Susie grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Salem College in Winston Salem, NC, with a BFA degree in Art History and Studio Art. She spent part of her junior year in Providence, Rhode Island attending the Rhode Island School of Design/RISD for an intensive semester in graphic design. After graduating, she moved to Charlotte with friends and was a substitute teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system while earning her K-6 teaching certificate at Queens University. She taught second grade before joining her family's business, MT Company (formerly Michael Thomas Furniture), in High Point as a designer and handling merchandising before she received an opportunity to open her own store and in 2003, she and her business partner launched Luna's, a high end clothing store in the Lake Norman area. In 2009, she joined BD Jeffries in SouthPark, a luxury lifestyle boutique, and enjoyed a successful sales career. After 9 years, Susie, decided to make a change and joined HM Properties as an executive assistant to Valerie Mitchener, the owner of the company.
Susie and her daughter live in the SouthPark area with their loveable yellow Lab, Harvey. Her family and creating art are her greatest passions. She enjoys spending time painting abstracts which are shown and sold at several locations in Charlotte and on her website. She also enjoys visiting museums, playing tennis, spending time outdoors, reading, and has a love for animals.