President Obama appoints Susan Levine to national council

President Obama’s new appointments for the United States Holocaust Memorial Council are sworn-in during a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Nov. 29, in Washington, D.C. From left, Tom A. Bernstein, Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council; Paul Rosen, Chief of Staff, US Department of Homeland Security; Susan G. Levine, Museum Council Appointee from Paradise Valley; and Allan M. Holt, Vice Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Paradise Valley resident Susan G. Levine has been appointed by President Barack Obama for the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Ms. Levine was sworn-in during a Nov. 29 ceremony in Washington D.C.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, according to a press release.

Once the museum opened in 1993, the council became the governing board of trustees of the museum, an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives some federal funding to support operations of the museum building.

(Photo Courtesy of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

The council, which meets twice a year, consists of 55 members appointed by the president, as well as five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State.

Presidential appointments serve for a five year term; 11 members’ terms expire each year, the release stated.

Ms. Levine is director emeritus of Hospice of the Valley, a position she has held since 2016. Previously she was executive director of Hospice of the Valley from 1994 to 2016.

She held various positions at Olsten Kimberly QualityCare from 1974 to 1994 including regional director, branch manager, assistant branch manager, and personnel director.

Ms. Levine was a staff nurse at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital from 1986 to 1988, clinic administrator at General Medical Associates Medical Clinic from 1974 to 1976, and supervisor service coordinator at St. Luke’s Medical Center from 1972 to 1976.

She is a member of several boards including the Health Care Policy Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Home Healthcare Nurses Association Advisory Board, and the Arizona Women’s Foundation, the release stated.

Ms. Levine was inducted into the NAHC Hall of Fame in 2014. She received a B.S. from the Temple University and an A.S. from Scottsdale Community College.

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