By: Ky Thompson

Susan and Dan Juda are no strangers to the Sarasota area, having vacationed here for a number of years and having lived on Lido Key for two years prior to moving to Plymouth Harbor in November of last year. Susan’s sister, Heather Shaw, has been a resident of Plymouth Harbor for some years.

Susan and Dan met while in training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. This is one of the largest outpatient training centers in New York.

Susan was born in the Bronx, then was brought up in Queens and moved to Manhattan after attending New York University. The building in Manhattan where she and Dan brought up their family could represent the United Nations. New York, especially the Bronx, has one of the most diverse populations in the country. This is something that is familiar and very important to Susan and her integrated family.

Susan is an individual and group psychoanalyst and maintains a small individual practice in New York City. Dan and Susan have two sons and two grandchildren. Their sons are in New York City
and their grandchildren live in Florida. She looks forward to working in her garden plot growing flowers and herbs and taking advantage of the numerous physical fitness activities offered at
Plymouth Harbor. She loves music and dancing and hopes to do more of both in the coming years.

Susan is the coordinator and founder of Sarasota Stands Together (a non-partisan educational Indivisible Group) that works with six other Indivisible Groups in Sarasota — and with more than 6,000 Indivisible Groups nation-wide. The mission statement of SST is to create a networked community of empowered action-oriented individuals who work to protect the well-being of all citizens and who support the election of candidates that defend human rights and our democracy.

Dan was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended high school in Vermont and The Putney School. His mother was French, his father German, so he spent many summers of his youth in France (and in Israel where his father’s family emigrated). He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York City. Dan received his Certificates in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and also in the Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process from the PGC. Dan spent his professional career as a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Psychology Department and in private practice.

Before entering graduate school, Dan was a staff reporter for the Boston Globe newspaper. His first year he was assigned to four suburban communities; his second year he worked the “lobster shift” (midnight to 8:00 a.m.); his third year he was transferred to work with the main staff as a general assignment reporter. His final assignment was the investigative Spotlight Team that would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their uncovering of corruption in the City of Somerville.

Dan is an active member of the Sarasota Humanist Society as well as Sarasota Stands Together. He has numerous interests and hobbies (tennis, golf, bocce, violin, choral singing, bridge, sailing, and woodworking — especially with Barky, Gene, and Felix!) Dan hopes to find others here who enjoy ping pong.

Susan and Dan maintain an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Susan is a New York resident and travels to New York periodically. It is a pleasure to welcome them to Plymouth Harbor.