A Conversation With Susan Dost and Pat Burns

Susan Dost, President and CEO, Sheridan In-Home Health Care

 

Susan Dost is President and CEO of Sheridan In-Home Health Care, a private-pay health care company she formed in 2001. Ms. Dost is the sole owner of Sheridan Care and is a Certified Senior Advisor. Today Sheridan employs over 145 “A-list”, California Association for Health Services at Home- certified care givers. Sheridan has been hired by more than 1,300 clients in the past 12 years.

Ms. Dost has been credited as a dynamic and innovative health care industry leader, creating new products, internet applications and programs with national appeal. Ms.Dost has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Ms. Dost and her management team at Sheridan have won numerous awards, including the coveted Dorland National Award for best home care company in the United States and the prestigious Business Excellence Award from the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dost was also a 2012 finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal Healthcare Leadership award and the Community Outreach Award. Ms.Dost is currently a finalist for the 2012 Case in Point Platinum Leadership Award, a unique awards program that recognizes the most successful and innovative companies working to improve health care nationally.

Members of Sheridan sit on The Parkinson’s Association Board and the Board of the Beverly Hills Cancer Relay for Life. Sheridan Care annually donates over 100 hours of free care to various non-profit organizations. Ms. Dost is actively involved with Angel Flight, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Ms. Dost is a licensed private pilot and flies her own aircraft for volunteer medical relief flights with Angel Flight West.

Ms. Dost played Division One basketball and graduated with a BA from Wayne State University.

Pat Burns, Director of Communications and Investor Relations, SocialWhirled

 

Since 2009 Pat Burns has held the position of Director of Communications and Investor Relations for SocialWhirled - a software platform company. SocialWhirled is an innovative digital platform designed to effectively engage and grow, in a meaningful way, enterprise brand’s audience around the user’s unique interest data. Through SocialWhirled, iconic brand’s such as IBM, Starbucks, Pepsi are connecting and engaging with their customers at a much deeper level with contests, coupons and give-a-way’s bringing them closer to the brand’s products and creating meaningful bottom line results.

Pat’s heartfelt leadership was first set into high gear when she was the past president of the Mega Inner Circle, a Mark Victor Hansen & Associates (Chicken Soup for the Soul® co-creator) organization. Pat traveled the world working with companies that wanted to make a difference - not only in their country but also for the planet.

Pat serves on the advisory board of GRAND Magazine - an online magazine for multigenerational families. GRAND Magazine has a subscribership of 250,000 and affiliate partner outreach of over 1,100,000 readers. Along with her advisory role, Pat also enjoys interviewing celebrities for the magazines covers and writing film reviews for the magazine’s website.

Pat’s philanthropic work is centered on literacy and family reading. Pat is very proud of her accomplishment of cofounding the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. She serves as the Executive Director and oversees the enrollment of corporate sponsors and author/illustrator stage participation for the annual event. This Festival was founded in 2004 and has grown in attendance from 5,000 to 35,000 and brought in over $1,600,000 in corporate sponsorships.

Pat is the bestselling author of Grandparents Rock® The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-n-roll Generation. Her two daughters are grown and living in Colorado and Arizona. Pat is also the proud grandmother of Dylan, Skye, Cosette and their newest family member from Ethiopia - Zeke.