Beth moved to Ithaca in 1972 for graduate school at Cornell, having graduated from U Cal Berkeley. She led a long career in community development and housing finance and retired a few years ago. She served in the Peace Corps in Nepal from (phone number hidden) and continues to be active in Nepal, heading up the non-profit Educate the Children, which works in Nepal ((website hidden)). Beth is an avid skiier and hiker, and has four grandchildren with two on the way. Her husband, Thys Van Cort (also recently retired) , was the director of city planning for the city of Ithaca for over thirty years.