Ms. Suzanne Vessella's strong commitment to public service has led to an over 18 year career with the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General's Office. Serving as a former supervisor in the Bureau of School audits, Ms. Vessella supervised and audited many of the public schools in western Pennsylvania and conducted fiscal and compliance audits. She was also responsible for updating and rewriting portions of the department's training manuals for new auditors. In February 2004, Ms. Vessella accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in the Operations Review Department.
Appointed to the Council in 2003, and appointed as Vice-Chair in June, 2005, Vessella enjoys her role as a Trustee of Slippery Rock University as it presents a new opportunity to further serve the community. She says, "Our public schools and our Commonwealth's System of Higher Education are the foundation on which our future leaders will be built. It is our responsibility to create an open and diverse environment in which growth, education and enrichment can take place." An active member, she was appointed by the President to the planning committee for the Equestrian Center.
Ms. Vessella received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in 1984. At Duquesne, she was involved with service and social organizations. These experiences made her realize the important roles these types of organizations play in creating a complete educational experience.
Actively involved in the sport of purebred dogs, breeding and showing Keeshonden, Ms. Vessella's kennel has produced some of the annual top dogs in the breed as well as producing a top-winning dog in breed history. She is currently Vice President of the Buckeye Keeshonden Club and served as co-chairman of the 2005 National Keeshonden Specialty show.