Nevada resident Susan Radke grew up on her family’s century farm in Forest City, Iowa, where she learned the values of faith in God, hard work, honesty and concern for others. The second of five children, Susan worked summers at Winnebago Industries to pay her college tuition and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1972 from the University of Iowa.
As an Iowa Department of Human Services social worker, Susan investigated child abuse cases and worked with foster children and families. She helped the elderly and their families as a medical social worker. Susan is currently employed at Iowa State University in the Naval Science Department (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps). She is also vice president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 96. Susan will receive her master’s degree in industrial relations in May 2008.
Susan is married to Jerry, a retired soil physicist who is seeking his third term as a Story County Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner. The couple have three adult children. Daughter Emily McLain is a guidance counselor at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. Daughter Christina (Tina) Larson lives in Clear Lake with her husband, Joe, and 6 year-old son, Austin, and is a nurse at Bethany Life Communities in Story City. Son Frank McLain was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 16 and lives in Mason City with assistance from the North Iowa Transition Center, Supported Community Living program.
Susan volunteers on the Analysis of Social Services Evaluation Team (ASSET) – part of a team that makes tough decisions. In this process, nonprofit human service agencies apply for allocations from ASSET funds. The ASSET team makes allocation recommendations based on specific criteria: community need and support, clients served, coordination efforts and cost of service. Susan is the liaison representing Heartland Senior Services, The ARC of Story County and ACCESS – Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support.
Susan belongs to Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada. She has been involved with the League of Women Voters, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Business Women’s Association, the Nevada Community Historical Society and the Sons of Norway fraternal organization. She was a district governor for the Lions Clubs of Iowa, responsible for 47 Lions clubs, four Lioness clubs and two Leo (high school) clubs in seven central Iowa counties. She also started the first Lions Campus Club in Iowa at Iowa State University with many ISU students from District 10.