Beth has always worked in the Jewish community. She began her career teaching kindergarten at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School in 1986 and taught there until 2009. Thereafter, she worked as the Sunday School principal for Congregation Shir Hadash and then found her way Ovation Communities as the first formal Volunteer Coordinator. Beth turned the program established by Hand in Hand into the professional program that it is today.
“Beth has brought our volunteer department from so-so, to a very large and diverse group of people, young and old,” said Mary Anne-Selby, Hand in Hand and Ovation Jewish Home Board Member. “These volunteers have given their time to fill the lives of our residents with happiness, joy and companionship.”
When Beth began her tenure, she was told to remember one important rule: “Volunteers are golden to our organization, so be sure to treat them that way.” Many of our volunteers have been involved with our organization through generations.
Throughout her journey as the volunteer manager, Beth developed community partnerships with local universities. In 2012, Beth received the Community Partner Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on behalf of Ovation’s volunteer program. Under Beth’s leadership Ovation Communities has won several awards for its volunteer program.
“If you put in as much effort enjoying your retirement as you have working for Ovation Communities, it is sure to be a success,” said Arleen Peltz, Board Member and Past Board Chair, Ovation Jewish Home and the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation.