Susan Rich, daughter of Neuse Realty’s agent Pat Rich, receives Citizen of the Year Award 2015 in Potomac, Maryland.
Dr. Susan Rich is the Citizen of the Year for 2015. Through her work as a child psychiatrist, she has supported children and their families who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. For the past 22 years, her public health and clinical interest has been the prevention and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorder, a condition that affects one in 20 American children. In 2014, she founded a non-profit organization, the 7th Generation Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and developing housing and vocational programs for youth with cognitive disorders caused by alcohol while the baby is in the womb.
One of her programs has been a partnership with John and Jill Phillips of Squeals on Wheels. Together they have introduced children and youth to the benefits of pet therapy, the unconditional love of animals and the skills required to take care of an animal.
“Working with our docile farm animals helps children learn to love and offers them a sense of calm contact.” – Jill Phillips
Rich has also volunteered her time to support the community as well as her own children’s activities since moving to Potomac in 2005. She served with the Potomac Girl Scouts as co-leader and “Camping and Cookout” mom. She was a parent liaison for the Hands-On-Science and Spanish language enrichment programs at Wayside Elementary School.
Her interest in the county’s environment is demonstrated by her on-going commitment to the Watts Branch Alliance in which she is active in watershed clean-up activities and in tree-transplantation programs to decrease erosion of the Watts Branch bank. She is also involved in stream litter removal activities and in a 2012 Earth Day event in Bethesda to air the “Bag-It” movie and to honor County Executive Isiah Leggett for his role in the 5 cent tax on plastic bags.
“It is an honor to be awarded Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. I feel grateful and blessed that the good people of Potomac recognize the importance of my gifts as a child psychiatrist in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Through leadership, community collaboration and partnerships, we can all empower children and adolescents of Montgomery County to have happier, healthier, more fulfilled futures.” – Susan Rich
Rich has been voted one of “Maryland’s Favorite Physicians” for the Patients’ Choice Award, recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Washingtonian Magazine and acknowledged by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists. She was also recently selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Top Doctors of North America 2015-16 edition of ”The Who’s Who Directories.” She is also the author of a book, “The Silent Epidemic: A Child Psychiatrist’s Journey beyond Death Row.