Settling in: New CEO introduces herself to Natrona County nonprofit community

Last month, Natrona Collective Health Trust announced a leadership transition, naming Beth Worthen as its new CEO following the resignation of current CEO Meredith Benton. The full press release can be found on our website.

Beth assumed her new role November 1, and wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce herself, reflect on the work of the Trust, and share her thoughts about the future:

Dear friends and partners:

As I near the end of my third week as the new CEO for the Natrona Collective Health Trust, I want to introduce myself and share some thoughts about our work. 

First, I applaud Meredith and the board and staff of the Health Trust for building the game-changing organization that exists today. Only two years ago, the affiliation between Banner Health and Wyoming Medical Center gave our foundation a new identity and mission. In the early days, our advisors told us that it would take several years to build the elements necessary to launch the foundation’s programs. But the Trust’s resources are the community’s resources, and we wanted them deployed as quickly as possible. Meredith and the NCHT team led an ambitious effort to develop the financial, operational, and programmatic elements of the Trust in a manner that was innovative, community-centered, and comprehensive. We’re now approaching our third year of grantmaking – and slowing down is not remotely on the radar. Stay tuned for some exciting launches in 2023!   

A little about me: I’m a sixth generation Wyomingite and my family has called Casper home for 17 years. I’ve worked as a policy analyst for Governor Dave Freudenthal, assistant director for the Wyoming Healthcare Commission, affiliate coordinator for the Wyoming Community Foundation, and executive director for the Natrona County Library Foundation. I’ve served as volunteer or board member with CASA, Climb Wyoming, Meals on Wheels, Serve Wyoming, The Science Zone, Wyoming Medical Center, and the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. I’ve learned a lot from the amazing nonprofit leaders in our community and look forward to learning much more.

Our work at the NCHT comes down to trusting our partners to know how best to address our community’s challenges and doing what we can to get them what they need. That approach manifests itself in lots of ways. Grantmaking? Of course. But there’s a lot more that we do! We offer a table for having cross-sector discussions and partnership-development. We take deep dives into the roots of community challenges and put resources toward changing systems. We advocate at local and state levels to amplify voices and push for change. And we can be the person on the phone (or the video call, or across a table with a warm beverage in hand) to listen to your success stories, hard day vents, and everything in between.  

Our mission of the Trust – promoting the mental wellbeing of our community’s young people – is one that literally hits home for me. As a mom, I know how hard it is to navigate through mental health crises for the people I love the most. I also know that lives are saved and transformed when unrelenting compassion, empathy, and support comes from family members and the heroes in our schools, medical community, nonprofit world, and churches. I’m proud, humbled, and honored to be a small part of this work and look forward to doing it alongside you.

     – Beth

P.S. I’d love to hear about YOUR work – please feel free to reach out by calling me direct at 243-2161 or emailing [email protected].