Betsy DeVos Fights for the Right to Education Options

Born to a public school teacher in 1958, Betsy DeVos was inspired at an early age to devote her life to advancing educational opportunities for children. While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mrs. DeVos became active in campus politics. I believe she merged these two strengths quite successfully to become the leader and philanthropist she is today.

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One of Betsy DeVos’s earliest endeavors proved to be one of her most important. In 1994, she and her husband began to visit the Potter’s House Christian School and were impressed to see the families and staff striving to ensure the children had a safe, stimulating and loving environment in which to learn. The DeVoses began to offer significant financial and interactive support, which they continue currently. Mrs. DeVos mentors individual students attending Potter’s House and has served on the Advisory Board since 1994. According to her biography on the U. S. Department of Education’s website, Betsy DeVos was compelled to expand her reach and for 15 years served as an in-school mentor for at-risk students in the Michigan public school system. She states that working with those teachers, students and parents, “changed my life and my perspective about education forever.” I trust she is sincere in her efforts to bring reform to the way school systems allocate education opportunities to children, especially the low-income and residents of poor neighborhoods. Her quest to advocate for the educational-choice movement began in the 1990s when she served on the boards of two national non-profits, the Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both agencies worked to expand educational choice through vouchers and tax credits, making private and charter schools more financially accessible to deserving children’s families.

Additionally, Betsy DeVos is encouraging the education system to end the policy of forcing students to attend a school based on geographic guidelines, a practice that removes the families’ rights to choose what is best for their children. In the years 2001 and 2002, Mrs. DeVos made such tremendous strides in opening opportunities for Michigan families to choose high-quality options for their children’s education that proponents of the movement took notice. These people began to encourage Betsy DeVos to broaden her influence nationally and she agreed, according to her 2013 interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable organization. She currently serves as chairwoman of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, both of which are agencies leading the national educational-choice movement. I am confident Betsy DeVos will continue to use her time and money to build on her successful efforts in educational-choice reform already improving the learning atmosphere in Florida, Michigan, Louisiana and Indiana. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table

Rick Shinto And Penelope Kokkinides Combine To Provide Efficient Medical Plans Through InnovaCare Health

As a prominent provider of controlled healthcare plans and services in the U.S and Puerto Rico, InnovaCare Health aims at creating sustainable health models that are supported by innovative technology and a team of hardworking professionals. As a testament to this, Rick Shinto, the firm’s current CEO, announced the addition of new individuals to InnovaCare Health’s management executive. These include Penelope Kokkinides as the Chief Administrative Officer, Jonathan Meyers as the Chief Actuary Officer, and Mike Sortino as the Chief Accounting Officer. This announcement was made in July 2016.

According to Rick Shinto, the addition of these highly qualified individuals will significantly boost InnovaCare’s commitment towards building long-lasting relationships with their clients. Before joining InnovaCare Health in 2012, Rick Shinto had served at Medical Pathways Management Company, Aveta, Cal-Optima Health Plan, MedPartners, and NAMM California in both clinical and administrative roles. In his medical career spanning more than 20 years, Rick Shinto has received various accolades, such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, as well as the Access to Caring Award in 2014.

Penelope Kokkinides bears a wealth of expertise in the managed care industry coming from over 20 years of specializing in governmental health plans such as Medicaid and Medicare. Before teaming up with Rick Shinto at InnovaCare Health, Penelope Kokkinides worked at AmeriChoice, Touchstone Health, Aveta, and Centerlight Healthcare. She has extensive knowledge in developing healthcare models for corporate entities with a focus on enhancing organizational efficiency and infrastructure.

Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides are charged with the responsibility of managing and regulating the Medicaid and Medicare plans distributed by InnovaCare Health. Together, the two executives aim at making visits to your physician’s office much more pleasurable and affordable. This is why in 2016; the firm joined the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ initiative to reform the payment models of the health system. This program is known as the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network. It is a partnership between the public and private sectors to provide top-notch, cost-effective medical services. Read the company overview at Bloomberg.

About InnovaCare Health Solutions

The firm specializes in offering affordable and high-quality medical services to citizens of the U.S and Puerto Rico. It is headquartered in New Jersey and currently has over 7500 employees who cater to its 200,000 members. InnovaCare Health offers two health plans in Puerto Rico through its affiliates; PMC Medicare Choice and MMM Healthcare. Visit their website at Innovacarehealth.com.

As proof of InnovaCare’s dedication to improving its quality of service and customer protection, in 2011, the company was awarded NCQA accreditation.