Ms. Beechem became involved in the mission to eradicate brain cancer the way many people do — by fate rather than choice.
Ms. Beechem’s late husband, Pete Nadherny, was 60 years old and going full throttle in his executive search business when he started having trouble remembering names. It was a kind of forgetting that didn’t feel like normal aging. Mr. Nadherny’s instincts were correct, and a full body scan revealed a brain tumor. His diagnosis in December 2005 began a journey that, for Ms. Beechem, continues today.
Ms. Beechem, who joined the UC Brain Tumor Center’s Community Advisory Board in 2009 and now serves as its chair, brings considerable leadership skills to the position. She was Executive Vice President of Metropolitan Banking for U.S. Bancorp, managing its retail branch system throughout the United States, before retiring to help her husband battle his disease. She was a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2002.
Ms. Beechem, who is Chair of the YWCA’s Board of Directors and a co-founder of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, also launched an eight-week grief support group at her church, Crossroads. She is a member of the Alliance Academy School Board and Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable. She also finds time to serve as a mentor with Gardens of Greenup and Cincinnati Works, and to deliver groceries to sick elderly clients as a volunteer with the Mercy HOME program.
Ms. Beechem was one of ten women honored as the 2010 Enquirer Women of the Year for her contributions to improving the lives of people in the community.
Ms. Beechem has published a memoir about her journey with Pete, “So Far So Good.” Ms. Beechem is generously donating proceeds from the book to the UC Brain Tumor Center.