Houston Treasure for 2019
Photo by: Gittings
Susan Arnoldy Hansen, a native Houstonian, graduated from the University of Texas in Interior Design. She started Susan Hansen Interior Design over forty years ago and has numerous design awards and has been published in many magazines and newspapers. Recognized for her professional accomplishments and leadership capabilities, Susan was presented with the “Notable Woman of Texas” award early in her career. Despite her full-time design work, she learned from her parents that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a better place.
With a family history of heart disease, she focused on the American Heart Association. She first chaired the Heart Ball, then became President of the Heart Guild, she served on the State’s Affiliate Board, and became Chairman of the Houston Board. She co-chaired the City’s first “Go Red for Women” luncheon and co-chaired the “Circle of Red Society.” She has twice been awarded the “Volunteer of the Year” and was given the “Award of Excellence” by the AHA.
For ten years Susan has served on the Board of the Houston Symphony with a focus on the Pop’s Committee, and serves on the Board of the Symphony League, as well. Susan also loves her work with the Salvation Army.
Susan is actively involved on the Board of Baylor Partnership, co-chairing their first large gala in 2004. She has also been involved with VICTORY (American Cancer Society), chaired a luncheon for AWARE (Alzheimer’s Association), chaired a gala for the Bayou Preservation Association, chaired an “Opening Night” gala for the Houston Symphony, chaired a Krist Samaritan Center gala, and the list goes on.
After being tapped in 2005 as a CCFA “Woman of Distinction”, she went on to co-chair the Winter Ball in 2016. This year she is focusing on chairing the second annual “Woman of Substance” luncheon benefitting The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter and will be an honoree at the “Hats Off To Mothers” luncheon benefitting Easter Seals.
However, Susan considers her greatest accomplishments to be her two beautiful daughters, Brooke and Brittany, and her four precious grandsons that she shares with husband, Dick.