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Sue Snyder has long been a supporter of Michigan’s families. As first lady, she has dedicated herself to causes focused on the health, safety, and overall wellness of the state’s women, children and students.
Most recently, in June 2015, she became an advocate for campus sexual assault prevention, aiming to help make Michigan a leader in addressing this sensitive but important issue.
In addition to assault prevention, Snyder works closely with Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children with locations across the state, and is a Fostering Futures supporter, a program working to provide foster children with the resources needed to pursue higher education. She is also an advocate for multiple organizations highlighting infant safe sleep practices to help end preventable childhood deaths.
As an 11-year breast cancer survivor herself, Snyder is very passionate about working with a variety of cancer awareness and treatment organizations. She believes all women should have access to necessary and often life-saving breast cancer prevention and treatment programs.
Prior to her time as first lady, Snyder served on the board of the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, a non-profit center for teens designed to promote personal growth and realize their dreams. She is past-president of the board at Daycroft Montessori School, where she also served as development chair.
Snyder is a Dearborn native with life-long ties to the Southeast Michigan region. She met the Governor while both were working at Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) in Detroit. They were married in 1987 and celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in May.
The Snyders now reside in Ann Arbor where they raised their three children; Jeff (26), who recently graduated with a master’s degree in social work, Melissa (23) who recently earned her bachelor’s degree, both from the University of Michigan, and Kelsey (19), a college sophomore who also attends the University of Michigan. The family has a beagle named Duggan.