Senior account executive Suzanne Cloutier began her career at The Independent as an advertising rep in July 2002. She was born in the South and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. She received her B. Ed. from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1990. After nine years at the Ventura County Reporter, she received a hot tip that The Independent's sales team had a rare opening and she jumped at the opportunity to move to Santa Barbara. She likes to travel and enjoys yoga and outdoor sports. She has volunteered as a reading tutor and for various environmental organizations and spends much of her spare time reading, writing fiction, and designing and sewing environmentally-friendly handbags and lunch totes.