Susan Brixon-Hastings was born and raised in Greenbrae. She attended college in Hawaii, Chaminade University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Semester at Sea. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s College in Moraga and her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage Family Therapy from Dominican University in San Rafael in 1985. Susan taught school and counseled children at The Child Center, focusing on children with learning challenges and emotional difficulties. She then worked in a private practice in San Rafael as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.
Susan began as an intern in 1984 while working on her Master’s in Family Therapy. She went on to work at Lifehouse for 20 years, starting as the Program Director (group homes) and Follow-up Services (community apartment living), and then as the Supervisor of Independent Living. She retired in 2004 and has continued to this day as an important member of the Lifehouse Human Rights Committee offering her assistance and expertise on important issues affecting the people we serve.
Susan and her husband, Time, have been married for 27 years and have a passion for international travel, dogs, and animal welfare.