Susan Ford Bales is a Virginia native and now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford and is married to Vaden Bales, an attorney with the Hall Estill firm in Tulsa. Susan is the mother of two daughters, Tyne Berlanga and Heather Devers, three grandchildren, Joy Elizabeth Berlanga, Cruz Vance Berlanga, Elizabeth Blanche Devers, and three step-sons, Kevin, Matthew, and Andrew Bales.
Susan was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and attended Holton Arms School and the University of Kansas, where she studied photojournalism. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. She is the author of two novels set in the White House, “Double Exposure: A First Daughter Mystery”, and its sequel, “Sharp Focus.”
During her high school years, Susan lived in the White House and served as official White House hostess following her mother’s surgery for breast cancer in 1974. In 1984, she and her mother helped launch National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Susan subsequently served as national spokesperson for breast cancer awareness. Since the founding of the Betty Ford Center in 1982, Susan worked side by side with her mother on projects at the Center and was elected to the Center’s Board of Directors in 1992. She succeeded her mother as Chairman of the Board from 2005 – 2010, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
In addition to her many charitable and public service activities, Susan serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health, Co-Trustee of the President Gerald R. Ford Historical Legacy Trust, Trustee of the Elizabeth B. Ford Charitable Trust, Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Executive Board of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Foundation, and the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Children’s National Medical Center.
The mission of Stout Street Foundation (SSF) is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.
SSF operates as a not for profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation will provide for food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for residents.
For 40 years Stout Street Foundation has been a service leader in and around the Denver community. From our humble beginnings at a house on Stout Street in Denver to completely refurbishing a 168 room hotel in Commerce City we have grown in leaps and bounds and continue to be the largest therapeutic community in Colorado.
Stout Street has helped thousands of individuals over the years and continues to treat over 400 individuals a year. In October of 2006 we opened the doors to our 28 day drug and alcohol intensive residential program Serenity. With the addition of Serenity, Stout Street Foundation is now able to offer our services to an even larger demographic and continue to be “Helping People Help Themselves” right here in the Denver Metro area of Colorado.