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Sue Colin, PhD


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Sue Colin, PhD has served on the SBCC Foundation Board of Directors for more than a decade. Her ardor for SBCC began immediately after Sue and her husband, J. W. moved to Santa Barbara, and she started taking classes at SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Her mentor Eli Luria was instrumental in instilling the passion Sue still carries today for SBCC, as they both understood the important role SBCC plays in the lives of young students, as well as the community.

Since then, Sue has been involved with many local organizations. She has served as a commissioner for the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County; on the board of Women’s Economic Ventures; and as a volunteer for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. She has also served at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Empty Bowls luncheon since its inception. Sue and J.W. are both involved with the Compeer Program at the Music Academy of the West, which unites Music Academy Fellows and audience members in one-on-one support and friendship.

Sue and her husband were both born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Work took them to San Jose, California and Dallas, Texas, as well as a few other places before finally moving to Santa Barbara. They have two children, Kim and Jeff, who each have two children.

Sue attended University High School in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Community College, and San Jose State, where she received a bachelor’s degree and credentials in speech pathology/audiology and early childhood education. She worked as a speech therapist prior to her move to Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, Sue continued her education and received her master’s degree in deaf education. After several years, Sue and her husband moved back to Los Angeles where she finished her PhD in psychology, and opened an holistic counseling center.

For Sue, the time spent at Santa Monica Community College was life changing. While at SMCC, she realized the poor grades she received in high school were due to dyslexia. The college provided extensive assistance and support, which gave her hope and determination to continue on with her education. While in college, Sue realized her focus had been and always would be on how she could make a positive difference in a person’s life.

Author: Jessica Tade


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