From 1980-84, Suellen served as GFWC Alabama Director of Junior Clubs then GFWC Junior Education Chairman. In 1985, Suellen became HOBY International Leadership Seminar National Volunteer Chairman. These roles led to 12 years of national service — accompanied by extensive growth within — to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation.
During 42 years on the GFWC Alabama Board, Suellen served all appointed/elected offices including State President (1998-2000) where policy improvements she championed impact Alabama today. She organized exceptional leadership training opportunities, including seminars at the Alabama State Capitol, and implemented state/district LEADS programs.
After being State President, Suellen successfully led the GFWC Safety program, Juniorettes, and GFWC Southern Region as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. As president, she strengthened International connections by welcoming the Woman’s Club of Aruba to Southern Region. As GFWC Leadership Chairman in 2012-14, she oversaw a 73 percent increase in GFWC State LEADS programs; she and the committee provided numerous leadership tools/resources.
A native Alabamian, she and husband Billy have two sons. Retired after 44 years with Baldwin County Schools, her final position was Executive Elementary Administrator supervising 28 elementary schools and 18,000 students. Working with domestic violence prevention, homeless, and veterans keeps her grounded in grassroots service.
MaryAnn shares her passion for volunteerism with young people through her work with the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.