Susan M. Gramling, JD, joined NCCD in 1998 as a senior program specialist after serving as a Children’s Research Center trainer for the child protective services (CPS) Structured Decision Making® model. Susan received her law degree in May 1996 from the University of Wisconsin, and focuses her legal practice on work as a guardian ad litem, guardianships, custody issues in family law, and special education law.
Prior to law school, Susan worked for more than 25 years with central city and rural children with special needs and their families. With a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, Susan facilitated communication, not only by providing therapy to her clients, but also by participating in and conducting focus groups within and among the systems that impacted them. She has developed an expertise in working effectively with social service, educational, juvenile justice, and health care systems. As a non-profit agency executive director for six years, Susan gained practical experience collecting data, writing research reports and proposals on agency programs, and presenting them to public and private funders as well as executive and legislative bodies. Acting as a fiscal manager, Susan learned first-hand the need to demonstrate program efficiency and effectiveness in order to support the rationale for specific human and financial resource allocations. Her experience in system design includes projects such as a statewide telecommunication relay service, training programs on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the restructuring of Milwaukee County’s Birth-to-Three program.