Susan Maydwell, President
Susan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Susan is compassionate to the human condition and has been practicing medicine as an associate provider since 2003. Sue has led medical missionary trips to Haiti and previously served on the Board of Hundred Nights, Inc., a homeless shelter in Keene. Susan started the “Be Well Clinic” at Hundred Nights, which offered free health care to people who are medically underinsured or uninsured.
Prior to her career as an associate provider, Susan worked as a customer service representative for an environmental firm, business development manager for a biotech firm, and a national sales manager for a small business. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College. She has served on the Board of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Keene, and the Franklin Pierce University Master of Physician Assistant Advisory Board. Susan served on the Board of HorseTenders Mustang Foundation, Inc. helping to support and promote the American Mustang wellbeing.
Susan was asked to participate in a discussion panel regarding adverse childhood experiences on behalf of Cooper's Crossroad in 2018, and was influenced by the book “The Deepest Well” by Nadine Burke Harris, MD. On the insert of the book reads “A pioneering physician reveals just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted for life by childhood adversity—and what we can do to break the cycle.” This speaking engagement sparked Susan's interest to support and promote Cooper's Crossroad and its mission to raise awareness of the profound and insidious effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences through education and outreach. Cooper's Crossroad also started the Farming for Resilience program, which is an integrative program to build skills of resilience through outdoor experiences for students from local schools.
Susan reports it is an exciting time to land at the footsteps of Cooper’s Crossroad so early in its inception as it gains momentum with regards to establishing its presence within the community, providing lectures series and film screenings to the public, and developing programs like Farming for Resilience.
She says, “We recognize as a board the importance of forming alliances and collaboration with like-minded organizations within Cheshire County to successfully build a healthier community. With the right tools and appropriate guidance people can overcome adversity which opens doors to 'breaking the cycle' and offers opportunity for healing.”