Susie was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and Yakota, Japan. She spent her high school and college years shredding the cold east coast hills and working for local ski shops before she migrated to Portland, OR with her family in 2002. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Marine Biology, she became a biomedical research scientist for 8 years. In 2011 she decided to pursue a different career path, so she went back to school for graphic design and returned to her outdoor industry roots. Now Susie works for the Mountain Shop, managing their graphics department. On her days off, she can be found tearing up Mt. Hood on her skis and snowboard, dancing to live music, illustrating or hanging with her family and friends.