Beth was born and raised in rural northeast Iowa. Following her passion for working with children, Beth attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she majored in special education and elementary education. She taught for two years in Iowa before moving to California with her husband Jerry. Beth spent the next 35 years in education, both as a teacher and as a district administrator in the San Juan Unified School District, just on the outskirts of Sacramento. During this time, Beth was the busy mom of two boys and was active in volunteering for her church, the local Little League, and the foundation serving her children’s school district.
In 2013 and after retirement, Beth and her husband moved to Tahoe to pursue their dream of living at the lake. They both enjoy the many opportunities and activities that Tahoe provides. In her spare time, Beth enjoys traveling, golfing, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Beth’s involvement with Bread & Broth began when she first heard about the B&B 4 Kids program to provide weekend meals for needy children. During her career, Beth saw firsthand in her classroom the effects of children struggling with food insecurity and wanted to participate in a program that addressed that need in the Tahoe community. Currently, she packs weekend backpacks for the B&B 4 Kids program and volunteers for the Summer Kids Program. In addition, Beth serves on the B&B Advisory Board as Communications Chairperson, which includes communication for all B&B events and grant writing to solicit organizational donations.