Betty Woods

Betty Woods


Magnolia resident Betty Woods, former president/CEO of Premera Blue Cross, has joined the corporate governing board of Music4Life, the nonprofit organization that acquires musical instruments for use by students from low-income families in the Seattle, Highline and Shoreline school systems.

“Betty also is chair of the board of trustees of Seattle University,” noted David Endicott, president of Music4Life, “so we feel especially fortunate to have her join our efforts for the education of young musicians in local public schools.

“We particularly value her as a strategist,” Endicott said of Woods. “In this economy, low-income families are everywhere. The goal of Music4Life is to help these families get over the very first barrier they encounter: the acquisition of the musical instrument itself. Many families can’t even afford to rent one.” 

Endicott cited research showing that kids who study instrumental music do better in math, science, history, literature, languages (both foreign languages and English) and in other scholastic disciplines.