Beth Toner, RN, MJ, MSN, senior communications officer, has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and corporate communications. She is also a registered nurse with clinical experience in long-term care and community health settings.
In her current role, Toner provides strategic communications support for programs that equip 21st-century leaders and researchers from all sectors to help build healthier communities and practices. Toner finds her work at the Foundation to be the perfect blend of her two passions: communications and health care. “I chose nursing as a second career because I care deeply about making a difference in the lives of people when they are at their most vulnerable,” she said. “This role allows me to do that in a systemic way.”
Toner joined the Foundation in 2012 from The Hartford, where she was director of marketing initiatives for the Advanced Markets Group. Prior to her work with The Hartford, Toner was a senior web content developer for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has also served as a multimedia communications specialist for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and a public relations coordinator for Harleysville Insurance.
Toner holds an associate of applied science in nursing from Delaware County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from Messiah College, a master of journalism degree from Temple University, and a master of science in nursing from Eastern Mennonite University.
Born in Detroit, Toner currently lives in Pottstown, Pa., with her husband, Joe, and their son, Joseph, while their adult children make their way in the world. She is also a volunteer nurse at a free clinic in West Chester, Pa. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family, and summited Mount Washington (New Hampshire) to celebrate her 50th birthday. Until her knees wore out, she was an avid runner, completing 23 marathons and more than 40 half marathons. She is also an avid fan of all things Star Trek, having published a short story in the Pocket Books anthology Strange New Worlds VI.