Sue O’Brien was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended SUNY Plattsburg receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Medaille University, receiving a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management.
Sue began her work in the substance use disorder treatment field in 1985 and has held various clinical and leadership positions in SC, Ohio, and New York. She was on the team that developed the first Co-Occurring Disorders treatment track at The University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and implemented the first Co-Occurring track for Adolescents. Prior to moving to Spartanburg, Sue was the Treatment Program Coordinator at Unity Health System in Rochester, NY where she was put into practice protocols for integrating treatment with Recovery Medications.
In 2015 she began her tenure as Chief Executive Officer of The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health. Under her leadership the agency has expanded services to meet the needs of the community including alternative criminal justice programming, peer support integration, and medication assisted treatment programming. The Forrester Center is proud to be the hub for the community addressing the local impact of the Opiate Crisis.