Susan Grande has a BPS in Human Services from SUNY at Utica. She began her career in Long Term Care here at St. Mark Village in the early 90’s. Susan accepted the position as the Human Services Director overseeing Life Enrichment and Social Services. While at St. Mark Village she received her license as a Nursing Home Administrator. Susan left Florida due to family illness. Since then Susan has worked mostly in the not- for-profit arena as an Executive Director. Susan’s passion has always been to improve the Residents’ quality of life. She has worked with Dr. Bill Thomas of the Eden Alternative where she became an Eden Associate and was able to bring that culture to the communities in which she served. Most recently Susan is working on her PAC Certification as an Engagement Leader which will enhance her skills in working with our Residents who have dementia. Susan plans to work with Team Members and families to develop awareness, spread knowledge and teach skills to transform what exists into even a more positive dementia care culture. When she is not working, she spends her free time with her daughter, Sara, and life partner, Bill. She also has a life coaching and hypnotherapy practice.