Tuesday, January 31, 2017
About Laura Beyer
Laura Beyer moved to the Intermountain area as a child and graduated from Fall River High School. Laura received a BA (history) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and a MA (international relations) and MBA from Webster University in Leiden, Netherlands.
Laura worked as a project manager and grant writer for the non-profit Global Human Rights Defense in The Hague, Netherlands which focused primarily on lessening human rights abuses against minority groups in Bangladesh. Laura then moved to Canberra, Australia to work for the federal government as a risk manager first for the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs and then for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which she spent the bulk of her time.
With AusAID, Laura was able to work across all the $5 billion program being delivered focusing on improving outcomes through more efficient and effective risk management. She worked closely with strategic management, fraud control and internal audit. Laura's team won an all of federal government award for most improved risk management in an agency and other aid agency's have adopted the model they developed. AusAID also provided Laura the opportunity to travel to many countries around the world to view projects underway including countries such as Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Solomon Islands and many more. This brought about a passion for learning about and understanding different cultures and people.
In 2014, Laura and her husband, Brent, returned to the Intermountain area. Laura joined the Quality Committee as a Community Member shortly thereafter. Laura is also a substitute teacher at the local schools. Laura wanted to join the Board because she knows how critical the hospital is to the area and wants to contribute to ensuring it provides the services we need and want. Laura has a passion for cooking and gourmet food, organic gardening and international affairs.
In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.