Bill Heberle's career of service to children began in 1980 when he joined the 26th Judicial Circuit of Missouri as a Deputy Juvenile Officer responsible for handling a combined caseload of children who were abused and neglected and juvenile offenders. His many achievements over the years include: the creation of a child safety and vandalism prevention program for elementary school children; and the expansion of a grant-in-aid program entitled Juvenile Court Diversion, which made $ 6.6 million available to local juvenile courts annually to develop community-based programs and divert youth from formal commitment to the Division of Youth Services (DYS). He also served as the Division's legislative liaison during the passage of the 1995 Juvenile Crime Bill and Safe Schools Act. In 1998, Mr. Heberle joined the Children's Trust Fund, a state and nonprofit agency whose purpose is to prevent child abuse and neglect through public education campaigns and the funding of grants to local communities. Since assuming the Executive Director's role, Mr. Heberle has introduced a new user-friendly grant application process that has been utilized to distribute over $6 million in prevention grants to Missouri's communities over the last three years. A relationship builder both with other state agencies and private organizations, Mr. Heberle continues to be innovative in using collaborative efforts to leverage funding from various sources to more effectively and efficiently support children and families. He has directed numerous public education campaigns, which address such critical issues as shaken baby syndrome. Proven an innovator both as a practitioner providing needed services in the field as well as an administrator providing effective leadership, Mr. Heberle often brings humor and a smile into the work place even at times when the issues at hand can be most difficult. Bill Heberle clearly demonstrates an ongoing commitment and compassion both personally and professionally to helping better the lives of Missouri's youth and their families.