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SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

Staff Spotlight - Michelle Brodeur

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In this edition of SUDC Insights, we would like to introduce you to one member of our amazing staff, Michelle Brodeur, the SUDC Foundation Family Services Assistant. She works remotely from southern California.

What do you do for the Foundation? As the Family Services Assistant for the SUDC Foundation, I assist families in several areas of support and family services. I help families access support from other families and the Foundation itself in the online email groups and closed Facebook groups. I also help families ensure the name and picture of their child can be used in events other families hold in support of the Foundation. Parents love being able to see their child’s memory honored all over the world. Sadly, more pictures are added every year, and become part of our annual Faces of SUDC video, which I help with as well. I also have the joy of being able to send a little gift to SUDC families when they have a new baby. The SUDC Foundation’s website has a section that is only for our registered families with resources specifically for them, and I can assist them if they have any difficulties accessing it. At the beginning of each month, I contact members of our parent and grandparent online groups to ask them to remember and honor the children who have birthdays or anniversaries for the coming month. The SUDC Foundation creates “special day” cards we mail out to all our families on their child’s and/or grandchild’s birthday and anniversary. Each card features artwork from SUDC families, and I coordinate outreach and coordination for gathering the artwork. I help ensure families can maintain their connection to the SUDC Foundation by keeping their contact information updated. My job is to assist families and perform administrative tasks to help keep our family services running smoothly! 

What is your professional background? Prior to having a family, I was in sales. I sold to businesses telecommunication programs and services. I also sold air freight and ground delivery services. 

Tell us about your life outside of work! I am married and have three awesome children. My oldest son is going to be a senior in college, my daughter is a going into her sophomore year of college and my youngest son is entering 7th grade. We regularly attend our local church. I enjoy jogging, playing tennis, hiking, going to the beach or the mountains - anything outside is fun. I have been in a book club for over 10 years, so have read a lot of books. My youngest son plays ice hockey and so we keep busy with his sport. 

What do you like best about working for the Foundation? I like working with the SUDC Foundation because of all that the Foundation offers to families. It has also given me the opportunity to work from home for the years my children are younger, and I can be there for them when they are out of school and home from school. 

What is your favorite movie? One of my favorite movies is A Christmas Story. I watch it every year around Christmas. 

What is a fun fact or something people might be surprised to learn about you? I love coffee…I could drink it all day. I start with a warm cup or two in the morning, and almost always have an iced coffee in the afternoon. If anyone asks to go for a coffee, I am in!  

You can learn more about the SUDC Foundation’s Family Services by visiting: https://sudc.org/family-services/member-services-access/services-for-bereaved-families 


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