Education and Professional Experience

Training and Education:

  • Sue is certified in collaborative divorce and mediation, and is an experienced custody evaluator. 
  • She has served as a parenting coordinator through appointments by the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has testified on behalf of children and families in both Montgomery County, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Sue graduated magna cum laude with highest honors with a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Leadership Positions (Past and Present):

  • Co-President and board member, Collaborative Divorce Association
  • Chair, Process Subcommittee of the Metropolitan Washington, DC Best Practice Protocol for a Full Team Model
  • Co-Chair, Ethics Committee of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council
  • Chair, The Umbrella Group, facilitating area wide trainings and activities for the Metropolitan Washington, DC collaborative community
  • Board member, Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals
  • Board member, District of Columbia Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Board member, Maryland Collaborative Practice Council

Presentations and Lectures:

  • Lectured at Georgetown University Law School, American University Law School, George Washington University Law School, University of Maryland Law School, University of Virginia Law School, and University of Baltimore Law School. 
  • Quoted in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. 
  • Presenter, Defining Advocacy in the Collaborative Process, International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners 11th Annual Networking and Educational Forum.
  • Presenter, D.C. Metro’s Best Practice Protocol Resource for a Full Team Model, International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners 11th Annual Networking and Educational Forum.
  • Presenter, Anatomy of the First Meeting, International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, 16th Annual Networking and Educational Forum, 2015.
  • Presenter, Metropolitan Washington, DC Collaborative Practice Road Show.
  • Published blogs:


  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP)
  • DC Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (DCACP)
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (CDRP)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)