Meet the Board

Member Bio

Susan Arnold

Operations Committee

2nd board term: 2023 - 2026


Susan Arnold began volunteering for Safe Harbor in 2018 and knew immediately she had found her calling. She took over training and scheduling for the Facility Managers the following year and joined the board in 2020. She served her first term from 2020 - 2023 and was relected for a second term at the Annual Meeting in June 2023. Formerly Chair of the Building Committee, Susan now helps manage the staff. 


Fluent in Arabic, Susan worked as a translator for the U.S. Navy for six years. She moved to Traverse City when she got out of the service in 2007, following her parents who had relocated earlier.


Susan is also an entrepreneur who runs a home business—Customs by Susan, an Etsy shop selling custom masks and shirts--that allows her to stay at home with her four children and help her husband, Kris, a local builder.


Susan feels Safe Harbor is a haven not just the guests but the volunteers as well, a place where all can feel the Christ-like love of their brothers and sisters.