Sara provides mission based, collaborative leadership to Emmanuel Hospice in her role as Executive Director of Emmanuel Hospice. She has over fifteen years of health care experience working in both Hospice and Long-Term Care. Sara has served patients in a variety of settings, as well as provided leadership and education regarding end-of-life issues to healthcare staff and the community. In addition, she has collaborated with community organizations on initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare across the continuum in our community.
Sara serves on the Making Choices Michigan Steering Committee, is the Co-Chair of the Michigan Home Care and Hospice Public Policy Committee, a member of the Interfaith Service Council of the Kaufmann Interfaith Institute, President of the Northview Community Swim Team and has previously served as a Board Member of HIV/AIDS Services (Now the Red Project).
Sara earned her BSW and MSW from Grand Valley State University where she served as President of the BSW Student Organization and studied abroad in Durban South Africa at University of Natal completing a service learning project at an HIV/AIDS clinic.
Sara has called West Michigan home for her entire life growing up in Zeeland Michigan where she lived with her parents Mike and Kathy Torrey and her sister Kristin Torrey.
She currently lives in Northeast Grand Rapids with her husband Elliott (married 14 years) and their two children, Avery (10) and Hudson (8). As a family they are active in the Northview Community and in their faith community of Trinity United Methodist Church.