Susanne was born in Barre, Vermont, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Vermont in 1987. She received her Juris doctorate in 1992 from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award and The Little, Brown & Company Award in Trusts and Estates. Susanne was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992 and the New Hampshire Bar in 1994. She began her law career working for a Big Six accounting firm before transitioning to private practice. She was a partner in another Laconia law firm before forming Lawson Persson & Chisholm, PC in 2012. Susanne concentrates her practice in the areas of probate and estate planning. She was recognized as one of "New Hampshire's Best and Brightest" young attorneys by New Hampshire Editions in 1996 for her excellence in these fields, and she received the President's Award for Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Belknap County, in 1997. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council. She frequently teaches continuing legal education courses on estate planning and probate topics. As a founder of the Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra, now known as the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Susanne plays flute, piccolo and piano. In addition to her interest in music, Susanne enjoys alpine skiing, gardening, and training foster dogs as part of her involvement with New England Border Collie Rescue, Inc. She is the past Chapter Chairperson for the board of directors for the American Red Cross Greater White Mountain Chapter. Currently, Susanne is on the board of New England Border Collie Rescue, Inc. and is a former member of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. She resides in Sanbornton.