A native Connecticut resident, Susette began her business career in the late 1970s. She and her husband, Chuck Sneddon, own and operate Simply Majestic at 59 Williams Avenue in Mystic. They have been in business together for 20 years.
Susette worked for the national jewelry chain Kay DeRoy Jewelers from 1979 to 1990, paving the way for women to achieve entry-level management positions in the jewelry industry. A graduate of the Diamond Council of America (DCA), Susette won several National Top Sales Awards for the company and was instrumental in designing training programs for future managers.
Susette was born to immigrant parents Cres and Tina Tibus. Cres, a WWII veteran and submariner, owned and operated Esquire Barber Shop in Uncasville. Tina was a kindergarten school teacher and home maker.
Raised in Mystic, Susette takes an active interest in her community. She is past president of Olde Mistick Village Merchants' Association, past president of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the St. Edmund's Medal of Honor Award for Ender's Island, and past chair of the National Athena Award - an award dedicated to supporting, developing, and honoring female leaders.
Susette has volunteered her time and energy to many local events in the area, including the Taste of Mystic, Chocolate Affair, Chowder Festival, and Winter Festival. One of her most memorable events was the Doolittle Raiders Reunion - honoring the Raiders who attacked Japan on April 18, 1942.
Currently, Susette co-chairs the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, co-hosts the public access TV Program "Mystic Matters," is a member of the advisory board for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and serves as a trustee to the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration, co-chairing their premier Ocean Commotion Gala. Additionally, she is on the board for thePawcatuck Neighborhood Center and the New England Filipino American Association; she also proudly serves as the chair for the Stonington Police Commission and is a Fitch Alumni Foundation member.
Recently, Susette and Chuck sponsored a rock concert featuring John Herrington, guitarist for Steely Dan, in support of the Olde Mistick Village Arts cinemas. Additionally, Susette will be emceeing the upcoming Dancing With the Stars event in support of the Groton Education Foundation.
Susette devotes her time and enthusiasm to all of these organizations as an excellent way to make a difference in the community she loves. Susette and Chuck reside in Stonington.