At the inception of her career in 1979, Susan Nelis Moylan discovered an advertisement in the newspaper for a part-time local government training coordinator job at Elgin Community College. Applying for the job, she won a three-year, part-time grant and began her tenure at Elgin Community College, whereupon she successfully worked with local government training. Upon the expiration of the grant, Ms. Moylan was transferred to the business sector of the college, thus prompting her to work at a full-time capacity. From there, she escalated to the rank of director of the Business and Industry Training Center until her retirement in 2004.
In her role as director, Ms. Moylan oversaw a team of individuals who worked in communities regarding the field of zoning law. Among the highlights of her career, she is especially proud of purchasing a set of 12 laptops in the 1980s, which she leveraged to bring to various businesses in an effort to train employees – an innovative training method at the time. Renowned as a community activist, Ms. Moylan is also proud to have been a member of the growth of the agencies with whom she has worked. She thoroughly enjoyed the experiences of becoming involved with various segments of the community, noting that it offered “constant growth.”
Alongside her primary vocation, Ms. Moylan has served as president of the United Way of Elgin since 1990, as well as a member of the Gail Borden Public Library Foundation. A former board member of the Gail Borden Public Library from 2008 to 2020, she was also involved as a board member of Pads of Elgin from 1990 to 1994, as president of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation from 1993 to 1995 and was twice a councilwoman of the City of Elgin between 1985 and 1993. Ms. Moylan is a distinguished Rotarian, having been a member of Rotary International since 2002. She also spent a number of years as a board member of the Renz Addiction Counseling Center through the United Way of Elgin, departing from the service in 1994. As a testament to her legacy, she was named Political Leader of the Year by the Association for Individual Development in 1988.
Drawing upon a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ms. Moylan enjoys quilting and gardening in her spare time. Looking forward, she intends to continue enjoying her well-deserved retirement.