Junior League of Midland pays tribute to Suzy Prucka Andreasen, a Midlander who returned home

Suzy Prucka Andreasen is a perfect example of a Midlander who left to find fame and fortune and then came back to find fame and fortune here.

An outstanding football player from Lee High School, she attended Southwestern University where she was on the football and swim teams. She graduated with honors in political science and moved to the Northeast to attend law school at the University of Maryland because she wanted to be close to the action in Washington, DC. His summer activities led to a job as a legal policy intern on the Bush. -Cheney 2004 campaign and a legal position on one of Senator John Cornyn’s subcommittees.

After serving as a clerk at the Maryland Court of Appeals, Suzy served as a Specialty Attorney/Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division for eight years. She also taught part-time in the political science department at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus for three years.

She returned to Texas in 2016 and became a Brazos County Assistant District Attorney in the Appellate Division. Shortly thereafter, she became Assistant United States Attorney at the Appellate Division for the Southern District of Texas.

In 2017, she returned to Midland and worked first as an assistant district attorney in Ector County and later in Midland County. Earlier this year, she joined Eckman Bidwell PLLC. She also teaches part-time at the UTPB.

Although Suzy racked up accolades in high school, college, law school and in her career, her volunteer leadership at Midland qualified her for the Betty Whitmire Sumner Award presented by the Junior League of Midland at its annual meeting. May 10.

Betty was a third-generation Midlander who died in 2012. A graduate of Rice University, she taught at Kermit and Midland and worked at The Western Company before becoming a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. In addition to being president of the junior league, Hospice of Midland, the Aphasia Center of West Texas and chair of the Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Betty Sumner has devoted hours to the city’s planning and zoning commission. , PTA, First United Methodist Church, United Way and Trinity School.

On nominating Suzy for this award, fellow legal and fellow Junior Leaguer Tanya Bidwell wrote, “Suzy embodies the spirit of the Junior League and its founders. Like Betty Sumner, she has served on several local boards, including Centers, REACH Network, and the city’s Parks & Recreation Commission. She volunteers as a football coach and referee for Midland Teen Court, Midland County Bar Association and Museum of the Southwest.

She joined the Baltimore Junior League in 2008 where she eventually served as president. Other positions she has held over 13 years in three leagues include Treasurer, Vice President Membership and Public Relations.

His nomination listed two major highlights of his career in the Junior League of Midland. She led the rebranding and renewed marketing effort which included a new website design, video, short social media clips, new logo and created a weekly internal newsletter, which is mailed out. email to all members. In 2020-2021, she revitalized training opportunities impacted by COVID-19 protocols by generating 400 hours. Classes ranged from women in leadership to basic skills like how to install car seats and fun activities.

When told about the award, Suzy mentioned that Mary Beck, JLM supporter and former executive director of Midland Teen Court, first encouraged her to join the junior league in Baltimore to meet like-minded women. . When she returned home, she joined for the same reason. She heard the term Midland Mafia applied to the Junior Leaguers, but realized that it was the main local women’s leadership organization and that former members were responsible for the creation of so many purpose organizations. Midland nonprofit, including Midland Teen Court. Thus, she regards membership as a badge of honour.

Presented by Tanya Bidwell, this award exemplifies the league’s vision statement that ‘Hand in hand, we are building a better Midland’. It also reminds Midlanders who are gone that “you can go home” and find fame and fortune.

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