Meet our Members


   Suzanne Williams

1. Who are/were your role models for "giving back" to your community and how did they influence you?
Both of my parents were very involved in our community while I was growing up in Dillon, South Carolina. They put a great deal of emphasis on helping others no matter who they were ( ethnicity, race, or gender) and were my earliest role models for giving back especially int he areas of social justice, education and politics and all issues regarding equality.

2. What issues impacting women & girls are you most passionate about? Do you have any personal connection to any of these issues?
Education, education, education!! As a former public school special education teacher and then as therapist counseling women and girls and now as college dean working with adult female and male students I know education in a crucial foundation in helping raise all standards for women and girls and give them access, increased self-esteem and power (both personal and economic). I have a personal connection and passion for educating all women and girls.

3. What would you tell other women and girls about The Women's Fund to encourage them to get involved?
It is wonderful grassroots organization bringing together women of diverse backgrounds united together to use our gifts and talents to "raise up" and help other women and girls right where we live!

4. Tell us a little bit about yourself: 
My occupation as a dean at Salem College, as you can imagine, takes up a lot of my time and energy. It truly is my passion and is a "ministry", if you will, of changing and empowering adult students through education for them and for their families. Education makes a huge personal and generational difference int he lives of our adult students. In my "free time" :) I serve on the Board for the iCan House, and am active at Highland Presbyterian Church serving as chair of the diaconate during 2013. I am happily married to David Bare (garden writer for the Winston-Salem Journal who also works with Reynolda Gardens). Together we have three young adult "children" who are an absolute joy to us both. I enjoy travel, reading (am a member of two book groups), antiquing, time with friends, movies, walking (especially at the beach or any coastal location ), visiting gardens and hiking with David (he enriches this for me since he can identify any and all plant life!)


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