In 1994, the Monroe community began to work for the creation of a new Monroe school district. Suzi was one of the organizers of the effort and became the unofficial spokesperson for the effort, traveling monthly to Columbus to meet with the State School Board and elected officials. In 2000, Monroe’s dream became reality and the Monroe Local School District was created. Suzi served on the first school board. In 2004 Suzi was selected to fill a vacancy on the Monroe City Council and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
She currently serves as president of Monroe’s Community Improvement Corporation and of the Warren County Municipal League. She has also served on many local boards and committees, including the Monroe School District’s IT Committee, Facilities Steering Committee, the City of Monroe’s Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission, and City Plan Steering Committee.
Suzi is an enthusiastic supporter of non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Butler County. She has served as a director and president of Supports To Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF). SELF is a community action agency that provides education and skills training to low income residents of Butler County, to enable them to live as self-sufficient members of the community.
She is also a founding member of the Monroe Lending Library, a community library in Monroe Ohio that is funded by donations and staffed by volunteers.
In 2007, when Suzi saw a need for a community newspaper in Monroe, she started the Monroe Observer, a free monthly newspaper (print and on-line) devoted to reporting Monroe’s news to its residents. Suzi continues to publish the on-line Monroe version, and an expanded Monroe/Trenton print edition is now published by David Eck.
Small Business Owner
In 1980, Suzi started her business Designer Type in the living room of her apartment. Initially intended as a part time business to support herself while she attended college, Designer Type grew to become a full time small business employing 11 other people. She added a second business, CodeWorks, to supply barcodes to customers nationwide. Suzi operated both businesses until 1992 when she sold them so that she could stay at home and raise her two sons.
Two years later, Suzi started a home-based organic certified farm. Her company, Stonegate Farm, raised and marketed pastured poultry and organic vegetables to upscale restaurants, grocers and at Cincinnati’s Findlay Market until 2000 (when the school district consumed all of her attention). Stonegate Farm continues to sell to individual buyers and at occasional farm markets.
Suzi has a BFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
Suzi is married to Marc Rubin, an attorney and small business owner. Suzi and Marc have three children, Ben, Gabe and Hannah, and two rescued Anatolian Shepherd dogs. Ben is a doctoral candidate at Drew University in New Jersey, and an adjunct professor at Bloomfield College. Gabe graduated in 2015 from the University of Cincinnati with an Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA, and is working as a Project Engineer in San Diego. Hannah is working toward her BSN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. Suzi and her family are members of Temple Beth Sholom in Middletown, Ohio.