Susan May

My husband and I purchased our home on Seabrook in 2015, and lived here part-time for several years while still working.  We now live on Seabrook full time, and LOVE IT. Our three grown daughters and their families love coming here whenever they can, as well.

I served as Assistant General Counsel at Subaru of America for nearly 30 years, many of which I spent as the head employment lawyer for the company.  One thing I learned was how to get along with a wide variety of people.  I also learned that in order to gain my co-workers’ respect, I had to be willing to listen and to think about how the various decisions I made might impact them. I loved my job and the people I worked with, and I feel that I can bring this same sense of respect and willingness to learn to the SIPOA Board, if I am fortunate enough to be elected.

Seabrook is a magical place, but it is not immune from real world problems.   As Seabrook has grown, so too have our issues, like formulating and enforcing policies that are equitable to both residents and owners who choose to rent their properties, meeting ever-challenging budgetary constraints (particularly in this inflationary period), balancing increased building demand while still valuing our open space and protecting our vibrant wildlife, and maintaining or finding sufficient parking.

I am currently serving my second year on the SIPOA Legal Committee, as well as my first year on the Finance Committee. To say that I have learned a lot about Seabrook from serving on these committees is an understatement, and I believe I have contributed to these committees with not just the professional experience I gained during my career, but with a solid common sense, practical approach.

Finally, I want to stress the word “community.”  My husband and I carefully researched and visited several places in which to retire.  Seabrook “won,” not just because it is beautiful, but because it offers a true community in which to live. And I view our community as more than Seabrook.  It is also Johns Island, which has schools that need our help.  I volunteer as a reading tutor at Zion Elementary School.

In sum, I would love to try to bring my past experience and current community involvement to the SIPOA Board to help address the challenges we face, and to preserve all the wonderful positives and opportunities which both Seabrook and the greater community in which we live offer us all.

Thank you.

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