Susan Levine has served since 1994 as executive director of Hospice of the Valley. Over that period the agency has grown from serving 130 patients a day with a $5 million annual budget to caring for 17,000 patients a year with a $141 million annual budget.
Levine is a passionate advocate of community-based end-of-life care. Currently she serves as chair of Hospice Association of America and is a member of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice Board. She also serves on the Health Care Policy Advisory Council of Harvard Medical School.
Levine has a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology. Her early career focused on elementary school teaching and retail management for Saks Fifth Avenue. At midlife she obtained her nursing degree, worked as a hospital staff nurse, then managed a home health care company. She is among "Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women," a diverse group selected for the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation. Awards include ASU Center for Non-Profit Leadership Executive Director of the Year; NAHC Lifetime Achievement Award; ASU College of Nursing Distinguished Person’s Award, and Anti-Defamation League Leader of Distinction Award.