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Newly Elected Roig Brings History and Expertise to Helios Education Foundation Board of Directors

Posted on: September 28, 2009

PHOENIX, AZ — Helios Education Foundation recently the election of Jane Roig as the newest addition to its eight-member board of directors. Ms. Roig’s impressive professional background includes executive management, community leadership and consulting expertise within the education arena. As a former executive of Southwest Student Services Corporation, Helios’ predecessor, she has a long-standing commitment to increasing access to postsecondary education and was a key player in the creation of the Foundation.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ms. Roig’s talent and expertise to join our board of directors,” comments Paul J. Luna, president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. “She was integral in making Helios a reality and shares our commitment to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education.”

Ms. Roig is the current president of Tri-R Consulting Group, LLC, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based firm specialized in nonprofit management and corporate development consulting. Prior to her role at Tri-R, Ms. Roig was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Southwest Student Services Corporation, a multi-billion dollar student loan products and services company. Southwest was sold in 2004 to Sallie Mae. The proceeds from the sale were used to create the endowment for Helios Education Foundation. In her executive leadership role, Ms. Roig was part of the visionary management team that led the sale and transition from student loan provider to philanthropic organization.

"It is a privilege and an honor to be part of Helios Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing student success across the entire education continuum,” said Ms. Roig. “I truly believe that our work in early childhood education, the transition years and postsecondary scholarships has the ability to change lives and strengthen communities.”

A passionate community volunteer, Ms. Roig currently serves as vice chair of the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, a member of the Arizona Science Center Board of Trustees as well as the Steering Committee for the Phoenix Art Museum’s annual black tie fundraiser. Her volunteer efforts to advance education include serving on the Arizona Board of Regent’s 2009 Making Opportunity Affordable – Lumina Foundation Grant Application Team which is focused on developing, promoting and implementing statewide practices that will increase the number of college graduates in Arizona, and serving as a Teach for America Challenge Grant volunteer.

In addition to Ms. Roig, Helios Education Foundation’s board of directors includes: Vince Roig, chairman; Paul J. Luna, president and CEO; Don Aripoli, Vice President for Student Affairs Emeritus and Director of Development at Missouri State University; Dr. Ioanna Morfessis a business and economic development executive and CEO of IO.INC; Tom Herndon, former Executive Director of the Florida State Board of Administration and chief of staff to two Florida Governors; Mark Fernandez is the Senior Vice President/Chief Sales Officer for the Tampa Bay Rays; Barbara Ralston, President and CEO of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in Arizona and founder of Camelback Community Bank.

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