Jane LaRocca Roig has been a leader in higher education access, choice and success programs for over 40 years. She was a founding officer of Helios Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of students in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Ms. Roig has served on the board of the Helios Education Foundation for several years and chairs its Public Policy Committee.
Ms. Roig began her career in 1977 as Assistant Student Loan Manager at Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust in Louisville, Kentucky (now PNC Bank). She was soon promoted to Student Loan Manager, and to bank officer status the following year.
In 1981, Mrs. Roig joined the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). She held various management positions there, including Director of Program Administration, with overall management responsibilities for state grant, scholarship and student loan programs. She also served as Director of Federal Relations, Policy and Client Services.
While at KHEAA, Ms. Roig became active in statewide, regional and national student aid professional membership organizations, participating on and chairing several committees and task forces and receiving numerous awards and recognitions. She participated in the design of a standardized loan process and earned a national reputation for her work with the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER), chairing its Program Regulations Committee for several years. She was named to represent the organization’s membership on several US Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committees from 1993-2002.
Ms. Roig also held several positions on NCHER’s Board of Directors. Elected by the membership, she was the first woman in the organization’s 30 year history to serve as its Board Chair, leading NCHER during the 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act which established a new federal funding model for membership organizations. She has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce, on matters relating to regulatory reform in student aid programs.
In 2001, Ms. Roig joined Southwest Student Services Corporation (SSSC) as Senior Vice President, Government Relations and the following year was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, with operational and development responsibility for the organization’s activities in Arizona and Florida. Under her tenure, the organization grew to become the 8th largest holder of student loans in the U.S, with assets in excess of $5,000,000,000. The Helios Education Foundation is the result of the conversion and reorganization of SSSC and its affiliates, the Arizona and Florida Loan Marketing Corporations. Ms. Roig helped lead that process.
Ms. Roig founded and served as President of Tri-R Consulting Services, with a practice focused on non-profit executive management, higher education and financial services consulting.
In addition to the Helios Board, Ms. Roig serves on the boards of the Arizona Science Center, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, and the Leadership Council for the Pastor Center for Politics and Public Policy at Arizona State University. She enjoys spending time with family, travel, genealogy and sporting events. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Kentucky.