Susan Stodola accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency in March 2023. She has resided in Phoenix since 1984, after moving here from Rockford, Illinois. Susan obtained her BS degree in Secondary Education and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979, and she later obtained her Master’s Degree from NAU in Counseling and Human Relations. She completed an additional nine credits in counseling from Ottawa University. She was employed for twenty-eight years as a probation officer and supervisor of probation officers, both in Rockford and with the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. For the past
fourteen years, she has worked as a capital mitigation specialist, as part of the defense team working on both capital and non-capital murder cases. She has served on the board of Gompers Habilitation Center, Rosie’s House and the Human Rights Committee at the Arizona State Hospital. She has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).