Betsy DeVos: An Exemplary Role Model

Betsy DeVos has risen to become one of the powerful women in the Trump administration. She was nominated and later confirmed as the 11th Secretary of Education of the United States.

Her nomination to the post was not expected, but it wasn’t a surprise either. Betsy DeVos is passionate and dedicated to the education sector. In the past, she has been involved in projects that are geared to improving the school system in the United States. That is what made her the best candidate for the job.

Even though her nomination did not go unopposed, Betsy has proven to be a valuable member of the administration.

Philanthropy work

Following her appointment, Betsy was mandated to provide information on her charity contributions to the committee. However, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos decided to reveal the information to the public instead. The decision came under great criticism from some of the officials, but it was a testament for their transparency.

According to the reports, the couple has contributed $139 million towards different causes. At the end of 2015, it was indicated that they contributed $11 million. $3 million of the total amount was meant for the education system.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was launched in 1989. Through the Foundation, the couple has donated millions of money to different organizations including Christian Schools, hospitals, health research, and art organizations.

Betsy has also been in support of the art sector. In 2009, they founded the ArtPrize which is an international art competition. Before that, she served as a member of the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

During her tenure, Betsy and her husband funded a center that that would teach managers and directors the art of fundraising.

The DeVos family established an annual scholarship program that seeks to support students pursuing the BBA, MBA or both. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Education activist

Betsy is involved with the School Choice Campaign. She believes that the education system in the United States should be open to For-profit school charter. Betsy also stated that changing the education department will have a greater impact in the future.

She is a strong proponent of the school vouchers education system. Betsy believes that the students should be allowed to attend the private school, with public funding.

Political involvement

Betsy has been actively involved in politics since 1982. She served as a delegate to the Michigan Republican Party for 16 consecutive times. Between 1992 and 1997, Betsy served as Committeewoman for Michigan.

Betsy was elected to the position of chairwoman for the party, and she served in that capacity from 1996 to 2000 before she resigned. She was later reelected in 2003.

Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Arizona tech Entrepreneur Jason Hope Donates Big To Worthy Causes

Jason Hope, the Arizona tech entrepreneur famous for founding mobile content provider Jawa, has been recognized in a special ceremony for his massive $500,000 contribution to the SENS Foundation, to be used in the study of atherosclerosis and its underlying disease processes. This is not the first time the prolific philanthropist has made a big donation. But Hope says that this donation marks a shift in his view of the direction in which medical research should go in the 21st century.

Echoing a growing medical consensus, Hope reflects on the fact that the current ethos driving the medical establishment, especially in the United States, is one that has emphasized treating diseases which have already appeared. In an unfortunate number of cases, these diseases are only caught in the advanced stages, when even cutting-edge treatments are less effective.

A silent killer deadlier than most know

Atherosclerosis is among the deadliest killers in its own right. Each year, more Americans die of coronary disease than of any other illness. Most of those cases are the direct end result of atherosclerosis. However, Jason Hope recognized that this disease’s claws dig much deeper into the health of the nation.

The underlying process that generates atherosclerotic plaque is implicated, at least in part, in almost every major degenerative disease associated with aging. In atherosclerosis, fibrinous plaques form when phospholipids and other substances flowing through the bloodstream attach to the walls of blood vessels. These cause small imperfection in the vessel wall, which the body recognizes as damage. An inflammatory response is then set in motion in which the body sends in its natural repair kit to cover up the injured spot and return the vessel wall to its normal state. However, the fibrinotic scar tissue, or plaque, only covers the damaged area. After many of these plaques form over and over, the blood supply can be severely restricted. If a plaque ruptures, a clot will form, which can cut off blood flow completely.