Sandee Levin Obituary, Sandee Levin has passed away unexpectedly
- by Alex Danvers
Sandee Levin Obituary, Death – We are writing to convey our deepest condolences on the loss of Sandee Levin, who was both a beloved friend and a valued colleague. On Saturday, November 19, she went away peacefully. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (VANHA) for 27 years, during which time she guided the organization through the years leading up to its transformation into LeadingAge Virginia, which we are all familiar with today. I am extremely grateful to Sandee for all that I was able to learn from her while working at LeadingAge Virginia in the roles of Vice President and Legislative Counsel.
It is difficult even now to put into words the enormous impact that she had on my life and the lives of people who are involved with our organization. She educated me in both my professional and personal life in a variety of different ways. It was genuinely remarkable to observe how she integrated these two aspects of her life into a single whole in order to make a constructive contribution to the field of aging services. Not only did she instruct me on how to be an efficient lobbyist, but she also assisted me in developing some other essential roles in my life, such as that of a wife and mother. These were the two most important things to her.
Sandee ensured that each day contained a different focus on all three aspects of her life, despite the fact that being a working mother made it difficult to strike a balance between all of these aspects of her life. The fact that Sandee welcomed my husband, children, and ourselves into her life and family is something for which I will be eternally thankful. Sandee was of the opinion that the key to success in any endeavor was to cultivate meaningful connections with others. She quickly became the most important aspect of every challenge that we overcame together. Above all else, she approached events with a lighthearted attitude in order to defuse any possible tensions while also laying a positive foundation on which to build momentum and make progress.
Her power was so great that it could be felt simply by mentioning her name; I became aware of this fact very early on since she was held in such high esteem by so many people in the political sphere. There are a lot of hilarious anecdotes that I could tell you about Sandee and my antics at the Capitol, on the road to meet with members, or even just hanging out at our office in Innsbrook. Some of these anecdotes take place at the Capitol, while others take place while we are traveling to meet with members. In recognition of everything she had done to advance our industry, the General Assembly passed a resolution in her honor in the year 2015. Today, Senate Joint Resolution No. 223 is in effect, which commemorates her 27 years of devoted service.
Mike Martin, who served as the former chair of VANHA and is now the president of Riverside Retirement Services, recently had this to say about Sandee: “She brought VANHA from a one-person staff to a highly operating professional company with passion. Sandee was an excellent representative of Virginia’s wide-ranging membership. Long hours were spent cooperating toward the common goal of improving the standing of the member groups. She was a staunch supporter of VANHA-LeadingAge in every possible way. Because of her efforts, a significant amount of progress has been made within the trade group.
During this trying time, we want the family and friends of Sandee to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. This location contains details regarding the services she provides. When information regarding a memorial service in Richmond becomes available, we will communicate with you regarding the specifics of the event.
Sandee Levin Obituary, Death – We are writing to convey our deepest condolences on the loss of Sandee Levin, who was both a beloved friend and a valued colleague. On Saturday, November 19, she went away peacefully. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging…