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Susan E. Chamberlin

First term: 2004 – 2010
Second term: June 2012 – June 2015
NOLS Courses: 1991 - 25 and Over Wyoming Wilderness, 1994 - Trip Leader Seminar, 1997 - 25 and Over Winter Ski Course, 2002 - 30 and Over Alaska Sea Kayaking, 2007 PNW Outdoor Educator, 2007 Wilderness First Responder, 2009 Wilderness First Aid, and numerous Alumni, Invitational, and Board Trips

Susan ChamberlinSusan served her first term on the NOLS Board of Trustees 2004-2010. From June 2006 to June 2007 Susan served as Vice Chair. Susan was elected to a second term on the board in June 2012.

Susan’s first NOLS course was a gift to herself upon graduating from law school. The four subsequent NOLS courses, the handful of alumni trips and seminars and her first term on the Board of Trustees have been just as important in guiding and benefiting her career and life as has her law degree from Wake Forest University and her bachelors in psychology from the University of Maryland. Susan spent the first half of her career and life in Washington, D.C., first practicing and teaching law, and then as vice president for government affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute.

After taking a year off to travel and study literature and philosophy, Susan is currently launching the second half of her career by pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Susan currently lives on the lake front in downtown Chicago where she has easy access to triathlon training and sailing.

Board of Trustees Profiles in Alphabetical Order …

Greg M. Avis
James B. Barnes
F. Fox Benton III
Robert O. Bethge
Caroline B. Burnett
Joan K. Chitiea
David W. Cohen
Howard P. Colhoun

T. Morgan Dixon
Jane Foley Fried
N. Stuart Harris
Stefan Jackson
Donald M. Kendall
Fred J. Kleisner
Douglas S. Luke
Homer L. Luther

Ethan O. Meers
Annie Morita
Herbie Ogden, M.D.
Cynthia A. Pierce
Marc B. Randolph
Monica Rimai
Michael Schmertzler
Gene R. Tremblay

Students practice real leadership at NOLS, especially skills like how to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
Photo: Michelle Schibonski

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