Betty Cheyne Jones grew up on a farm in Northern New York, attending a one room schoolhouse. She graduated from high school at a young age, attended a Business School, and graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. She received her M.S.W. from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Betty has had a long and important career in social work: first at Big Sisters of New York, later for the New York City Youth Board where she worked with multi-problem families in Harlem. After two years of research at the Community Service Society, she was at Edwin Gould Services for Children for fourteen years where she went from being a front line social worker to Supervisor and then Director of Professional Services. In 1980 she became Executive Director of Brookwood Child Care, in Brooklyn, at large community-based child welfare agency offering foster care, adoption, day care, and preventive services.
Though retiring from Brookwood in 1994, she has continued to be involved as a Consultant and has periodically been employed as an Interim Director and Director of a 911 Disaster Relief program. She has a continuing interest in doing volunteer work and has continued to serve on several Boards.