mediation in Cases of Severe Political/Criminal Violence,” Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, St. Paul MN
•“Mediating Workplace Disputes” and “Conflict Coaching:” CDR Associates of Boulder CO
•“Managing Conflict Inside the Organization” The Program on Negotiation, Harvard University, Cambridge MA