Susan Kaminski has made a science of making positive changes, first in the corporate world, then in her community. She honed the scientific method while studying physics at Clemson University, working as a staff scientist at the MIT Lincoln Lab, then at Polaroid. Her professional life turned toward customer and employee service at Applied Materials, a high-tech giant in semiconductors and chips. After moving from engineering into executive management roles, Susan retired in 2001.
A professional consultant, Susan supports small companies during startup—and has volunteered as a past partner and past board chair of Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners. Kids’ causes are top-tier with Susan, who co-founded and co-chaired Youth Connect, served as past president of the Child Health Association of Sewickley and the boards of Allies for Children, Nurture PA and Sewickley Valley YMCA. Artsy and outdoorsy, she’s on the Fern Hollow Nature Center board and the advisory board for Sweetwater Center for the Arts. As a weekly Meals on Wheels volunteer, she makes sure seniors feel the love as well.
Somehow (using the scientific method?) this mother of three creates time for Village Theater Company and watching films, especially those populated by quirky people and a sense of humor (think Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Silver Linings Playbook). Her preferences are a far afield from the documentary and old war flicks husband Greg prefers, but they found common ground with Trading Places.