Susanne Hayes was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She and her husband, Dr. Richard Hayes, moved to Raleigh in the 1970’s where they raised their three children, Catherine, Helen, and Richard. Susanne received her B.A. from Akron University, M.A. from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctorate from Campbell Law School. She practiced law at Poyner & Spruill law firm until her retirement.
Susanne has been an ardent and active supporter of Healing Transitions since it first opened its doors. She has served on the Healing Transitions Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and the Healing Transitions Endowment Board.