Bruce Hodek is retired from a 37-year career in public service. He served as regional manager for the metro office, assistant director and – for the past 18 years – division director in the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD). Bruce’s accomplishments are many. He led the development of many new services for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing including the implementation of the Mental Health Program offered in the DHHSD regional offices. Bruce was also involved in the development of a consumer-directed services model for individuals who are DeafBlind, the design of the American Sign Language mentor program for families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and ongoing redesign of sign language interpreter referral services to focus on gaps in the marketplace. Additional projects included restructuring of community-based mental health services for adults who are Deaf and use sign language, development of mental health services specifically for children who have hearing loss, and implementation of TV news captioning in smaller Minnesota communities. During the recent years of significant budget reductions, Bruce led the reorganization of DHHS regional offices to maintain the infrastructure needed to support the most vulnerable Minnesotans with hearing loss.
Bruce’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. This is his second term.