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Board of Governors welcomes new interim CEO

Posted on April 12, 2021


The Bethany Group’s Governing Board welcomes Carla Beck as their new Interim CEO.  Carla replaces former CEO Mike Leathwood who recently retired.

“I am very excited to have Carla lead our Bethany Group Management Team and Staff Members during these unusually difficult and stressful times” said Jack Ramsden, Board Chair. “Mike left our organization in a strong financial position and I am confident that Carla has the leadership skills required to lead our organization efficiently in the year ahead.”

Carla brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in health and housing. Since 1993, she has worked with The Bethany Group in a variety of roles. With a degree in Recreation Administration, Carla built upon that foundation as leader for the Clinical Support Team. In 2014, she took on a new role and portfolio as Manager of Planning and Corporate Strategies before moving into Director roles in both Housing and Health.

Carla’s hands-on knowledge of how to create a caring community made her the natural selection to lead The Bethany Group though two cycles of Accreditation, the most recent in 2019 earning the organization Accreditation with Commendation.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carla has been the lead for The Bethany Group’s response and continues to be a guiding light for the organization through the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll the pandemic has taken on staff, clients, and their families. Her inspirational leadership has helped The Bethany Group cope and thrive.

“Though I haven’t been able to visit the sites due to restrictions brought about by COVID-19, I’m looking forward to the day we can once again gather together,” said Carla Beck, CEO. “I think it’s important to see how everyone is doing and while it’s difficult right now to make those connections, I have confidence in my teams that they are working together to give that person-centered care to our residents and each other.” 

As The Bethany Group’s CEO, Carla is responsible for all of the Bethany Group’s operations, staffing, and facilities. Carla also leads the organization in the provision of CAO services to the Camrose & Area Lodge Authority, the Flagstaff Regional Housing Group, the Lacombe Foundation, the Parkland Foundation, and the Wetaskiwin & Area Lodge Authority.