Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital
Suzanne is the Executive Director of Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, leading a team of outstanding professionals to inspire, activate, and empower more than 100,000 youth and young adults in the fight to conquer childhood cancer.
Suzanne is the primary relationship manager with the student leaders of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THONTM), and oversees Mini-THON®, a school-based fundraising program inspired by THON.
With a revamp of Four Diamonds’ peer-to-peer fundraising strategy and tools, Suzanne has lead the organization’s substantial growth over the past 7 years, seeing the number of programs and participants more than quadruple and growing annual fundraising revenue by 74%. Thanks to those efforts, Four Diamonds has received more than $100 million in philanthropic support during Suzanne’s tenure.
Suzanne brings 25-years of fundraising, marketing, and youth leadership experience to her role, with previous roles as Director of Development and Marketing for WITF (the Harrisburg, PA affiliate of NPR and PBS), Director of Communications for U.S. Congressman Todd Platts, Director of Communications for the Central PA Food Bank, and Adjunct Professor of Fundraising at Messiah College.
Suzanne holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and a graduate certificate in Management Excellence, both from Penn State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series, a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and past president of the PA Public Relations Society. Additionally, for more than 20 years, Suzanne has volunteered in a variety of local and national roles for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY).
Suzanne has been recognized by Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Tribute to Women of Excellence.