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Sue Foerster: July Monthly Staff Spotlight

CQL is excited to continue our Monthly Staff Spotlight series in 2024! This offers an opportunity for you to get to know our team even better. For our June article, we’re featuring Sue Foerster, one of our Quality Enhancement Specialists!

Lindsey Moore, CQL Project Coordinator, was so excited to nominate Sue, and had a lot to say about her! She shares: “Sue has vast experience from her time working with a provider organization and a deep knowledge and understanding of how CQL’s tools can be used to effectively improve the lives of people. She brings a warm and positive approach to her work with a specific skill in collaborating with new partner organizations.”

We’ve asked Sue a series of questions about her history, background, experiences with CQL, as well as some questions to get to know her better.

What is your position at CQL and what does that role encompass?

I have been a a part-time Quality Enhancement Specialist for three years. During the past year, my work has transitioned to primarily supporting new organizations seeking CQL Systems Accreditation and CQL Special Project work.

Why did you decide to get involved in the human services field?

During the summer of my sophomore year of college, I worked for the Fargo Park District as an activity assistant in their summer recreation program for kids with disabilities. Those kids and that job changed the trajectory of my college education and led me to my forever career.

What is your professional history, background, and experience?

I spent my entire 40-year career working at a state-run facility. Although, I worked in several different roles during that time, including Direct Support Professional, Program Coordinator, and lastly at the Executive level as the Superintendent. Interestingly, I was a part of the team during this organizations very first CQL accreditation in 1989.  

What are three skills you have that help you in your work?

  1. Compassionate
  2. Organized
  3. Good Listener

Is there anything you would like to share about yourself personally?

My husband and I enjoy spending time at the lake and also travel when we can. Family is important to me; I have two children and three grandchildren. Being retired and working part-time for CQL gives me lots of time to spend with them. 

CQL Lightning Round!

Sweet or savory? What is your favorite sweet/savory food?

Definitely sweet. Love chocolate and licorice.

You have to pick a song at karaoke, what song do you choose?

Lucille. Although, I really do not sing.

Describe one trick you use to stay productive.

I am very organized. I like to get tackle the more difficult tasks early in the day!

Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room? Why?

I don’t feel that I am either. I like being the quiet person in the room that enjoys being around the funniest and smartest person.

What was your first job?

Lifeguard! 🛟🏊

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Physical Therapist

What three words would your family/friends use to describe you?

Kind, dependable, the planner of our friend and family activities

Do (or did) you play any instruments? If so, which ones?

I tried to play the French Horn in 6th Grade Band.  Music was very hard for me, I am more of an athletic person.  My band teach most likely was very happy when I quit band after that year.

What do you like to do for fun, in your free time?

Playing cards (love pinnacle) and board games, watching college hockey and pro baseball games.

If you could only eat one food for a full week, what would it be?

Pizza! 🍕

What is your least favorite household chore?

Definitely dusting

What is the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock? Describe your best outfit.

Farmer type bib-overalls in college. 👩‍🌾

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About CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.