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Susan Drake

Susan began her career in Sales and Marketing at Westvaco Corporation in New York City.  She has since served on numerous boards in the nonprofit sector including Children’s Trust Fund (Boston, MA), Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (Boulder, CO), Global Education Fund (Boulder, CO), Niwot High School Boosters (Niwot, CO), and Catholic Charities of Denver (Denver, CO).

Most recently, Susan has been an advocate for Children’s Hospital Colorado and advancing the hospital’s mission through philanthropy. She has served on a number of committees helping to educate community leaders about the hospital’s fundraising priorities, and connecting individuals and corporations with meaningful opportunities to make a difference through their giving. Susan provided seed funding and helped develop a wellness curriculum for Project SEARCH, a school-to-work transition program for high school students with significant disabilities. As part of her involvement, she also leads healthy cooking demonstrations for the SEARCH students. Additionally, Susan helped launch and support a research collaboration between pediatric and adult neurologists to detect MS earlier in life when it is more easily treated. The goal of this effort is to capture data that will help improve existing therapies and discover new ways of halting, preventing, or even reversing disease progression.

Susan received a BS at Marquette University and an MBA at Fordham University. She lives in Lafayette and Denver with her husband. Their youngest of three children just graduated from college so she is officially an empty nester. Susan is the founder of a healthy eating blog and website, Nourish & Charm.

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