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Alumni and Friends Making an Impact

Susan (Gogniat) Barrett '13

When Susan (Gogniat) Barrett ’13 decided to attend the University of Dayton, she set into motion a domino effect that’s made the UD community richer.

Fueled by her desire to make the world a better place, Barrett is general counsel for Monte Nido & Affiliates, a group of residential treatment centers that operates facilities in 15 states to help adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“I am most proud of the relationships I have built along the way. The coworkers and clients who trust and respect me, the family and friends who support my vision and determination, and the mentees whom I am able to help cultivate for the next generation of legal talent,” said Barrett.

Her commitment to learn, lead and serve the community is getting noticed. She was named to the Pittsburgh Business Times 30 under 30, recognized as Best Lawyers’ One to Watch in 2020 and 2021, and is a McGuireWoods Excellence Award recipient.

“I am constantly challenging myself and learning from other attorneys and research to become the best in my field,” said Barrett.

And when it comes to family, Barrett couldn’t have imagined the precedent she started. Since her graduation, five members of her family alone have chosen to become Flyers.

“You will often see me running around proudly in my UD gear or driving around with my UD license plate,” said Barrett.

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