Over the past several months, the board of directors has been searching for Quilts of Valor Foundation's next Executive Director. The response to our request for candidates was outstanding.
It is our pleasure to announce that Susan Gordon, previously Destination Coordinator and State Coordinator for Georgia & North Carolina, has accepted the position and, over the course of the next few weeks, will be transitioning in as our new Executive Director.
Susan started sewing Quilts of Valor because of Carlie Nichols, who has headed up the QOV program in western North Carolina for some time. A few years ago, Catherine invited QOVF volunteers nationwide to make Autograph Star blocks and send them or bring them to Washington for a sewing weekend. Washington was too far to go for Susan, so she asked some of her quilting friends in NE Georgia if they'd be interested in making some of the blocks. They went to work.
Susan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in English education and from the University of Tennessee with a master's degree in adult learning. After graduation, she worked in the University of Tennessee's Department of Continuing Education, creating non-credit programs and events as well as recruiting teachers.
Before retiring in 2005, Susan was an international trainer in leadership development and strategic planning for corporations. She has enjoyed using some of the skills she learned in that role in planning QOV retreats, helping groups get organized, and creating better networking.
Susan and her husband Bud live in Georgia. They have one son who is currently finishing a graduate program in school counseling.
Thank you to everyone for believing in Quilts of Valor Foundation and for giving so much every day to cover all service members touched by war, and especially to June Moore for her leadership during the past two years.
Now, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Susan to her new role. Susan can be contacted at susan.gordon@QOVF.org.