Beth E. Ragsdale

Founder and Executive Director of Words on Wheels

Beth is the Founder and first Executive Director of Words on Wheels, Inc. She formed this organization with a board of trusted friends, family, and colleagues, each with high levels of business acumen, marketing and technical expertise, as well as infant and toddler specialization.  They are committed to the mission and vision of Words on Wheels.  

Beth retired from First Midwest Bank after a forty two year career in community banking. She served on the local boards of A Safe Place, Vista Health System, Waukegan Township Staben House, City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce, University Center of Lake County/Lakeshore Campus, Artspace, and Vista Healthy Woman.  She held numerous positions, as Chair, Treasurer, and committee member for these organizations.  Beth was involved in many community activities in Lake County Illinois including fundraising and capital campaigns.  She created an annual scholarship committee and award given by the City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce.

Beth has two daughters, and two grandchildren, she’s been married to Jim for over forty years.  They all share a passion for young children and a love of language which provided the motivation behind Words on Wheels, Inc.