Susan Dianne Neumann, who combined a passion for historic preservation with a penchant for volunteering and a talent for helping nonprofit groups, died June 24, 2011, from complications after surgery. She was 39.
She was born in 1972 in Chambersburg, Pa. She graduated from James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., in 1990, and then moved to the Washington area for college. She lived in Alexandria, Va., and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
After graduating from George Washington University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor concentration in military history, Mrs. Neumann began her career by working for nonprofits in support of our nation’s service members. She first worked for the International Military Community Executives Association before working at the Association of the United States Army, where she helped establish the office for the Army Historical Foundation.
Beginning in 1997, she worked for nearly 13 years for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., the last six years as director of member engagement. At the National Trust, she directed “This Place Matters,” an outreach program designed to broaden citizen awareness of and participation in the preservation of valued historical places throughout the country. While at the trust, in 2005, Susan earned a master’s degree in public administration with concentrations in nonprofit management and strategic planning from George Mason University.
For the last year, Susan worked as a consultant at Charity Dynamics, Inc., where she developed online advocacy, communication and fundraising strategies for a number of national nonprofit organizations, including Volunteers of America and the American Nurses Association.
Susan was a lifelong volunteer for charitable causes, beginning in high school, where she volunteered to work with veterans of the Vietnam War. An enthusiastic lover of foreign travel, Ireland was especially dear to her, and she visited numerous times. During a two-month sabbatical from the national trust during the summer of 2008, she lived in Dublin and volunteered her expertise to An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 15 years, Michael J. Neumann; her parents, R. Andrew Miller and Audrey M. Miller of Mercersburg; a brother, David Miller of El Paso, Texas; seven nieces and nephews; and her grandmother, Mildred Hoffman of Greencastle, Pa.
She will be interred at Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at noon.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Susan’s memory to the following organizations: Wounded Warrior Project; Catholic Relief Services; Animal Welfare League of Alexandria; and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (please add “In memory of Susan Neumann” in the comment box).
Susan D. Neumann, 39
1972-JUNE 24, 2011
Susan D. Neumann