After focusing on her studies on the language of female punk performance, Susan graduated with a MA in English Literature from West Texas A&M University. Over the next ten years, Susan shared her passion for the arts as a dedicated English and Humanities faculty member at a community college in Texas where she also held several administrative titles. Wishing to redefine how she served her community, Susan was accepted as a Master of Public Administration candidate to the University of Texas at El Paso and moved to Las Cruces in 2018. During her time in the MPA program, Susan had the opportunity to develop her research, data analysis, and technical writing skills as the department research assistant. After her first class, she discovered a passion for nonprofit administration, and in her final semester of coursework, she was granted an internship at Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (DLCP). After completing her internship, Susan accepted the position as the Community Coordinator, managing projects for DLCP and the Arts and Cultural District. In December 2019, Susan graduated as the outstanding student of her class with the program’s first ever MPA degree with a concentration in nonprofit management and governance.
Since Susan and her rescue dog, Gus, relocated to New Mexico, she has fallen in love with the people, culture, and community of Las Cruces. In her time away from the office, Susan enjoys knitting poorly, running slowly, and spending time with her partner, Rob.