Susan A. Martin

Susan Martin

Susan A. Martin has worked for over 30 years in the field of education and brings this experience and insight to Seize the Year.

Most recently at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Susan worked with the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, Registrar, Faculty and Students to address the ongoing pedagogical direction of the undergraduate curriculum including the development and evaluation of programs/courses/services in reading, writing and critical thinking. Working directly with students, Susan, provided academic choices and alternatives who designed individual programs of study, while negotiating academic requirements, polices and procedures. In addition, she assisted with the development of the self-studies for reaccreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

At Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Susan, as the Co-Director of the Internship Program initiated, nurtured and maintained contacts with employers in education, fine arts, architecture, design, computer graphics for internship placement and conducted a weekly seminar addressing the professional challenges facing students, ethics in the workplace, career choices, resume/cover letter development. As the Director of the Saturday Art School, Susan was responsible for the educational and creative development of 300+ children enrolled in laboratory school, hired faculty, supervisors and student teachers, developed and implemented innovative learning contracts incorporating needs assessments, performance objectives and teacher/student evaluations.

In addition, to teaching at the college level, Susan has taught students in public and private high schools and worked with not-for-profit organizations to develop meaningful learning experiences and course evaluations.

Susan A. Martin received her Bachelor’s degree from Holy Names College and her Masters in Fine Arts from the California College for the Arts.

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Yasmin Lambie-Simpson - Seize the Year

Yasmin Lambie-Simpson

Yasmin Lambie-Simpson is excited to be Susan’s partner in Seize the Year. With her unique background in Fine Arts, Transformative and Holistic Studies, coupled with 25 years of experience in higher education, Yasmin is capable of thinking strategically to find solutions for challenging situations.

Yasmin empowers young adults for all of life’s encounters by developing co-curricular programs that include leadership development, service programs and reflection. In her most recent role as Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College, Yasmin collaborated with Academic Affairs to develop a First-Year Experience program. One of the aspects of that program is to help students assess how they learn so that they can be more prepared for academic rigor and living in a diverse community. While the landscape for career and educational development is vast and wide, having the ability to match individual goals and unique skills with available opportunities is key to one’s continued success.

Yasmin, a mother of three college age students, credits them for keeping her abreast about the rapid changes in technology that create relevant opportunities for creative and intellectual growth. Technology is helping to define future employment, and learning how to communicate across diverse cultural lines will strengthen a student’s ability to be equipped for careers not yet defined. Yasmin also believes that travel of any kind that puts one out of his or her comfort zone is a beneficial learning experience. As an immigrant to the United states from England, Yasmin has lived in three different countries and her travels have included bus trips through Europe, extended travel in the Caribbean and a printmaking workshop in Jaipur India.

Yasmin received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and her Master’s degree in Holistic Studies/Transformative Art from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.

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All photos on this website are by John Mackenzie or Gabriel Stoltzfus.
We are grateful to Larry Thomas for the design of the Seize the Year logo.