Women’s History Month : Beth Barto


As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we would like to shine a spotlight on LUK, Inc.’s CEO, Beth Barto. Barto started her human services journey in 1998 with a practicum in psychology, followed by her role as a research assistant at Assumption College, to facilitating group therapy at The Lipton Center in Leominster, MA, and then as a clinician at the Perkins School in Lancaster, MA. Beth’s journey at LUK started in 2006 as a Clinical Supervisor, followed by roles such as Director of Residential Services, Director of Family Networks, Director of Trauma Services, Director of Quality Assurance, and currently as Chief Executive Officer. Barto also has a long history of involvement with several communities and organizations throughout her 20 years of service. She has been involved with various organizations as a board member, such as, The Association of Behavioral Healthcare Trade Organization and The Children’s League of Massachusetts, a team member for mental health response teams, and a licensed trainer in the following resources; Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, Resource Parent Curriculum Master, Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma and Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency trainings.

Not only is Barto a dedicated and valuable part of LUK’s team, but she works just as hard in her personal life as a mother to two girls. Working a full-time and intense schedule as the CEO of a human service agency is both time consuming and overwhelming at times, but that does not stop her from making time for her daughters. Barto’s youngest daughter is currently college hunting and has the support of her mom throughout the whole process. Barto shows the power of following your dreams and setting an example for her daughters through her perseverance, many years of service, and role as a CEO. As Tory Burch once said, “As a working mother, I know that women can be both professionally ambitious and deeply committed to their families.” Barto exemplifies what it is to be a strong, successful, and dedicated woman as both a mother and a professional.

Another great example of an honorable woman who is a hard-worker and a dedicated mother of two girls is Michelle Obama. “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. Being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams,” Obama said during her address at ‘Let Girls Learn’ Joint Partnership Announcement. As she described, being a mom and a professional simultaneously inspires hard-work and paving a path for her daughters to be successful as well. Barto represents this example and works to be successful and inspiring for her daughters and all women aspiring to be a CEO.

Happy Women’s History Month!