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Susanne Karch began volunteering at San Quentin with the S.Q.U.I.R.E.S. program in 2012. From the beginning she was extremely impressed with the quality of the men she met inside and she promptly became a subscriber of the San Quentin News. She is honored to contribute her time to helping the SQN grow its donor base.
Born and raised in Germany, Susanne emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 8. After many years in the corporate world as a sales executive on both coasts, she took time off to care for her ailing parents. Susanne has been self-employed for the past 18 years and has lived in the Bay Area since 1989.
I am a native of Connecticut, but have lived in the Bay Area for all but six years since 1964. I served in the Marine Corps after high school and completed my undergraduate work at The University of Connecticut and my graduate studies at Stanford University. My Ph.D. dissertation research took me to Bogotá, Colombia where I lived for a year. I taught modern Latin American history and Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota for five years. I returned to the Bay Area in 1974 to launch an electronics business which I administered until I retired in 1989. In retirement, I became an art student and have done course work at the College of Marin and San Francisco City College as well as numerous workshops. I consider myself primarily a 3 dimensional artist and work with a wide variety of materials from steel to digital images.
For years I have been interested in issues of criminal and social justice; that interest often manifested itself in my art. I realized the opportunities of service at San Quentin when a SQN volunteer invited me to Peace Day in 2017. After meeting the staff I became convinced that I could make a contribution and since then I have focused my efforts on the search for sources of funding for the San Quentin News.