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Human Resources' Susan Van Buren Committed To Service

At the recent campaign kick off event held at SEPTA headquarters, Assistant General Manager of Human Resources, Susan Van Buren, thanked department and district coordinators for last year's United Way fund raising efforts and challenged them to surpass their previous successes. During her seven year tenure, she has always cheered and pushed the authority's employees to give, but this year she has a vested interest in encouraging their generosity. As a newly appointed member of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania board and a member of the HR committee, she is expected to promote the board mission - to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of donors, volunteers and communities. The campaign chairperson responsible for mobilizing the Authority's work force is Assistant General Manager of Public and Operational Safety Jim Jordan. Jordan remarked, "Susan doesn't need to worry, we won't let her down."

During the 2009 campaign, employees donated more than $290,000, increasing the previous year's total by $22,000.

"The United Way helps so many and we have been very successful in our fundraising efforts with them over the years," said Van Buren. "We are proud that our employees have consistently shown a tremendous amount of support each year."

In addition to serving her three year term with the United Way, AGM Van Buren is SEPTA's representative on several other non-profit advisory boards and committees. She is a member of Philadelphia Community College's advisory board and a long standing member of the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Forum of Executive Women, whose mission is to expand the impact and influence of women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region.

"I like service work and the service environment. We have so much at SEPTA. It's good to give back to the community. Doing whatever I can do to let the community know they're important to the Authority, is important to me," she noted.

She is especially proud of the Stop Hunger at Your Station food drive organized in the early summer with Philabundance and the numerous fundraisers, walks and runs in which employees participate throughout the year.

On November 1, Van Buren will accept an award from Philadelphia Academies, Inc., for sponsoring a shadowing program for charter school students interested in careers in operations and mechanics. The well deserved award will be presented by the school's president, Lisa Nutter at the National Career Academy Coalition's 13th Annual Conference.

United Way board member and AGM Susan Van Buren joined by campaign partners

A moment at her desk - Assistant General Manager Susan Van Buren