Suellen Brazil applies the national perspective, organizational expertise, and collaborative skills developed throughout 47 years in diverse leadership roles. With a rich background and extensive experience, Suellen is a highly enthusiastic, dynamic leader whose dedication and passion are unwavering.
From 1980–84, Suellen served as GFWC Alabama Director of Junior Clubs, then GFWC Junior Education Chairman. Suellen then became HOBY International Leadership Seminar National Volunteer Chairman, with 12 years of national service and exponential growth within the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation.
During 45 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 leadership training opportunities, along with seminars at the Alabama State Capitol, and implemented state/ district LEADS programs.
After being State President, Suellen successfully led several GFWC programs, and GFWC Southern Region as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. Focused on strengthening international connections, she welcomed the Woman’s Club of Aruba to Southern Region. That international commitment continues today. As GFWC Leadership Chairman (2012–14) she oversaw a 73% increase in GFWC State LEADS programs and provided numerous leadership 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 schools and 18,000 students. Working with domestic violence prevention, homeless, and veterans keeps her grounded in grassroots service.
Sharon Oliphant is filled with positive energy and gratitude for all of the opportunities she has to give back because of GFWC. In 2018 she will begin her time as Florida State President, and Sharon is assume the role and work with her enthusiastic Florida clubwomen to make a difference.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.