In 1968, at the age of seventeen, Susan was made to surrender her first-born daughter to adoption. Her birthmother experience has led Susan to become an active member in various birthmother support groups, while providing her the opportunity to assist several individuals in their reunions.

Born and raised in New Bedford, MA, Susan lived there until 1988 when she and her husband, Jay, moved their family of three girls, Jackie, Kristine and Beth to Acushnet, MA. More recently, Susan and Jay became Florida residents but still spend summers at their Acushnet home to be near their children and grandchildren.

Her spirit and resilience has enabled Susan to triumph over life's disappointments. After the death of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, in 1990, she founded the Friends of Jackie Memorial Fund which raised and distributed over $90,000.00.*

She is an inspirational speaker, having lectured at Stonehill College, Salve Regina University, American Business Women's Association, "Strengthening Your Spirit" Reiki Retreat, and the Rotary Club, to mention a few.

Susan's extraordinary life experiences offer an important message to all, proving...

"You can do anything in life you set your mind to, provided it is powered by your heart."

*We would like to thank everyone who made a donation to Jackie's Memorial Fund, which was used for New Bedford High School Scholarships, New England Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children, and for helping families dealing with childhood cancers.