Susan Gardels, WYSO’s Director of Development and Communication, received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art and her MFA in Creative Writing. Her personal work ranges from hand-printed limited edition books to 12-foot-tall steel sculptures. She is a born story-teller, and all of her work begins with a place and a story. She has worked on projects around the world, from Alaska to Hawaii to Africa. With a background in education, development, non-profit administration, and marketing & communications, she has managed community arts and development projects nationally and internationally and is thrilled to be working with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, telling the fabulous stories of WYSO.