Meet the Author

  • IMAP for schools and educators
  • IMAP for students and young adults
  • Drug education/awareness/ what we learned
  • Marriage during family crisis
  • Recovering from the loss of a child
  • Addiction and enabling
  • Mentoring those in rehab

SUSÁN HOEMKE knows firsthand what it’s like to have a loved one who is struggling with addiction. A wife and mother of four, her life took an unexpected turn in the form of her son Hayden’s addiction and other subsequent family tragedies that taught her—the hard way—the challenges of living with this disease. Now, she hopes to not only bring awareness and understanding to drug addiction but also to offer hope and healing after loss. Her research, experience attending rehab meetings, and time spent living with an addicted loved one enables her to speak on this subject from a deeply personal perspective.

Today, Susán is a public speaker and the owner of a product development company. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Carl, and youngest daughter, Olivia, while her other two adult children, Landon and Miranda, live in Austin.


IMAP PROGRAM: Designed to help young adults find and focus on their unique goals for the future, the I Make a Plan (IMAP) concept began as the backbone of Susán’s student presentations. Now, IMAP has evolved into an actionable tool used by educators, parents, and individuals, and the program has also been utilized by school districts in connection with Drug Awareness Week and Red Ribbon Week.

IMAP INFOGRAPHIC: Take action now with the IMAP 6-step roadmap to preventing or addressing addiction issues.

Susán currently teaches IMAP across diverse forums and is a passionate speaker and panelist. To learn more about booking the author, select from Susán's speaking topics to submit your request.

"The teachers enjoyed the IMAP concept during Red Ribbon Week. It was so well received that I’d like to spread it out throughout the coming year, so they can continue to hear the info all year long."
— Kathy Stone | Counselor, Willow Springs Middle School