Staff Spotlight: Susan Lysek

Susan Lysek loves working for sasi. She loves the people we support. She loves her coworkers. She loves everything about it. That’s fitting for someone who started her sasi career on Valentine’s Day.

Susan loves sasi so much that she came back as a Substitute DSP at our North Blossom residence after she retired. And sasi loves her right back.

“Susan is retired, but she has been working almost as a full-time staff, helping with the needs of our guys,” said Lori Schaffer, residential director of North Blossom. “She always comes in with a positive attitude and smiling. The guys are always happy to see her. She goes the extra mile to make sure that these guys are well taken care of and getting them all participating in something that is one of their goals. They maybe did not feel like doing it, but she would think outside of the box and come up with something fun at the same time, getting the guys to complete their goals.”

Next month, Susan will mark 15 years with sasi. We recently caught up with her to learn a little more about her life. Here is what she had to say:

What do you love about your job?
I love when I walk in. Everyone gives me a warm welcome. I love working directly with the residents. It doesn’t matter if we are cooking diner or making a snack, someone helps. I like the 3-11 shift best, because everyone is home. I enjoy outside activities or just sitting at the table having a conversation, playing a game, or coloring.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? What are your hobbies and interests?
Outside of work, I enjoy going for long walks with my dog. I like bowling, reading a good book, and bingo. 

What is your favorite movie line?
“You’re killing me, Smalls!” 

What would be your theme song?
“I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy.

Tell us about your family. Who are they?
I have one daughter, who is my BFF, and two grandchildren.

What’s something you cannot resist?
I could never resist buying a new pair of shoes. I also can’t resist puppies and babies.

Give us one fun fact about you.
I have been bowling in the same bowling league for 38 years and am still a lousy bowler.

What is your favorite quote?
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” – John Heywood