Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales is a Virginia native and now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford and is married to Vaden Bales, an attorney with the Riggs Abney firm in Tulsa. Susan is the mother of two daughters, Tyne Berlanga and Heather Devers, two grandchildren, Joy Elizabeth Berlanga and Cruz Vance Berlanga, and three step-sons, Kevin, Matthew, and Andrew Bales.
Susan was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and attended Holton Arms School and Mount Vernon College, where she studied photojournalism. In 2012, she received an Honorary Doctorate Of Public Service degree from Grand Valley State University. She is the author of two novels set in the White House, "Double Exposure: A First Daughter Mystery" and its sequel, "Sharp Focus."
Susan is the Ship's Sponsor for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), which she officially christened in 2013. She has served as a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation since 1981. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Foundation's Programs Committee. Susan's work with the Foundation is centered on promoting the ideals of public service, integrity, and candor that were the hallmarks of the life of our Nation's 38th President, especially his service as a Naval Officer in World War II, as a member of Congress, and as Vice President and President.
In addition to her many charitable and public service activities, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health, Trustee of the President Gerald R. Ford Historical Legacy Trust, Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen For The Cure, the Executive Board of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Foundation,Trustee of the Elizabeth B. Ford Charitable Trust, and the board of directors of the Bosque School in New Mexico.
Matrons of Honor
Tyne Vance Berlanga
Tyne Vance Berlanga is a native of Northern Virginia where she attended Episcopal High School. She is the granddaughter of President Gerald R. Ford and the daughter of Susan Ford Bales. Tyne graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies and currently resides in Frisco, Texas with her husband Hector Berlanga and their two children, Joy Elizabeth and Cruz. She is an active member of the Frisco community, working with the PTA and Frisco Women's League, as well as raising her two young children. Tyne has served on several committees of the Gerald A. Ford Presidential Foundation as part of her commitment to preserving and promoting her grandfather's remarkable legacy.
Heather Vance Devers
Heather Vance Devers, daughter of Susan Ford Bales and granddaughter of President Gerald R. Ford, attended high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following graduation, Heather joined her sister at Southern Methodist University where she earned her degree in journalism. Heather's subsequent career has taken her from Dallas to New York and back to Dallas where she's worked for Conde Nast, Nieman Marcus, and currently as the Style Director for Children's Fashion at JC Penney. Heather lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband Jeffrey Devers and their two dogs and two cats. She has greatly enjoyed being a part of the construction of the Gerald R. Ford and looks forward to working closely with the ship's crew and their families and providing support to them in ways that would have made her grandfather very proud.
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