Originally from Chicago, Heather moved to Oregon in 1996 to not only escape the weather patterns in Chicago, but to begin her educational journey. Since 1996 she has been on a career path that focuses on working towards advocacy for all students. She settled on the career of a counselor because she wanted to be actively involved in the academic, personal/social, and career success of all students.
Heather worked as a middle school counselor in the West-Linn Wilsonville School District for 6 years, where she implemented the ASCA National Model. While working as a professional school counselor she felt a calling to be more directly involved in the preparatory programs for school counselors. This calling and her passion for school counseling led to her pursuit of a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University. In addition to experience working in the schools, Heather is a Nationally Certified Counselor and previously provided counseling in a small private practice to children, adolescents, and adults. She is a member of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American School Counseling Association, and the Oregon School Counseling Association.