Helen Ackerman is Susannah's mother. She used to live together with her daughter in New York, but has moved to California after she married Andy Ackerman. She was previously married to Peter Simon, who died when Suze was six years old. She works at the local television station as an anchorwoman. She is also the stepmother of David (Doc), Bradley (Dopey) and Jake (Sleepy) Ackerman.