Suzanne is the President & CEO of the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF). She graduated from Murray State University in Murray, KY., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She began her social services career in Memphis, TN, in 1974.
Suzanne has 30+ years of social services experience, primarily in the areas of social service program management for programs serving the aged, adults with disabilities, adult protective services, and children’s services. She was employed by the State of Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services, now known as the Department of Children and Families, for 17 years. For approximately 13 years she was self-employed as a social services consultant to the Florida Departments of Elder Affairs, Juvenile Justice, and Children and Families. From 2000-2003, she worked in the Department of Children & Families’ Office of Inspector General supervising the Department’s operational responses to allegations of wrongdoing by staff and contract providers. In 2003, she began her professional career at the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF).
Prior to being appointed President & CEO in January 2009, Suzanne’s responsibilities at the Association included supervision of membership services and coordination of the Association’s Government Relations campaign. She served as liaison with the State’s Agency for Health Care Administration, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and other agencies and organizations involved with delivery of services to individuals with disabilities. Within this capacity, she frequently provided program assistance to members regarding Medicaid and Developmental Disabilities program policy issues.
Since 2000, Suzanne has served as the Association’s spokesperson at many public hearings and has advocated for public policy change to improve services and supports for individuals with severe disabilities and has worked to improve state government responsiveness to the needs of community agencies serving individuals with disabilities.