Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Varkey-Samuel

Susan Varkey-Samuel, Executive Director of Tax Audits and Tax Counsel at Merck, has been a consistent Pro Bono Partnership volunteer since 2011. Since she began volunteering with the Partnership, Susan has worked on 14 legal matters, providing much needed corporate guidance to New Jersey nonprofits.

Last year, Susan volunteered to assist Pro Bono Partnership client New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (“NJAEYC”), a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the field of early childhood education. NJAEYC sought assistance with corporate governance filings and with a general review of its bylaws. After the project was complete, NJAEYC described Susan’s work as “invaluable”, noting that Susan was “very supportive and professional, always quick to respond to our questions, explained the applicable laws and procedures in easy-to-understand terms, and was understanding of the difficulties working during this pandemic.”

Susan and her colleagues at Merck have provided this same level of expert guidance and support to countless New Jersey based nonprofits. We at Pro Bono Partnership are grateful to all of the Merck employees who support the work and mission of Pro Bono Partnership, in particular Sylvia Ayler, Director, Legal, and a member of our Board.

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