Started in 1983, the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation continues to add value with its original purpose at inception: to support Ivinson Memorial Hospital provide the best care to our community. Years later this purpose holds true. The vision of the Foundation is to provide the support necessary so Ivinson Memorial Hospital can be the best community hospital in the United States. We believe in this lofty vision, and we work with energy and passion to make this vision our reality.
The Foundation is comprised of nearly 50 board members who direct the strategic planning, manage investments and funding distributions, and advocate for Ivinson. The Foundation staff manage the daily operations as directed by the Board through the strategic plan.
Although an entirely separate and independently governed 501©3 non-profit, the Foundation personnel and administrative space costs are provided by IMH. The value on this relationship is that donor dollars are able to go further and are maximized without having to contribute to staff salaries and office rental space.
The Foundation Board leads and directs the Foundation. The Board is divided into several committees, all with a focus on the vision of the Foundation. For a visual of our strategic plan, please click here.
Beth Young Jones, Executive Director
Beth’s mission is to do great work alongside creative people while solving meaningful problems. She also believes no one should experience poor health outcomes because of where they live. Beth works with the Board, donors, and staff to ensure the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation is a place full of creativity and energy, ready for opportunities to improve patient care, staff culture. Ivinson has a responsibility to the community as a driver of economic development and the Foundation works with the community to ensure we can deliver the best possible care. She is immensely grateful to work with such a wonderful organization and with exceptional people.
Beth serves as a member of Governor Mead’s Jackson Hole Technology Partnership. Disruptive innovation and the immense possibilities that align in our world right now to make that all happen is what gets Beth out of bed in the morning. You may also find her on her bike or paddle board, dreaming of the next big thing.
Brett Kahler, Major Gifts Officer
Brett Kahler is a proud native of Wyoming, having been born and raised in Casper. Brett is an alum of the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication. After graduation, he spent 4 years in Cheyenne, where he worked for both the state and federal government before returning to Laramie.
Brett is passionate about connecting people to their interests, a task he takes on at the IMH Foundation through his work in donor development. He continually works for ways to build relationships with those who currently support our community hospital, and seeks to bring new faces to the table as well.
In his spare time, Brett is also involved with youth leadership development through his work with The American Legion Wyoming Boys’ State program. He also enjoys building new personal relationships, exploring the wide-open outdoors, and trying to improve his skills on the golf course (when the Wyoming wind and weather cooperates).
Joe Marr, Accountant
Joe believes working at the Foundation is rewarding because he can help impact the healthcare for everyone in his community. You’ll notice Joe frequently say Ivinson is a great place to come to work every day.
Joe notes he has lived in enough different places to know how special Laramie is and what a reward it is to be able to call it home. Spending time in the hills with his family — including the ones that bark — and hiking, camping, and exploring is the best way for everyone to spend the summer. Joe says being one small part of Ivinson has been a great experience, and living in Wyoming will always be his favorite.
Lauren Whitby, Foundation Coordinator
A native Arizonan, Lauren has lived in Laramie since June 2016 with her husband, Kyle, and their dog, Cosmo. Lauren received a bachelor’s degree in English language from Brigham Young University and is currently working on her master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management through Arkansas State University.
As the Foundation Coordinator for the IMH Foundation, Lauren oversees the volunteer program and the Sandy Joy scholarship program. She also assists with coordinating board and committee meetings and planning fundraising events.
Lauren is driven by the consistent opportunities to improve patient care by spearheading new projects and improving fundraising efforts. She prides herself in expanding the volunteer program to include a new patient arts program at the hospital. The Arts at Ivinson program is an example of Lauren’s ability to innovate and create new programs to augment patient care.