Sue Getman is the Deputy Director of $tand By Me, providing administrative and operational support to the coalition of community partners led by the State of Delaware and United Way of Delaware that offers personal financial coaching to help Delawareans navigate the challenges leading to economic security.
Prior to joining $tand By Me in November of 2016, Sue was the executive director of the Wilmington Senior Center for 20 years. During her tenure at Wilmington Senior Center Sue worked with board members, staff, volunteers and community stakeholders to sustain and enrich the lives of older adults. Results of these partnerships include creation of a Grandparent Resource Center for grandparents raising grandchildren, Caregiver Resource Center for family caregivers, and $tand By Me 50+, which provides financial empowerment, benefits access and retirement preparation for seniors. Sue also led two multi-million dollar capital improvements projects that renovated the senior center’s headquarters and Lafayette Court Senior Apartments.
Sue has been a community advocate throughout her career. She is a founder and past chair of the Delaware Aging Network, a coalition of senior services providers that has raised awareness of and funding for the needs of Delaware’s elderly population since 2006. She chaired the United Way of Delaware Council of Agency Executives and was a member of the UWD Women’s Leadership Council. Sue is also the immediate past chair of the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), the country’s only organization for senior center professionals. Prior to chairing NISC, she led the Economic Security task force and participated on the Public Policy committee.
Earlier in her nonprofit career Sue directed Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in counseling from Rider University. She is an active member of both First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, New Jersey and First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Sue and her husband, parents of three adult children, live in Wilmington.