Most people know the name Betsy DeVos from President Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, but she has been in politics and philanthropy for decades. Betsy hails from one of America’s richest families, the Prince (Edgar) family. Her father Edgar was the CEO and Founder of Prince Corporation and she served for several years as the vice president of the family’s Prince Foundation. She, along with her husband also founded their own philanthropic endeavor, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, nearly 30 years ago. He husband, Dick, is the former President and founder of Amway.
Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for education for decades. Her family foundation has donated millions of dollars to hospitals as well as private, charter, and public schools. She has been an advocate for school choice as well as Christian education, and the opening up of the education market by privatizing public schools. The idea is to create a school system that is financially stable while giving parents more flexibility in their child’s education.
Betsy DeVos attacks her philanthropic endeavors from a variety of angles, from her foundation to serving as the chairman of both the American Foundation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. She serves on the board of over a dozen foundations that seek to improve education. Her entire adult life has been dedicated to a more pliable education system with less government involvement. She believes that the family should have a larger impact and influence on the education of the children. Dick DeVos has also served on the Michigan State Board of Education, proving that himself and Betsy are devoted to this cause.
The DeVos Family Foundation is intent on placing the education of children back into the control of the child’s family and community. She believes that by providing more school choices that schools will be incentivised to “compete” for students and therefore improving the quality of education. She believes that the public school system as it exists creates a stagnate education systems that does not give schools and teachers the incentive to grow. By increasing competition in schools, Betsy believes we can create a better education system for all. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
In August 2006, InnovaCare Health in Puerto Rico announced that Penelope Kokkinides joined their executive team as chief administrative officer. President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Shinto, M.D. stated that her expertise with Medicare and Medicaid programs would prove invaluable to the Medicare Advantage plan company. Before joining InnovaCare, Kokkinides held executive positions at Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health and AmeriChoice. Kokkinides earned a B.S. degree from Binghamton University, majoring in both classical languages and biological sciences. She earned two M.S. degrees, one in social work from New York University and one in public health from Columbia University. Read more about Rick on Businesswire.
Shinto’s educational background and job history is equally impressive. After earning his medical degree from the State University of New York and an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, Shinto practiced medicine as a pulmonologist and an internist. Later, Rick Shinto served as the chief medical officer at Cal Optima Health Plan, Medical Pathways Management Company and NAMM. In 2014, Shinto received the Access to Caring Award at Western University of Health Sciences annual gala the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Accepting his award, Shinto said, “In Puerto Rico, we’ve been dedicated to integrating behavioral health and medical care into the lives of our more than 200,000 seniors. Over the past several years our company has been able to introduce new strategies to enhance the quality and access to care to a population that has been plagued by poverty, by lack of education, and a shortage of health care providers.”
Kokkinides traveled to the White House in April 2017 to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by Donald Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, where she conferred with the seven other participants about federal healthcare legislation. As any dedicated executive would do, Kokkinides advocated for increasing the funding for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico.
In Puerto Rico, InnovaCare Health operates physician practice services as well as MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice, the island’s leading Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 200,000 men and women. Both Medicare Advantage plans earned the Commendable Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance; no other Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico can make such a claim.