Betsy DeVos was born Elisabeth Prince in January 1958. Her father was billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince and her mother was Elsa Zwiep Prince. DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan where she attended the private Holland Christian High School. She earned a BA degree from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids. She was raised in the Christian Reformed Church in North America and went on to join the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids where she served as an elder. DeVos is a member of the Republican Party, and she served as chairwoman for the Republican Party in Michigan. She is known for supporting school choice, charter schools, and school voucher programs. Betsy married Dick DeVos Jr., son of Richard DeVos Sr., a co-founder of Amway. She is the current Secretary of Education for the United States. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Betsy and Dick DeVos founded the Windquest Group in 1989. This equity investment firm invests in manufacturing, technology, hospitality, and clean energy. Betsy served as chairman of the Group from 1993 to 2016. The DeVoses are also board members and investors in Neurocore Brain Performance Centers. This company offers testing and treatment for several conditions that include sleep disorders, anxiety, stress, depression, migraines, autism, ADD, and ADHD. The treatment is drug-free and based on science using brainwave analysis. Repetitive positive reinforcement trains your brain to reduce or eliminate symptoms of the disorders. Biofeedback and neurofeedback sessions last about 45 minutes and use the brain’s neuroplasticity or ability to change. Thousands of people have gone through the 90-day program are now able to live normal lives free of medication.
Betsy DeVos is well known for her philanthropy. She served as a vice president of the Prince Foundation also called the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation after her parents who created it. The organization supports Christian churches, schools, and other organizations. In 1989, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was created. This organization gives to support 5 areas: community, arts, education, leadership, and justice. The DeVos Foundation gives huge amounts to health research, hospitals, and other organizations. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has a first rate Pediatric Oncology Program known globally. It is named for the mother of Dick DeVos. It really is “All In The Family” when it comes to charitable donations from Betsy DeVos and her family.
President George W. Bush appointed DeVos to the director’s board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She served there from 2004 to 2010. During that time she donated millions to promote programs at the Center. DeVos is also engaged in education activism. She would like to see the numbers of for-profit charter schools increased so that parents will have increased choice. She also favors school vouchers that allow students to use public funding to attend private schools. Betsy has served on many boards and has been active in many organizations including the Alliance for School Choice, All Children Matter PAC, Advocates for School Choice, American Education Reform Council, Education Freedom Fund, Choices for Children, the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP), and the American Federation for Children (AFC). The success of children through education is truly an ideal Betsy DeVos believes in. Check this article from New York Post.