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Susan Cherney

Susan Cherney has enjoyed a 44-year career split between the East Coast and West Coast and spanning private sector, non-profit sector and small business entrepreneurship. In each of these diverse settings, Susan honed her professional expertise into a blend of executive leadership, business management, operations, marketing, mission-driven fund development, global event design and planning, professional counseling, coaching and mentoring, and successful entrepreneurial business endeavors.

Susan was co-founder and senior partner of a global events management firm, headquartered in San Francisco which grew to 40+ employees in a few years. With this company, Susan worked inside many of the pioneering high-tech companies in Silicon Valley providing their sales people with motivation and incentive programs – Apple, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, 3-Com, and Adobe Systems, to name a few.

Upon returning to Arlington, VA in 2001, Susan made an intentional career transition from private sector to non-profit management as a way to engage more deeply in community service helping those who are in need. Susan successfully accomplished her goal in raising more than $25 million for the Alzheimer’s Association and several regional non-profits.

Susan holds BA and MS degrees (Communications and Public Relations) from American University; MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California; and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

Susan currently resides in Williamsburg, VA with her husband, Tom. She enjoys playing the piano, fitness, reading, organization, dynamic conversations and as many new adventures as she can get.

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"I serve on the board because it is rewarding to move the organization forward."