Susie Benefield is a native Alabamian from Birmingham, graduating from high school in 1976 and attending Jefferson State Community College. Susie moved to Tennessee with her family in 1990 and is widowed with two grown children.
Before working at TOSS, Susie worked for two years with the Maury County Board of Education's Workforce Initiative Grant as a stenographer. Kip Reel, former executive director of TOSS, hired Susie in 2004. She is active in her church and community and enjoys gardening and going to the Nashville flea market.