Susan has a passion for whole health. After experiencing the devastation of substance abuse, she founded a prevention coalition in 2008. Drug Free Duval now has over 1500 members dedicated to freedom from substance abuse.
Susan’s experiences include corporate lending for a major bank and the development of a consultancy focused on business, government and nonprofit work. She served on staff to Florida House Member, Dan Webster, then as policy advisor for Florida Senate President Jim King. Since 2010, Susan has provided expert testimony to the Florida Legislature regarding the impact to prevention on proposed laws. Susan has been honored as a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Duval County Council of PTAs and Drug Free America Foundation for work in reducing substance abuse through population level change. She worked with an international health matters initiative developing a 5-county strategic plan and served as Vice Chair of CCA representing 23 Florida counties. She designed the community perspective to Harvard Medical School’s Extension Education online Opioid and Heroin course and has been a speaker/panelist at events around the US and St. Croix regarding the opioid/heroin epidemic. She served on the Editorial Review Board of the Florida Times Union, and is a member of the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health-Public Health Advisory Group. Susan’s favorite work is family: her husband and four crazy awesome kids, their spouses and two precious grandbabies.
With the goal of freedom from substance misuse for all, Susan is committed to changing the culture regarding alcohol and substance abuse and to leave a community that has learned to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Sally Finn is deeply engaged in the health and wellness of the community she calls home: Duval County, Florida. Having been actively involved in substance misuse strategies through her affiliation with Drug Free Duval since 2009, Sally has spearheaded the implementation of exciting and creative data-driven environmental strategies. As the Vice Chairman of the School Health Advisory Council for Duval County Public Schools, Sally helped identify tools and strategies to assist youth before they have encountered the justice system, and is a champion for prevention that results in change. Under Sally’s leadership, there are over 40 formalized partnerships cross-collateralizing the important efforts toward freedom from substance misuse for all. Sally brings a variety of skills to her work. Her background in human resources working with several companies from a national merchandiser to an international higher education organization has helped her identify and meet the needs of the people in Duval County, while her development knowledge lends great insight into sustainability. Sally is a graduate of Michigan State University. She has received numerous awards and acclimations recognizing her work, including the Sheriff’s Commendation for Contribution to Safety, University of North Florida’s Eta Sigma Betta Award for Contribution to Public Health. In addition, the Duval County SHAC, under Sally’s headship, was recognized by the Florida Department of Education as the top in the state. Sally is married and has three children, one grandson, and one granddaughter, who are the delight of her life.