Sue Petrisin


Susan A. “Sue” Petrisin of Lansing, Michigan, is immediate past president of Kiwanis International. She served as president during 2015-16 and was the first woman in Kiwanis International’s history to serve in this role.

Sue is a 28-year member of the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing, Michigan. She has served in nearly every leadership capacity in her club, earning honors as distinguished president in 1995-96. She served as the vice chair of Kiwanis’ global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project, during its initial year, overseeing the Service Leadership programs.

As a member of the international board, Sue has been board counselor to Key Club and member of the Education, Governance, Programs and Partnerships, Executive, and Audit and Finance Committees, as well as multiple districts. At the district level, she was governor in 2001-02, chairwoman of the strategic planning committee, CKI and Key Club administrator. As a collegian, Sue was CKI Vice President in 1985-86 and distinguished governor in 1984-85; in high school she was Key Club governor in 1979-80 and district secretary/treasurer in 1978-79. She is the first person in Kiwanis International’s history to serve as Key Club Governor, Circle K Governor and Kiwanis Governor.

A life member with 28 years of perfect attendance, Sue holds several distinguished awards from her club and several districts. She also is a recipient of the foundation’s Tablet of Honor and a member of Kiwanis International Foundation's Heritage Society.

Sue holds a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations and bachelor’s degrees in food science and dietetics from Michigan State University, East Lansing.