Distinguished Alumni 2012-2013

susie1aSusie Kozlowski Buchanan, Class of 1965 

EDUCATION  

Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science

EMPLOYMENT

Director of Community Relations, St. Joseph of the Pines
Owner of Buchanan & Associates, Advertising and Public Relations

COMMUNITY

2009 - Awarded $448,000 federal grant for St. Joseph of the Pines to build a 53’ semi-trailer equipped with two medical exam rooms, two private offices and a stage to take to the rural parts of North Carolina to bring free medical care and health and human services to people with no access to healthcare. The semi also provides non-perishable food and emergency assistance with utility bills through the Sandhills/Moore coalition for human care, registers people for WIC, SNAP, Family First, and voter registration through Benefit Bank of North Carolina and GED testing and English classes through the Sandhills Community College.

2010 – Developed public awareness campaign for St. Joseph of the Pines to educate county on the homeless problem affecting Moore County, North Carolina.

Facilitator/Steering Committee; Moore County Leadership Institute 2008-2012
Board Member; Family Promise of Moore County 2011-2012
Board Member; Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care 2010-2012
Board Member; Literacy Council of Moore County 2012
Board Member; Southern Pines Rotary Club – Director, Public Relations 2011-2012

RECOGNITION

North Carolina Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging, Inc. – St. Joseph of the Pines, Community Service Award, 2010
North Carolina Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging, Inc. – St. Joseph of the Pines, Social Responsibility Award, Public Awareness Homeless Campaign, 2011

PROSPECT ACTIVITY INVOLVEMENT

Office Guide, Prospector, Rhythmettes, Historian, Class Board, Variety Show

WORDS OF ADVICE

When adversity comes into your life, how you respond is an accumulation of all that you are as a person. "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it is about learning how to dance in the rain."