Susan Vandevelde,Westfield

Brad Balentine

Employer: Retired, Westfield Academy & Central Schools
Board Member since 2011

Family:  I have been married to Carl VandeVelde for 44 years. We have two children. Angela VandeVelde, an architect, who lives in Costa Mesa, Califronia and Mark VandeVelde, a financial advisor, who lives with his wife and three sons in Auburn, Indiana.

Biography: I was born and raised in Westfield,NY where I still reside today. I attended Clarion University where I received my bachelors degree in Mathematics. I also attended SUNY of Fredonia where I received my masters degree in Mathematics Education. I taught high school and middle school math at Westfield Central School for 24 years. I retired from teaching in 2009 and have enjoyed visiting my grandchildren, traveling, gardening and golfing ever since.

What is something people would not expect about you?

That I am very shy and reluctant to make conversation with someone I don’t know very well.

What is your favorite quote?

Start each day with a grateful heart.

What drew you to United Way?

I love to volunteer and was drawn to the United Way because it as an impact on so many people in Western NY through a large variety of platforms.

What do you love about United Way?

I love that it helps so many community partners in a great number of different ways.