Susan was born and raised on the edge of the Carrisa Plains raising grain, cattle and horses. She attended Atascadero High School and went on to Cal Poly to receive a BS in Home Economics (dietetics, interior design, child development, education, and accounting) and then to Monterey Peninsula College to receive an Ornamental Horticultural degree. Susan worked as a Landscape Designer for 22 years and has been a cattle rancher for 42 years. In her free time, Susan has served as a volunteer for the Parent Teacher Organization, Future Farmers of America, 4-H and Cattlewoman’s Association. She enjoys riding the ranch checking cattle, fences, and range, gardening and spending time with her husband and three daughters and friends.