Beth Sartore Scholarship Fund


Fund Purpose: To support professional development opportunities for association staff and advance professional practice in association management and non-profit/foundation management.

As chief strategy officer of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Beth Sartore focused on strategic growth and data-driven results for the organization. She held a leadership role in translating the vision developed by the Board of Directors into shared alignment throughout the organization and driving change.


Beth directed AANS educational programs and services, digital strategy/information technology, strategic new business development, human relations strategy, talent acquisition and development to execute strategies that delivered results.

Beth exhibited a strong commitment to the association management profession. During her tenure at AANS, Beth spearheaded programs to foster the staff’s professional development. Her commitment to improving personal and organizational performance to advance the profession models the AANS’ values and mission.

After a valiant battle with cancer, Beth passed away on July 8, 2022. In recognition of her commitment to the growth and development of the AANS staff, the Beth Sartore Scholarship Fund has been established to support scholarships for association staff. There is no better tribute than to offer a scholarship fund in her name to help support non-profit professionals advancing their education and experience to better partner with physician leaders throughout our enterprise.

In addition to her work with AANS, Beth held positions at the Radiological Society of North America, the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She was a certified association executive and volunteer for the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Beth was recognized as a Forty Under 40® Award recipient by the Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE and she received the Distinguished Member Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions.

Beth, a longtime resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, was an active volunteer at Immaculate Conception Grade School and a cheer coach with the Elmhurst Eagles.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick, her children, Adam and Mia, parents, Coral and Allen Arneson, sister Carrie (Joe) Novak, her in-laws, Bonnie and Jack Sartore, Katy (Rocco) Casamassimo, Jorie (Steve) Sullivan and Michael (Kelly) Sartore.

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