Helios Appoints Steve Wheeler, Statewide Visionary and Recognized Community Leader, To Its Board of Directors

Posted on: January 28, 2013

Helios Education Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida to achieve postsecondary education success, announced today the appointment of Steve Wheeler to its Board of Directors. He joins eight other board members in providing strategic guidance and oversight of the Foundation’s $600 million endowment and over $125 million in community investments across both states.

“Having Steve Wheeler’s voice on our Board of Directors broadens the diversity of leadership and vision on the Board and continues to move us toward creating a culture where all students are successful in postsecondary education,” said Founding Chairman Vince Roig. “The stakes are high in today’s classrooms, and students will be expected to meet or exceed even higher academic standards in order to succeed. Through our investments, community engagement, staff expertise and board leadership, Helios is working to better prepare students for success, and Steve will be a tremendous asset in the continued evolution of that work.”

Steve is currently Chairman of the Board of Scottsdale Healthcare Corp., a community healthcare system in Arizona with approximately $1 billion in annual revenues; Director and Vice Chair of the Flinn Foundation, a $200 million privately endowed grantmaking organization focusing on biomedical research, education and the arts; Director and past Chairman of the Valley of the Sun United Way and a Trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum.

“I truly feel honored to be joining Helios’ Board of Directors,” said Steve Wheeler. “At its core, this work is about advancing academic preparedness and college and career readiness, all critical parts of building a globally-competitive and vibrant economy. Preparing our students to attain an education beyond high school is paramount, and I look forward to contributing to that cause through my participation on the Helios Board.”

Steve retired as Executive Vice President of Customer Service and Regulation for Arizona Public Service Company in 2010. Prior to that, he was a managing partner of the 450-attorney, southwestern law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he was Chairman of its Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law practice group and a member of the firm’s five-person Executive Committee.

He was previously Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl, President of the Arizona Theatre Company, Chairman of the Commission on the Arizona Environment and Chairman of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Through gubernatorial appointment, he has also been involved in state initiatives on childhood education, transportation and the environment.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif (top 5 percent academically).

In addition to Steve, Helios’ board members include Vince Roig, Founding Chairman; Don Aripoli, M.S.Ed, Ph.D; Mark Fernandez; Tom Herndon; Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation; Ioanna Morfessis, Ph.D; Jane Roig; and Maria Sastre.

About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating a high expectations, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for postsecondary education success. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years and Postsecondary Success.

Helios is contributing its leadership, expertise and financial resources to transform education systems, create a college-going culture, increase curriculum rigor, improve academic results and remove barriers to college access and completion. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over $125 million in numerous education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida.

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