Meet ... Susan Trieschmann

Susan started college at the age of 48 at Oakton Community College and graduated from DePaul when she was 51.  She did not have a goal to use her degree after college.   She had an entrepreneurial spirit and had two businesses under her belt, she just wanted to get a degree before her two children received theirs. 

Susan has always been in the food service industry – from waitressing at RJ Grunts in Glenview to Director of Catering at the famous Pump Room.  She opened her first company, Food For Thought - a Catering and Food Service Enterprise - with two partners: Nancy (her sister) and Curt (her brother in law).  They built Food For Thought from $300 to $25M dollars.  She had also recently started a company, Home Transitions, to help her other sister that downsized and moved Seniors that were transitioning to senior living residences.

Sue is an entrepreneur who did social service volunteering for causes like Million Mom March and Suicide Watch but she never planned on getting into the non-profit industry until she mistakenly (as I’m sure she will tell the story) ended up in her first Restorative Justice Class in 2007.   Susan has since started a non-profit called Curts Café in Evanston and continues to volunteer in her community.