Sue grew up in Boise, Idaho and moved with her family to Alaska in 1966. Her extended family was already involved in reconstruction of the Seward Alaska airport after the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake.
During high school Sue worked as a volunteer for individuals with developmental disabilities. She also worked part time in medical clinic settings.
After completing high school at West Anchorage High, Sue was selected to join the international singing group with People to People and performed around the west coast. Upon her return to Alaska, she moved to Homer where she co-owned and operated a fishing boat in Kachemak Bay. During the winter months, she was employed in the civil engineering field until 1979 when she returned to school.
Sue attended Boise State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While completing her undergraduate degree, she completed several internships in marital and sex therapy, as well as vocational testing and counseling at Boise State Counseling Department. In 1981, she returned to Alaska and worked in vocational rehabilitation helping people with various disabilities. She also spent several years working with adolescents and their families facing the challenge of substance abuse.
In 1993 Sue obtained a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University. She has worked in residential, outpatient, hospital , and private practice and management settings both with adolescents and adults. She has taught various psychology courses at the graduate level and supervised clinical interns since 1990. Sue has extensive experience in areas associated with adolescent and family problems, marital problems, career change, substance abuse, learning difficulties, and trauma. Her career interests include adolescent and adult group therapy, training, program development, and assessment. She currently holds a license in marriage and family therapy.
When not at work, Sue spends time hanging out with her four dogs and two cats. Her hobbies center on gardening, music, fishing, work with animal rescue organizations, watercolor painting and photography.