During her tenure in University Advancement, Beth became increasingly concerned about preparing students for life after college.  This concern led to her research focusing on the National Association of College and Employers career services standards and implementing change management principles to meet those standards.  Following the completion of her dissertation, Beth took a life sabbatical during which she cared for her father.  During this time, she immersed herself into learning more about problem solving methods and Design Thinking for collaborative innovation.  Her first opportunity to utilize Design Thinking methodology was as a Collaborative Research Fellow with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.  Beth explored the question; How might we help seniors remain independent?  Prior to becoming a University Innovation Fellow, focusing on the project, Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment, Beth worked as a Design Thinking Partner with the Denver Public School District, Imaginarium Team.  Beth holds an Ed.D from the University of La Verne in Southern California, a MPA from the University of IL, Springfield and a BS in Education from IL State.

Beth supports The Ohio State University and Purdue University in the BGEE Initiative.