16 Mar The Faces of Hitchcock: Sue Tager
Check out our new feature, “Faces of Hitchcock”, and get to know the many faces behind the work at Hitchcock Center for Women.
Our first feature is Sue Tager, Executive Director.
1. Tell us a little bit about your background.
After obtaining my Master’s Degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University, I was fortunate to work at St. Luke’s Hospital for almost 10 years. I worked with adolescents and adults with behavioral health issues, some on the inpatient units, others in the residential substance use programs. For the last 18 years I have worked at New Directions, an adolescent and young adult behavioral health agency. It was while at New Directions that I became passionate about gender-responsive treatment focusing on the unique needs of females and empowering them to find their voice and path to success.
2. Why did you choose to work with people in recovery?
Being a people-person, I was drawn to helping others at a young age. My mother’s active volunteerism and promotion of giving to others and overcoming challenges further spurred me on to be a “helper at heart”. During college, I became energized by my classes on human development, change and resilience and wanted to be a part of helping others find hope.
3. What is your favorite Hitchcock success story?
In my relatively short time at HCFW, I have witnessed many successes, both big and small. The women with children who decide to walk through the doors, hoping that this is the time and place where she can turn around her life – Success! The pregnant women who have delivered their babies and keep on track with their recovery – Success! The working woman who loses her job and home, and she comes to treatment, lives in Recovery Housing and proudly shares she was taken back by her former workplace and is moving into an apartment – Success! Bottom line – my favorite success story is that Hitchcock has been around for 40 years and has in some fashion impacted thousands of women’s lives!
4. What is something unique that people may not know about you?
I am fascinated by history, architecture and genealogy. Tracing my family tree back to England and visiting the small village where my ancestors lived in the 12th century before immigrating to the New World is one of my favorite memories. Also, many people probably don’t know that many of the buildings in Cleveland where they might have visited (the Old Cleveland Stadium and Severance Hall) were designed by Great-Grandfather.