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Representative  Bill Heller

District 52

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Biographical Information

City of Residence:  St. Petersburg

Occupation:  University Professor

Spouse:  Marlene Jeanne "Jeanne" Heller of Mobridge, South Dakota

Child(ren):  Cynthia Ann, James Richard, Cheri Rene

Grandchild(ren):  Cameron Heller, Rachel Ricker, Ella Ricker

Education:  Bradley University, 1954; Southern Illinois University, B.S., 1959; Northern Illinois University, M.S., 1961; Northern Illinois University, P.M.A., 1962; University of Northern Colorado, Ed.D., 1964

Born:  September 3, 1935, Scales Mound, IL

Military:  U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division 1954-1956, Parachutist Badge, Expert Rifleman's Badge

Moved to Florida:  1992

Religious Affiliation:  Congregational

Recreational Interest:  Civil War history, cultural arts (museums, orchestra, theater), reading, sports (baseball, basketball, football, softball), travel, walking

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2006, reelected subsequently

Other Public Service

University of South Florida St. Petersburg, CEO and Dean/Vice Chancellor

University of North Carolina Charlotte, College of Education, Dean

Bryce Psychiatric Hospital, Superintendent

Special Education Teacher, DeKalb, IL


Bayfront Health System, Board of Trustees, Chair, 2003-present

Family Resources, Inc.

Great Explorations, a children's museum, Chair of Board of Directors, 2003-present

Mahaffey Theater Foundation

Pinellas Association for Retarded Children

Pinellas County Arts Council, President, 2006-present

SPCA of Tampa Bay, past President

St. Petersburg Museum of History


Outstanding Leadership Award, Council on Exceptional Children 2006

Chancellor's Excellence in Service Award, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg 2005

Chairman's Award, Pinellas County Urban League 2004

Award for "making a difference in the lives of children," Pinellas County School System 2002

Honored by the City of St. Petersburg for a "Decade of Excellence" with August 21 being proclaimed "Bill Heller Day" by the City of St. Petersburg 2002

Romaine Mackie Leadership Award in Special Education, Pioneer Division, Council for Exceptional Children 2000

Recognized for outstanding contributions to the Betterment of the Community, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce 1996

E. Wallace Wallin Award, this is the highest honor bestowed by the Council and is predicated on excellence in leadership, service, and accomplishments in the education of children with exceptionalities, Council for Exceptional Children 1991

Outstanding Service Award to an ROTC unit, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Department of Defense 1991

Inducted into the University of Northern Colorado's Hall of Fame as one of its top 100 graduates in the University's 100 year history 1989

Teacher Educator of the Year Award, Teacher Education Division, Council of Exceptional Children and the Merrill Publishing Company. This is the highest award given in special education for exemplary accomplishment as a teacher/educator, 1981

Outstanding Faculty Member, College of Education, University of Alabama 1979

Presidential Citation for Exemplary Performance as Vice-Chairman, White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals 1977

Commendation for Exemplary Service as Superintendent of Bryce Psychiatric Hospital, Alabama Senate Resolution #117 1976

Two Merit Awards for Exemplary Service in Government, U.S. Office of Education, Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, Washington, D.C. 1970, 1971

Recipient, P.L. 85-826 Doctoral Fellowship in Special Education 1963, 1964

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