Susan Temere teaches in Waukee, Adel and Dallas Center school districts in the middle schools and high schools. She also is an instructor of speech communications at Des Moines Area Community College. Specifically, she teaches public speaking, group dynamics and interpersonal communications. She has been teaching since 1997.
In 2006 and three previous election cycles, Susan was employed as a political consultant/election organizer for women’s groups’ targeted and endorsed races, such as the gubernatorial race of Gov. Chet Culver, state Senate and state House races.
Susan was executive director for nine years of a nonprofit she co-founded for women facing discrimination in their jobs. The organization provided support, information and training to women and organizations concerning the identification and proper handling of such problems related to human resource management concerns.
Susan was employed at General Motors for 18 years in industrial security, employee communications and as a first-line supervisor in the car assembly plant. While employed as a supervisor, she effectively handled labor relations and administered the UAW contract for 40 hourly employees on the car assembly line. For three years in security, she was elected as steward or union representative and participated in contract negotiations between management and the union. She also was a co-editor of a departmental employee newsletter.
As a citizen lobbyist, Susan played a significant role in passage of the Criminal Sexual Conduct Act and other educational legislation. She lobbied for successful passage of the human trafficking bill, which passed the Iowa Legislature in 2006. Most recently, she lobbied for passage of a clean election bill called VOICE, or Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections. The bill is currently in the House Appropriations Committee and will be taken up in the House in 2008.
Susan has a Bachelor of Science “with honors” in criminal justice and another major in journalism from Michigan State University. She has her master’s degree in speech communications from Wayne State University in Michigan.