BIO: Beth Ernst joined the Westby Associates team in August 2018 as the Executive Administrative Assistant, now a Junior Associate. Her compassionate and nurturing nature, along with her detail-oriented and organized mentality, make her a huge asset in supporting the variety of client projects and staff needs. Beth’s brings a wide variety of non-profit experience to complement the variety of clients who partner with Westby Associates.
Beth first realized her passion for working with non-profits while serving at the Staff Volunteer for Brethren Volunteer Service, based in Elgin, IL. After two years assisting with volunteer orientation, mid-year retreats, non-profit project support and general office work, Beth knew her calling was to be involved in non-profits in one way or another. She then moved to the Pacific Northwest and found her niche working at Animal Aid, a local no-kill animal shelter. Here she was an integral part to all operations at the small non-profit, gaining experience in everything from bookkeeping, marketing, and development, to giving insulin to a cat and cleaning a lot of litter boxes! After meeting her (now) husband Beth moved north of the Columbia River and sustained her connection with Animal Aid as a member of the Board of Directors.
In her free time, Beth immerses herself in creative projects at home with her husband and four rescue cats. Her volunteer work in animal welfare often means there is a foster dog around the house as well.