Susan (Sue) Church participated in HOI’s first Honduras mission trip in 1990. She became Chair of the Health/Medical Committee in 1991, joined the Board of Directors in 1993, and served as Executive Director of HOI from 1993-2003. Ms. Church also served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2007-2010. She is currently Chair of the Community Development Committee and the Government Relations Committee.
Ms. Church has also served in many volunteer leadership roles at her church and in her community.
As a physical therapy graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Church and her husband (also a physical therapist) moved to Atlanta in 1965 with 3 other rehabilitation professionals to initiate the U.S. Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center at Emory University. In the late 1980s they started a private practice supporting children and adults with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. As a physical therapist with a passion for the people of Honduras, Ms. Church worked with Dr. Nery Madrid in Honduras to start the Physical Therapy School at the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She continues to participate in Honduras mission trips with HOI as well as supporting HOI’s Nicaragua mission trips.
Ms. Church lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of 47 years. They have two grown and married children and six grandchildren.