Susan Schneider Williams
Fine Artist, Passionate advocate for brain health and Lewy Body Dementia awareness
Susan Schneider Williams is a fine artist, author and advocate. Susan's paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the US and Canada. She studied design at UCLA and went on to receive her BFA in graphic design from California College of the Arts. Her fine art business developed out of a 25-year graphic design career in which she founded and ran Critical Eye Design specializing in logo and brand development, packaging design and marketing. In 2014 when her husband Robin Williams died from Lewy Body Dementia, she set out to raise awareness about this little known yet devastating brain disease. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The View and CBS This Morning. Susan moderated the 2016 Forbes Healthcare Summit panel, “Healing The Brain”, and remains committed to raising awareness for brain disease. In 2016 The American Brain Foundation honored her with their Commitment to Cures Award. She authored, “The terrorist inside my husband’s brain” editorial for Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. She has presented to numerous institutions, both private research corporations and academic including UCLA, USC and UCSF. From the caregiver/spouse point of view Susan shares what it was like experiencing her husband’s devastating pathway with Lewy body dementia and the complexities behind not getting an accurate diagnosis. In her very personal account, Susan touches on the science behind the symptoms while discussing some of the essential hallmarks of LBD and its relationship to Parkinson’s disease. Susan serves as Vice Chair on the board of directors for the American Brain Foundation.