Susan began her new role as Executive Director of Chapters Ahead in November 2015 and is leading the strategic expansion of Next Chapter Book Club. An early participant in the social entrepreneurship movement, she has spent more than 20 years guiding fundraising, marketing and communications campaigns for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Ohio University.
Susan was the recipient of several awards for her work as the Founder and Executive Director of a community-based, transitional vocational program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Ernst & Young’s “Socially-Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year” and the Columbus, Ohio YWCA’s “Women of Achievement.” Her undergraduate and graduate studies were in English and Journalism and she is a long-time freelance reporter for American City Business Journals.
Thomas Fish, Ph.D.
Founder and Chair
Tom continues to be an active vision-caster for Next Chapter Book Club. He is the Director of Social Work at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He teaches, conducts research and develops programs that promote community inclusion, independence and productivity for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He co-authored Next Chapter Book Club: A Model Community Literacy Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Tom was a 1999 recipient of a Mary Switzer Merit Research Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is a Fellow in the American Association on Mental Retardation and is a member of the Awards and Fellowship Committee. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from The Ohio State University.
Rachel provides support to new and established Next Chapter Book Club Affiliates. She previously worked at The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center for Disabilities where she coordinated 25 Next Chapter Book Clubs in Central Ohio, along with another program called Friendship Connection which encourages adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop and participate in activities that promote meaningful community inclusion and social skill development. Rachel holds a BS in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati.