Sue Mathias is a 1969 graduate of Bucknell with a B.A. in American History. She earned her Master's Degree in Education with certification as a School Psychologist in 1991. A deep fascination with people's stories has informed her careers as a journalist, community educator, therapist, and now, fundraiser - a thread she traces to her love of history and literature at Bucknell.
Sue has been affiliated with Transitions for 34 years. Formerly known as SVWIT, the organization serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in three Central Pennsylvania counties. Transitions' mission is education, counseling, shelter, and advocacy; the goal is to put itself out of business by ending the cycle of violence. Across the decades, Sue has served as volunteer, Board member, staff counselor, and advocate. She chaired the Board for seven years, overseeing a campaign to fully renovate the shelter and establish a sustaining endowment.
She is proud to have seen the organization take its place as an effective and respected force for social justice, and to know that countless families have been touched and strengthened through Transitions' services.
Sue knows that commitment to community is not selfless - she cherishes the deep and nurturing friendships that come with common cause and the gratification of knowing that Transitions has made a real difference.
Sue's professional career includes Public Relations for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Community Education for MH/MR, and 22 years in a private psychotherapy practice. Most recently, she is a development officer with the Geisinger Health System. Sue started this position as a fundraiser for Women's Health Services and now, with broader responsibilities, she has the opportunity to showcase the creative and enterprising collaboration between Bucknell and Geisinger in their parallel Campaigns.
Sue has also served on the Board of SUN Family Planning, and with her husband, John, (BS '69, MS '72) has actively supported Evangelical Community Hospital and the many programs and organizations that make life so rich in the larger Lewisburg community.
Sue and John have been married for 44 years and, though they have travelled around the world, Union County has been their home since graduating from Bucknell. Daughters Katy and Maggie are far flung, however — Katy in Seattle with husband, Roger Coulter, and children Bobby and Margaret; Maggie in Santa Cruz, Calif. Both daughters serve on non-profit Boards in their communities.