Beth Ankerholz may be a short-timer — her last day at the Bert Nash Center will be Aug. 2. But she sure can’t be accused of mailing it in.
Even as Ankerholz gets closer to that final day, she continues to work just as hard as she has done for the past 30 years. She does whatever is required to meet the needs of the Center.
“I don’t know how to be any other way,” said the Bert Nash IT director. “I just can’t do it. It’s not me. There’s too much to do.”
Ankerholz will retire after three decades of service with Bert Nash. She will celebrate her 30th work anniversary at the Center on July 18. She’s still getting used to the idea of not showing up for work every day.
“It’s hard to imagine not coming in here, because I’ve been doing this so long,” Ankerholz said. “I am looking forward to retirement, but it’s going to take awhile to let go of Bert Nash.”
Ankerholz has been on what she called her memory tour for the past year.
“I keep thinking, this is the last whatever,” she said. “But I’ve been thinking about this moment (turning over her duties to someone else) and preparing for it. I have absolute, total confidence in everybody being able to step up and do whatever needs to be done after I’m gone.”
The IT team at Bert Nash certainly doesn’t lack longevity.
“There are 105 years of experience between the five of us,” Ankerholz said. “That’s a lot of history.”
During the 30 years Ankerholz has been at the Center, a lot has changed as far as technology.
“Before we moved into this building (in 1999 when the Community Health Facility was opened), we had maybe 20 computers,” Ankerholz said. “We bought 100 new computers when we moved in and we thought we were uptown. The evolution from that period of time to what we have now, there’s a lot that’s happened in between.”
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the dedication of the Bert Nash staff.
“It’s part of our culture, people going the extra mile,” Ankerholz said. “We attract people who are invested in our mission and who care deeply about our clients and in each other. That’s been a consistent theme in my 30 years.”
Asked what she will miss the most, Ankerholz didn’t hesitate.
“The guys,” she said, referring to the Bert Nash IT staff. “It’s always about the relationships you have formed over the years that leave the lasting impressions and are the things you will miss the most.”
The feeling is mutual.
“During a recent team meeting, one of the guys was very sweet, he said I’ve had three COOs I’ve worked under at Bert Nash, but I’ve only had one Beth,” Ankerholz said, smiling as she recalled the story.
Besides being the Bert Nash IT director, Ankerholz serves as the unofficial Bert Nash cheerleader.
“I do get fired up and ready to go. That’s a title I wear with honor — Bert Nash cheerleader,” she said.
That won’t change after she retires.
“I will always be a Bert Nash cheerleader,” Ankerholz said.