Betsy joined the board of Friends of Music in 1999 as publicity director, later taking on publications tasks as well, and finally serving as president from 2008 through 2019. She and her late husband Michael, who had been a partner in the urban planning consulting firm started by George Raymond, founder of Friends of Music, had been subscribers since they moved to Croton-on-Hudson from White Plains in 1987.
Betsy is a writer and public relations specialist. Before she retired, she had been public information officer at the Westchester Medical Center, director of college relations at Westchester Community College, and part-time public information officer for the Town of New Castle. As a volunteer, she has had a long career with the League of Women Voters, including six years on the Board of the LWV of New York State. Currently she is secretary of the LWV of Westchester and chairs its annual study of the Westchester County Budget. She enjoys concerts and theater in the city, reading and her book club, and walking trails on near-by Teatown Lake Reservation and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley.
MUSICAL NOTES: Although she studied piano as a child and still plays for her own pleasure, she received a chamber music epiphany in high school when a date took her to hear a concert at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Her appreciation grew at Oberlin College, when she could take time from her political science studies to attend chamber music and other concerts sponsored by the Oberlin Conservatory. Everything she has done as an FOM Board member, she says, has deepened her knowledge of music and enriched her life.