Bill LaRoque is the new Project Director at Visions!
William (Bill) La Roque is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakota Sioux from the Lake Traverse Reservation located in the Northeast corner of South Dakota. William is a parent of 3 children and has 7 beautiful grandchildren. William is a Vietnam era combat Veteran who served with the U.S. Army 101st. Airborne Division.
William has an Associate of Science degree as a I.H.S. Community Health Medic from Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Central Arizona College, a Bachelor of Art degree as a Teacher K-12 from the College of St. Thomas and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. These degrees have significantly assisted William to be very successful as an Educator, Health Professional and Executive Administrator and Manger of various Tribal and Urban Indian Organizations Health, Education and Social Programs and the Indian Health Service for over 30 Years.
Since serving in the military during the Vietnam Era conflict, William has been experiencing Military Service Connected Disability. At this time William is very excited to be the new Director of the Family Network on Disabilities of Florida (FND) VISIONS Program. The FND VISIONS program is a national program that provides specific Parent Training and Information services to Native American, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Native families who have children with disabilities and special needs. William's new position is very unique and challenging and William has the "Second to None" attitude to successfully administer and manage the FND VISIONS program successfully.
Bruce Renville - Outreach for Visions, Stationed in Region 5, Sioux Falls, SD
In July, 2011, Bruce began serving as an outreach worker with the Visions Program. The Visions Program is a part of the Family Network on Disabilities in Dunedin, Florida, and will focus on providing assistance to the Native communities in the Region.
After completing his formal education, Bruce worked for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program, National Indian Education Association, and the Pierre Indian Learning Center.
In 2005, Bruce retired from a successful 32-year career with the Indian Health Service. As the public health advisor for the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Bruce managed a wide network of commercial contracts with private health providers, professional recruitment firms, and performance improvement companies. Much of Bruce’s federal employment focused on government contracts and grants. Bruce developed an expertise in technical writing and was often recognized as a leader in developing innovative contracting practices for the Indian Health Service.
Bruce began his federal service in the Department of Education in Washington, DC, and also served in the Department of the Interior and Department of Health and Human Services.
Most recently, Bruce served as the Acting Planning Director for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in Sisseton, South Dakota. Bruce was responsible for economic and business development planning activities for the tribe.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a Masters of Arts in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota. Bruce is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in Sisseton, South Dakota.