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.
When Sarina Rose isn’t quilting blankets for local hospitals or wheelchair bags for nursing homes, she’s typing away at her computer, lost in a world of vintage romance. The GFWC Melbourne Woman’s Club (Florida) member is the author of three books in “The Relentless Series”.
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.