Susan "Sue" Infelt Work

Profile Updated: July 14, 2021
Residing In: Lincolnshire, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Mitch Work
Occupation: Retired CEO at Holy Family Ministries. Currently I do a little consulting with nonprofit organizations, including Holy Family Ministries.
Class Year: 1967
Yes! Attending Reunion

After college I taught for a couple of years before going to grad school at U of FL. I returned to IA for an administrative position at Central College, Pella. While there, I met my husband Mitch in Des Moines and later we moved on to the Philadelphia area where I earned my doctorate in psych at U Penn while working at the Penn Counseling Center. After 8 years there we relocated to Chicago with our two small daughters. I continued to work as a psychologist but also started helping my brother Chuck, who was a pastor in Cabrini Green, a huge public housing development. We started a school for the kids there and eventually I stopped being a therapist and became full time administrator of our nonprofit, Holy Family Ministries, which eventually included four other programs as well as the school: Today it's a $5MM+ organization but I retired a few years ago. I still do a little consulting in nonprofit management and oversee our charity resale store (shades of Dad's passion for retail in Waverly!) Mitch continues to dabble in his marketing/PR consulting business so we stay busy. Our two daughters are Jessica, a consultant to humanitarian organizations in SE Asia, and Emily, Sr. Director in a large corporation, and now working remotely out of Ann Arbor. Mitch and I love to travel, read, garden, & swim----and we spend a few months in the winter in MX.

School Story:

How about when WSR produced Thornton WIlder's "Our Town" for the fall play---a play that featured about 30 dead people sitting on chairs onstage in a representation of former townspeople now in their graves. They reminisce about theif past lives in their lovely small town. It's supposed to be heart warming and sentimental for life the way it used to be. Jane Grawe had a prominent role among the dead people and her soliloquy, which focused on her life on the family farm, ended with the line, "Ahhh yeah, right smart farm, un-huh." Except that on opening night she said, "Ahhh yeah, right fart smarm, un-huh." Needless to say, many of the kids onstage playing deceased people broke up laughing. is one of my favorite memories of Jane, my next-door neighbor and childhood friend.

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