SUSAN A. “SUE” PETRISIN
KIWANIS CLUB OF EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN
KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT-ELECT


Susan A. “Sue” Petrisin of Lansing, Michigan, was elected as president-elect of Kiwanis International in July 2014, the first woman in Kiwanis International’s history to serve in this role. She assumes the role of president in October, 2015. 

Sue is a 27-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 Committee, 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 27 years of perfect attendance, Sue holds several distinguished awards from her club. 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.