Vice President and Secretary
Babs started working summers at Suddath at age 12, when, among other responsibilities, she answered the phone. This was an appropriate first job, as Babs’ natural communication skills have continued to serve her throughout her career, from teaching languages, to practicing law, to her role on the Suddath Board today. As Vice President and Secretary, Babs captures all the details of Board meetings and discussions to ensure they’re documented accurately. In some ways, these discussions are part of the continuing story of her family and the organization started by her grandfather, Carl Suddath.
Before she began serving on the Board, Babs was an attorney and partner at Mahoney, Adams and Criser, P.A., part of a legal career that started when Babs was 35 and decided to start a new chapter in her life and change careers after teaching French at the University of Virginia.
A true trailblazer, Babs became the first woman to serve on the Jacksonville Port Authority Board, ultimately becoming chairwoman in 1995. Today, Babs is a member of the Florida Bar Association and also participates in the Fiduciary Board of Infilaw, a consortium of law schools.
After a long and varied career, her days are still spent blazing trails—only now for her beloved horses. Babs lives on 2,220-acres of farm-to-preserve under a conservation easement from the Pacolet Area Conservancy, a non-profit land trust in Tryon, North Carolina, where she serves as a member of the executive committee.