Susan Ragsdale is at heart a youth champion, a writer, and a creative soul. Professionally, she is a nationally recognized trainer and best-selling author with over 23 years experience in youth and community development work. Since graduating from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1991, Susan has tirelessly worked to make the world a better place for – and with – youth. To that end, Susan partners with schools, churches and after-school programs for professional development, primarily in positive youth development, service-learning and play with purpose.
The best-selling author of Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages with Ann Saylor, Susan has 6 other books for educators, youth workers and families available. Susan’s expertise as a trainer has earned her a place in several professional training groups, as well as recognition in the field. In 2004, the Tennessee Chapter of the YMCA Association of Professional Directors named her Director of the Year for the Essence of Initiative in recognition of her work in establishing the YMCA Center for Asset Development, dedicated to youth work (2002-2014).
Her pursuits have allowed her to work with many excellent agencies and programs including career favorites: the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) program in Nashville, the YMCA of USA, GenerationOn, 4-H and Volunteer Tennessee.
In all her work, Susan tirelessly pursues her passion to provide educators and youth workers ways to live out how to: play, live, and lead with purpose putting both fun and meaning into their efforts to engage, inspire and equip young people. Personally, she tries to live by that mantra. Susan enjoys creativity, nature, running and meditation and is an avid reading buff. She lives in Nashville with her husband Pete and their willful, playful rat terrier, Lacy.
e time! After best-seller Great Group Games, Ready to Go Service Projects, and Building Character from the Start, and more, they are thrilled to announce their 7th book: Groups, Troops, Clubs and Classrooms.