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.

foundation staff

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.

Foundation Board of Directors

Tom Hembree
Joe Steiner
Vice President
Nancy Stutzman
Duane Cattles
Kim Negich
Jack Bedessem
Megan Overmann Goetz
Legal Counsel
Doug Faus
Beth Jones
Executive Director
Thomas Bienz
William Biles
Donald Brosz
Sharleen Castle
Leslie Comly
Gary Crum
Mike Cunningham
Frank Cylvick
Robbie Darnall
Irene Devin
Nancy English
Paul Etchepare
Megan Friderich
Hayden Fuchs
Daniel Furphy
Jim Geesey
William Gern
Paul Greaser
LJ Guthmann
Nick Hauser
Dave Krause
Kem Krueger
Tom Mangan
Richard McGinity
John McPherson
Kelly Milam
Rebecca Miller
Janelle Morehouse
Laurie Nichols
Mindy Parvin
Paul Rechard
Terry Roark
Karen Saunders
James Slater
Brandon Specht
Emory Spiegelberg
Jack Ullrich
John Vandel
Brad Walgren
Guy Warpness
Laurie Westlake
If you are interested in partnering with any of the programs listed on this website, please contact the Foundation at 307-755-4520. We welcome discussions about other programs that are not on our website, but may be of interest to you.